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Final: Twins 6, Red Sox 5 (10 innings)

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  August 3, 2012 07:00 PM

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Game over: Twins 6, Red Sox 5:

The Red Sox suffered yet another loss to the Minnesota Twins, this one in extra inning. The Sox squandered a 5-1 lead in the fifth and then failed to break a 5-5 stalemate, going 3-for-14 with RISP.

RHP Jared Burton retired the bottom of the Sox order in 1-2-3 fashion in the bottom of the 10th before a Fenway Park crowd of 37,285.

Top of 10th: Twins 6, Red Sox 5: Jamey Caroll drove in the go-ahead run when he ripped an RBI single to center that scored Darin Mastroianni, who reached on a lead-off double to right. Carroll, who reached in all five plate appearances after drawing a walk in his first plate appearance, matched his career high with his fourth hit of the night.

Padilla limited the damage to one run when he struck out Revere (looking) to end the inning.

Jared Burton entered the bottom of the frame in relief of Jeff Gray (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K).

Bottom of 9th: Red Sox 5, Twins 5: After Gray struck out Ross and got Gonzalez to fly to center, Lavarnway came to the plate with a .000 batting average and an 0-for-7 skein. He snapped it with a towering double off the wall in left that kept the inning alive.

With pinch-runner Pedro Ciriaco in the game for Lavarnway, Middlebrooks came to the plate and fouled off six off the first seven pitches he faced before grounding out to third to send the game into extra innings. It made the Red Sox 3-for-14 with RISP.

Top of 9th: Red Sox 5, Twins 5 Miller seemed to be cruising along when he got the first two outs of the inning with relative ease. But when he struggled to get the third out, walking Willingham and hitting Morneau, it prompted Bobby Valentine to summon Vicente Padilla from the bullpen to face Danny Valencia, who struck out on three pitches -- all four-seam fastballs.

Bottom of 8th: Red Sox 5, Twins 5 Once again the Red Sox threatened when Crawford ripped a one-out single to right off reliever Alex Burnett and Shoppach followed with a sharply-struck single to left.

It put two men aboard for Aviles, who drew a walk that loaded the bases and ended Burnett's night. LHP Tyler Robertson entered the game to face Ellsbury, who got ahead of the count at 2-and-1, fouled off three sliders, then struck out swinging on a 90-m.p.h. two-seam fastball.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire summoned RHP Jeff Gray to face Pedroia, who stranded all three base runners when he took a called strike on the first pitch and flew to right on the next pitch to end the inning. Boston is 3-for-13 with RISP after eight innings.

Top of 8th: Red Sox 5, Twins 5 Andrew Miller was summoned from the bullpen to relieve Mark Melancon (1P, 1H, 1K), who gave up a two-out single to Jamey Carroll, who reached after hitting a scorched comebacker to the mound.

Miller came in and got Span to ground to second for the third out of the inning.

Bottom of 7th: Red Sox 5, Twins 5 The Sox squandered a huge scoring opportunity with two outs. After a pair of very questionable strikeout calls on Ellsbury and Pedroia by home plate umpire Mark Wegner, Ross reached on a double off the wall.

Gonzalez, who entered the game leading the majors with a .414 batting average with men in scoring position, was intentionally walked. Fien then induced Lavarnway (0-for-3 RISP) to hit a pop foul to the catcher to end the inning.

Top of 7th: Red Sox 5, Twins 5: After Breslow (1.1 IP, 1 H) gave up a two-out double to Morneau, Mark Melancon entered the game and ended the potential threat by striking out Valencia.

Casey Fien replaced Duensing (6 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 3 K, 90 pitches)

Bottom of 6th: Red Sox 5, Twins 5: A 1-2-3 inning for Duensing, who struck out the last two batters he faced: Shoppach and Aviles.

Top of 6th,: Red Sox 5, Twins 5: Tazawa was not long for the game when he was quickly relieved by newly acquired lefty Craig Breslow, who entered the sixth after Tazawa gave up a one-out double to Jamey Carroll.

Breslow got Span to hit a broken-bat ground out to second and got Revere to ground to third, running his scoreless streak to 2.0 innings in as many outings.

Bottom of 5th: Red Sox 5, Twins 5: It looked like the Twins were going to give away the go-ahead run when Cody Ross reached on an error after his sharply-struck grounder found a way through the legs of third baseman Danny Valencia (five-hole). Ross went to second on an error by Mauer, who airmailed his throw to second after Gonzalez hit a nubber that died in front of the plate.

