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Final: Red Sox 4, Twins 3

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  August 9, 2011 08:06 PM

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Game over: Red Sox 4, Twins 3

Jonathan Papelbon saves his 26th game with a 1-2-3 inning. The game was played in 3:19 before 39,974.

Top 7th: Red Sox 4, Twins 3

Sox load them up on a pair of walks to Pedroia and Youkilis sandwiched by a Gonzalez double. Pedroia scores on David Ortiz's soft tapper near the mound which lefty Phil Doumatrait stumbled off the mound and couldn't field it.

Bottom 6th: Twins 3, Red Sox 3

Matt Albers has now allowed a run in three of his last four outings. Tsuyoshi Nishioka doubled in Danny Valencia with the tying run.

Top 6th: Red Sox 3, Twins 2

Jason Varitek knocks in the go-ahead run vs. Liriano. Bedard's line: 5 IP, 3H, 2R, 4BB, 6 K's. He threw 90 pitches. Sox have to be somewhat happy with the outing considering he got squeezed a bit by umpire Tim McClelland early in the game.

Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Twins 2

Darnell McDonald, the No. 9 hitter, launched a two-run homer to left field. He hit a 1-and-2 pitch 412 feet on a line with No. 8 hitter Jason Varitek aboard. Varitek had walked.

Bottom 4th: Twins 2, Red Sox 0

Bedard seems to be dialed in now. He's getting hitters to bite on his curveball. And umpire Tim McClelland seems to be have his eye back.

Bottom 3rd: Twins 2, Red Sox 0

Bedard put a pair of runners on base in the third, but was able to get out of it. He pitched a 1-2-3 second inning so he's been all over the map. The Sox still can't solve Liriano, and this a true snapshot of his career. When he's good, he can be very good, and when he's bad he's very bad. And it can be that way during the course of the same game.

Bottom 1st: Twins 2, Red Sox 0

Bedard got off to a shaky start, walking Ben Revere and then falling behind on the count to Joe Mauer, who singled to center field on a ball that might have been a double-play grounder. But the Twins had the hit-and-run on, and shortstop Jed Lowrie broke from the bag and left the hole vacated precisely where Mauer hit it. Revere scored on Michael Cuddyer's line drive to center.

Bedard had control issues walking the next two batters - Jason Kubel and Jim Thome - to load the bases. He struck out Danny Valencia but walked Delmon Young on what looked to be a strike.

Bedard struck out Tsuyoshi Nishioka for the final out. He needed 37 pitches to retire the side.

Thome's walk, by the way, was the 1,708th of his career, tying Mel Ott for eighth all-time.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Twins 0

The Sox loaded the bases with two outs, but Jed Lowrie, batting sixth in the Sox order, grounded out to third base to end the threat. Dustin Pedroia walked to start things with one out. After Adrian Gonzalez singled, Kevin Youkilis hit a hard line drive to right that advanced Pedroia to third. David Ortiz was pitched to carefully by Francisco Liriano and walked him before Lowrie made the final out.

Pre-game: Great night for a ballgame at Target Field. Great meeting all of the nice folks here from Boston and transplanted Bostonians who now live in this area.

Erik Bedard goes for the Sox. They'd like to see a progression from the five innings he threw last time out. Bedard has incentive to do well. He's a free agent and pitching for Boston is huge exposure for him.

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