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Final: Red Sox 6, Twins 5

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  April 23, 2012 07:59 PM

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Game over: Red Sox 6, Twins 5: Aceves allowed a one-out single but got his third save. Two shutout innings for the Red Sox bullpen. Imagine that.

Back with more from the clubhouse later.

Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 6, Twins 5: Ross homered again. Aceves in to try and close it out

Top of the 9th: Twins 5, Red Sox 5: After Lester went seven innings and 112 pitches, Morales came out of the bullpen to start the bottom of the eighth inning. He got ahead of Jamey Carroll but left a fastball up and over the plate that was lined down the right field line.

Right fielder Ryan Sweeney misplayed a bounce and was charged with a two-base error as Carroll went to third.

With the infield in, Joe Mauer grounded to first. Carroll stayed at third. Bobby Valentine then called in Bard.

It was the first relief appearance of the season for Bard, whose start was skipped when the Red Sox were rained out on Sunday. But it was not an unfamiliar situation for the former set-up man.

On a full-count pitch, Josh Willingham lined to third as Carroll dove back to the bag. The dangerous Justin Morneau was next and Valentine had him intentionally walked to get to Ryan Doumit, who had never before faced Bard.

Doumit swung at the first pitch and popped to shortstop.

Middle of the 8th: Twins 5, Red Sox 5: The Sox went in order against Jared Burton and Brian Duensing. Franklin Morales will come in for the bottom of the inning.

Bottom 7th: Twins 5, Red Sox 5

Lester retires the side in order. probably his last inning as Franklin Morales is ready.

Top 7th: Twins 5, Red Sox 5

Cody Ross launched a two-run homer to the second deck in left field (406 feet) to tie it up. Salty had singled to right.

Bottom 6th: Twins 5, Red Sox 3

Lester has a strong inning and seems to have found consistency in his delivery.

Top 6th: Twins 5, Red Sox 3

The Twins turned a tremendous double-play on a hard grounder by David Ortiz up the middle on which Jamey Carroll made a nice diving stop, flipped to second baseman Trevor Plouffe while on the ground. Plouffe made a nifty turn to edge Ortiz by a step at first. The Sox seemed to be in business when Ryan Sweeney and Dustin Pedroia began the inning with singles, but Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to second base.

Bottom 5th: Twins 5, Red Sox 3

Lester allowed another run. he walked No. 9 hitter Trevor Plouffe and allowed a single to leadoff man Denard Span to start the fifth. Jamey Carroll knocked into a double-play scoring the fifth run.

Top 5th: Twins 4, Red Sox 3

Ross, Byrd and Aviles go down in order.

Bottom 4th: Twins 4, Red Sox 3

The roof caved in on Lester. He put two hitters on base with one out - Mauer with a single and Willingham with a walk - but he froze Justin Morneau with a 93 mph fastball. Ryan Doumit stroked a lined single to left scoring a pair of runs. Doumit went to third on a throwing error by Mike Aviles. Danny Valencia hit a 417-foot two-run blast to centerfield to break an 0-for-11 on a 1-2 pitch to put the Twins ahead.

Top 4th: Red Sox 3, Twins 0

David Ortiz singled to rightcenter, but after Span made a nice running diving catch to rob Kevin Youkilis, Salty hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 3, Twins 0

Two K's for Lester in a strong inning.

Top 3rd: Red Sox 3, Twins 0

The Sox wasted a Ryan Sweeney double with one out. Sweeney was cut down on Dustin Pedroia's grounder to shortstop trying to go to third.

Bottom 2d: Red Sox 3, Twins 0

Lester gets another 6-4-3 double-play grounder (Danny Valencia) to end the inning.

Top 2d: Red Sox 3, Twins 0

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer with Kevin Youkilis aboard on an 0-2 pitch to extend Boston's lead. Ortiz singled down the third base line and was erased on Youkilis's fielder's choice at second base. Salty, who has swung the bat way better than his .206 average, then struck with the homer. In his first plate appearance with the Red Sox, Marlon Byrd grounded out to second base. He's now 3-for-44 on the season.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Twins 0

Denard Span walked and was erased on a Jamey Carroll double-play grounder. Joe Mauer singled, but the red-hot Josh Willingham struck out.

Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Twins 0

Adrian Gonzalez' opposite-field sacrifice fly scored Mike Aviles with Boston's first run. Aviles led off the game with a single to left and advanced to third on a one-out single by Dustin Pedroia. After Gonzalez drove in the run, Pedroia was thrown out trying to steal.

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