Duensing got out of the jam when DH Ryan Lavarnway grounded into a 4-6-3 double play and Will Middlebrooks hit a pop foul to first.

Junichi Tazawa will take over for Doubront (5 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 4 BB, 2 K, 97 pitches) in the top of the 6th.

Top of 5th: Red Sox 5, Twins 5: The wheels started to wobble for Doubront when he issued a walk to Joe Mauer that loaded the bases for Josh Willingham, prompting a mound visit from pitch coach Bob McClure.

It didn't seem to help Doubront much when he walked Willingham, which enabled Span, who reached on a fielder's choice, and went to second on Ben Revere's single to left, to score from third on the walk.

When Doubront threw two more balls to the next batter, Morneau, prompting a mound visit from Pedroia, who attempted to settle down the young lefty. Even that didn't seem to help much when Morneau slapped a two-run single to shallow center, scoring Revere and Mauer, making it 5-4.

Danny Valencia tied it, 5-5, when his sacrifice fly to right (which was run down by Cody Ross) scored Willingham from third. Doubront, who gave up four runs on three hits and a pair of walks, got out of the inning when he got Mastroianni to fly to center.

Bottom of 4th, Red Sox 5, Twins 1: Duensing gets Pedroia, who singled in his first two at-bats, to ground into an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play.

Top of 4th: Red Sox 5, Twins 1: Doubront gave up a lead-off single to left to Justin Mourneau but retired the next three batters he faced, striking out Danny Valencia (looking), getting Darin Mastroianni to ground to firsta and Brian Dozier to ground out to short. Through four innings, Doubront has thrown 64 pitches (42 strikes), and has allowed one run on five hits and two walks.

Bottom of 3d: Red Sox 5, Twins 1: After Adrian Gonzalez broke a 1-1 tie with his RBI single to left that scored Dustin Pedroia from second, Carl Crawford delivered a huge blow against Brian Duensing when he belted a 3-run homer to the Sox bullpen in right.

The three runs were unearned after first baseman Justin Morneau misplayed a pop foul by Crawford and dropped it, giving the Sox left fielder a second chance. Crawford crushed the next pitch, an 89-mile-per-hour sinker from Duensing, for his third homer of the game, giving the Sox a 5-1 lead.

Top of 3d: Twins 1, Red Sox 1: Big double-play ball helped Doubront get out of the inning after he issued a one-out walk to Joe Mauer then induced Josh Willingham to hit into a 1-4-3 double play.

Bottom of 2d, 2 outs: Twins 1, Red Sox 1: Kelly Shoppach helped the Sox tie the game when his RBI single to center scored Carl Crawford, who reached on a two-out double to right.

Shoppach advanced to second on Aviles's ground ball single to center, but both wound up stranded on base when Ellsbury flew to left to end the inning.

Top of 2d: Twins 1, Red Sox 0: Justin Morneau, who reached on a lead-off double off the wall and advanced on Danny Valencia's sacrifice fly to right, scored Minnesota's first run on Darin Mastroianni's broken-bat RBI single up the middle just beyond the grasp of diving shortstop Mike Aviles.


Dubront earned a mound visit from pitching coach Bob McClure after issuing a walk to No. 9 hitter Jamey Carroll, which put two men aboard for Span, who wound up grounding out to second.

Bottom of 1st: Twins 0, Red Sox 0: With one out and runners on the corners after Jacoby Ellsbury beat out a broken-bat infield chopper to second for a base hit and then went to third on Dustin Pedroia's single to center, Adrian Gonzalez came up and grounded into 6-4-3 double play to strand both runners. That made it 10 consecutive scoreless innings against the Twins.

Top of 1st: Twins 0, Red Sox 0: Great running grab by Jacoby Ellsbury in right center, which robbed Josh Willingham of a potential run-scoring hit with Ben Revere at third. Ellsbury's outstanding glove work enabled starter Felix Doubront to get out of the innning after throwing 19 pitches (12 for strikes).

Pregame

Greetings from Fenway Park where the .500 Red Sox (53-53) will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak in the second game of this four-game series against the Minnesota Twins (45-60). The Red Sox, who were shut out by Samuel Deduno in Thursday night's 5-0 setback, will send LHP Felix Doubront (10-5, 4.37 ERA) to the mound to oppose LHP Brian Duensing (2-6, 4.53).

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