Game over: Red Sox 8, Twins 6
Jonathan Papelbon preserved the two-run lead and win for Alfredo Aceves on a night when Tim Wakefield fell short of his 200th win in his third attempt. Big night for David Ortiz - four hits, three RBIs, and his 22d homer. Marco Scutaro (.280) added three hits and an RBI, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia had two hits, a home run and a double, and knocked in a pair of runs.
Time of game was 3 hours.
Top 9th: Red Sox 8, Twins 6
The Red Sox ovecome a bad base-running mistake by Jacoby Ellsbury to take the lead on David Ortiz's two-out RBI single off Twins closer Joe Nathan.
Bad play by Ellsbury getting caught stealing by lefty Glen Perkins. You could tell from the beginning, that Ellsbury had hesitancy with Perkins's move. When he finally broke, Perkins threw over to first and the Twins were able to get Ellsbury at second. That was with Adrian Gonzalez at the plate, one out. Gonzalez then singled to right.
Pedroia had a very tough at-bat, which culminated in an infield single to third base. After Darnell McDonald pinch-ran for Adrian Gonzalez, Ortiz stroked single to left center, his fourth hit and third RBI of the game.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled to left field, scoring an insurance run.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 6, Twins 6
One out away from escaping from a major jam, Alfredo Aceves allowed a single to center by Jason Kubel, scoring Plouffe with the tying run. Aceves allowed a leadoff double to Plouffe, who moved to third on Joe Mauer's hard liner to center. After Michael Cuddyer grounded out to third, with the runner holding, Kubel came up with the clutch hit, ending Wakefield's third bid for his 200th win.
Wakefield allowed five runs, three earned, over seven innings, and once again deserved a chance to win.
Top 8th: Red Sox 6, Twins 5
The Sox have their first lead, which puts Tim Wakefield in line for a win. David Ortiz doubled with a long blast to the wall in left center. He moved to third on a ground out by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and scored when pinch-hitter Mike Aviles, summoned to hit for Josh Reddick with lefty Glen Perkins on the mound, sent a ground ball to shortstop. Trevor Plouffe fired to the plate and had Ortiz nailed, but Joe Mauer, who had blocked the plate, dropped the ball allowing Ortiz to go back and tag the plate. Bad error by Mauer, who was booed.
Top 7th: Twins 5, Red Sox 5
Matt Capps induced an inning-ending 5-4-3 DP by Dustin Pedroia as the Twins dodged a major bullet. The Sox loaded them up on a single to right by Marco Scutaro, his third hit, an infield single by Jacoby Ellsbury and the runners advanced on Carl Crawford's sac bunt. Adrian Gonzalez was walked intentionally to set up Pedroia. But this time Pedroia couldn't get it done and was a half-step too slow in beating the relay.
Bottom 6th: Twins 5, Red Sox 5
Wakefield responded to his teammates offensive surge with a scoreless sixth.
Top 6th: Twins 5, Red Sox 5
The Red Sox have given Tim Wakefield a chance to win No. 200 after all.
Carl Crawford, hitting second, turned on the after-burners to leg out a triple after a shot to the gap in right center. He came in on Adrian Gonzalez's sacrifice fly, his 92d RBI. After Pedroia, tonight's cleanup hitter, singled, David Ortiz hit a mammoth shot into the upper deck, a 438-foot shot for his 22d homer. Saltalamacchia then tied it putting a nice lefthanded swing on an 0-and-2 pitch from Baker.
Bottom 5th: Twins 5, Red Sox 1
Twins keep inching away from the Sox and making it more and more difficult for Wakefield to secure that 200th win. With one out Span and Plouffe singled and Span road home on Joe Mauer's double to right center.
Top 5th: Twins 4, Red Sox 1
Marco Scutaro stroked his second hit, after four on Sunday. Gonna be tough to get this guy out of the lineup.
Bottom 4th: Twins 4, Red Sox 1
Jason Kubel hit a high towering fly ball that kept traveling into the bleachers for a home run. It came on the first pitch from Wakefield. Lowrie, playing third base, was shifted over to shortstop on the Jim Thome shift and was charged with an error when he fumbled a hard-hit grounder. But on the next batter, Danny Valencia grounded to third where Lowrie started a 5-4-3 double play.
Top 4th: Twins 3, Red Sox 1
Scott Baker has thrown a pair of 1-2-3 innings at the Sox in the third and fourth innings while Wakefield has settled down for the Sox. Wakefield is making his third attempt at 200 wins. He went 6 2/3 innings against Cleveland Aug. 3, allowing three runs on five hits in a no-decision and before that pitched seven effective innings and allowed three runs in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Suffice to say, Wakefield could use some run support tonight.
Bottom 2nd: Twins 3, Red Sox 1
Ugly inning for the Red Sox. After Michael Cuddyer started things off with a double to left field, Jason Kubel singled to right. Josh Reddick fielded the ball and made an off-line throw to Jarrod Saltalamaccia to the right side of the plate. Salty caught the ball and made a swipe tag of Cuddyer, who would have been out had Salty held on to the ball.
Salty looked as if he rolled an ankle on the play but stayed in the game. Jim Thome's double drove in the second run, and a passed ball on a Wakefield knuckler accounted for the third Twins run.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, Twins 0
The Sox struck first as the red-hot Marco Scutaro singled in David Ortiz with Boston's first run. Ortiz had singled to center and with two outs Jed Lowrie, back active after a long stint on the DL, singled to right. Scutaro knocked in the run.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Twins 0
Tim Wakefield is off to a good start toward his 200th win. A 1-2-3.inning.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Twins 0
Scott Baker looked strong in the first inning. Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford both fanned and after Adrian Gonzalez singled, Pedroia grounded out..
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