Red Sox vs Twins Recap
Alfredo Aceves was able to nail the coffin shut on a four-game skid with a scoreless outing in the 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins for the Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon.
After being up 6-1 entering the ninth inning, Vicente Padilla came into the ball game and immediately surrendered a home run to Josh Willingham that just squeaked over the centerfield wall. After walking Justin Morneau, he surrendered another homer to Ryan Doumit to cut the lead to 6-4.
Aceves got the next three batters out to earn his 23 rd save of the season.
Franklin Morales improved to 3-2 on the season after going six strong innings. He allowed one run on three hits and only struck out four in the victory.
Nick Blackburn only lasted five innings for the Twins. He allowed four earned runs and nine hits. The big blow came in the fifth on a two-run home run for Adrian Gonzalez with outs in the inning. His homer put the Red Sox up 4-1.
The Red Sox started off the scoring with a groundout for Carl Crawford in the third inning to make it 1-0. Adrian Gonzalez hit a single to center to score Jacoby Ellsbury and made it 2-0.
The Twins scored in the top of the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly for Ben Revere that scored Alexi Casilla.
Two more runs were tacked on by the Red Sox in the seventh and eighth innings.
Cody Ross made it 5-1 on a RBI single to center that scored Crawford. Ellsbury hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth to score Ryan Kalish that made it 6-1.
The Red Sox finished only 3-of-11 with runners in scoring position. But the Twins were held hitless (0-for-8) in the same situations.
The Red Sox stay at home for a three-game series against the Texas Rangers. The Minnesota Twins stay on the road and head to Progressive Field to take on the Cleveland Indians.
By: Brian Roach
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