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Final: Red Sox 11, Twins 2

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  April 24, 2012 08:05 PM

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Game over:

Matt Albers finishes off the Twins in the ninth, after giving up a Sean Burroughs double to right. The game was played in 3:03. WP-Beckett (2-2), Loser Nick Blackburn (0-2).

Top 9th: Red Sox 11, Twins 2

Mike Aviles with four hits tonight to pace Boston's 18-hit attack. He finished a triple short of the cycle.

Bottom 8th: Red Sox 11, Twins 2

Scott Atchison mows down the Twins.

Top 8th: Red Sox 11, Twins 2

Hmmm. Wonder if Bobby Valentine thinks this 9-run lead is safe? Lars Anderson with a single to left pinch hitting for Adrian Gonzalez. After David Ortiz walked, Valentine had Nick Punto pinch hit for Kevin Youkilis. He also walked to load the bases. Darnell McDonald pinch hit for Cody Ross. McDonald drove in a run with a ground ball to third. Punto took out the second baseman to prevent a DP, allowing a run to score.

Bottom 7th: Red Sox 10, Twins 2

Beckett is out after six. He threw 100 pitches, allowed 5 hits and 2 runs with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. One NL scout's assessment: "Settled in with better mechanics and release point. Got good sink and cut and mix of effective curveball and changeup kept hitters off balance. Has pitched and focussed well on both sides of the platre. was sneaky fast and got some late swings." Scott Atchison came on and retired the side.

Top 7th: Red Sox 10, Twins 2

Sox went down 1-2-3 in the 7th as Twins pitching is finally excelling.

Bottom 6th: Red Sox 10, Twins 2

Beckett strikes out the side.

Top 6th: Red Sox 10, Twins 2

Sox go down in order for the first time.

Bottom 5th: Red Sox 10, Twins 2

Josh Willingham doubled in Denard Span, who had doubled to lead off the inning. Rain has stopped.

Top 5th: Red Sox 10, Twins 1

Boston got a big break playing Lee County rival Minnesota this week. The Sox keep pummeling Twins pitching. Four hits in the inning produced three more runs. Aviles, with his third hit, a double, drove in Marlon Byrd, who is 2 for 3. Dustin Pedroia drove in Aviles with a double off the right-field wall. and Adrian Gonzalez doubled to left center, his third hit and second RBI.


Bottom 4th: Red Sox 7, Twins 1

Beckett looks to have settled down nicely, Marlon Byrd makes a nice running catch in center after a long run.

Top 4th: Red Sox 7, Twins 1

Mike Aviles hit a solo homer to left to start the inning. After a double by Ryan Sweeney, Adrian Gonzalez knocked him in with a single. Some light rain has started.

Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 5, Twins 1

Joe Mauer singled and Josh Willingham doubled, but Beckett escapes.

Top 3rd: Red Sox 5, Twins 1

David Ortiz, the AL's leading hitter, launched a 429-foot blast to right field with Adrian Gonzalez on board. It was Ortiz's third homer and he's already knocked in three of the five runs.

Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 3, Twins 1

Beckett had a 1-2-3 inning to bounce back from his rough first.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 3, Twins 1

The Red Sox wasted a leadoff double to right by Kelly Shoppach, who is 9 for 17 vs. Nick Blackburn. The next three Sox went down in order.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 3, Twins 1

Josh Beckett struggled with command, walking three batters, including Justin Morneau with the bases loaded after allowing a leadoff single to Denard Span. Beckett bowed his neck and struck out Ryan Doumit. Beckett went 3-0 on Danny Valencia and shouted something at home plate umpire Adrian Johnson on a close pitch. When he retired Valencia on a grounder to third he walked off the mound and again gestured toward Johnson and then got into it with third base umpire Fieldin Culbreth. Beckett could have easily been thrown out of the game, but was spared.

Top 1st: Red Sox 3, Twins 0

The Twins have proven to be good medicine for the Red Sox so far. The Sox unloaded for five hits and three runs. The Sox took a 2-0 lead when they pummeled righty Nick Blackburn. Mike Aviles led off with a double to left center followed by an RBI single by Ryan Sweeney, who entered the game hitting .400. After Dustin Pedroia grounded into a fielder's choice erasing Sweeney at second base, Adrian Gonzalez singled to right and David Ortiz singled to left scoring the second run. Following a single to right by Kevin Youkilis to load the bases, Cody Ross drove in the third run with a grounder to first base. Marlon Byrd ended the inning with a ground ball to third.

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