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Final: Red Sox 6, Twins 5 (11)

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  May 6, 2013 07:00 PM

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Final: Red Sox 6, Twins 5, 11 innings Stephen Drew went 4 for 5, hit a solo homer and belted an RBI double to the base of the wall in left field in the bottom of the 11th to lift the Red Sox to a walk-off victory, 6-5, over the Minnesota Twins Monday night minutes before the clock struck midnight, bringing a merciful conclusion to a game that lasted 4 hours, 44 minutes.

The victory snapped the Red Sox three-game losing streak as Drew recorded his third walk-off hit of his career to deliver Boston its third walk-off victory of the season, making a winner of Clayton Mortensen (1-2), who pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and a pair of walks and one strikeout.

Top 11th: Twins 5, Red Sox 5 Clayton Mortensen submitted another yeoman's effort, holding it down for the Red Sox after allowing a two-out single to Eduardo Escobar. Mortensen stranded Escobar when he got Justin Morneau to fly to left.

UPDATE, 11:52 p.m.: Sox announce Joel Hanrahan left game with right forearm tightness.

Bottom 10th: Twins 5, Red Sox 5 Anthony Swarzak answered Mortensen with a 1-2-3 inning which including a pair of strikeouts of Dustin Pedroia and Mike Carp, both of whom went down swinging to send it to the 11th.

Ryan Dempster began warming up in the Sox bullpen.

Top 10th: Twins 5, Red Sox 5 Clayton Mortensen held it down for the Sox, walking a pair of batters, but stranding both when he induced Ryan Doumit to ground to first, where Mike Napoli made a diving stab and got to his feet to flip the ball to Mortensen for the inning-ending out.

Bottom 9th: Twins 5, Red Sox 5 We're going to extra innings. After Will Middlebrooks struck out swinging, Stephen Drew reached on a sharply-struck single to right.

Anthony Swarzak ended the threat when he got Jacoby Ellsbury to ground into a rally-killing, 4-6-3 double play. It marked the third extra-inning affair of the season for the Red Sox, who split their first two such games.

Top 9th: Twins 5, Red Sox 5 Brian Dozier belted a solo homer off Sox closer Joel Hanrahan to tie the game, 5-5. Dozier drove a 3-and-2 pitch into the Green Monster seats near left-center field. It was his first of the season.

After striking out Joe Mauer, then walking Josh Willingham, Hanrahan departed the game when he appeared to injure himself on a high first-pitch fastball to Justin Morneau, prompting manager John Farrell and a trainer to rush out to the mound.

With Andrew Bailey on the 15-day disabled list, and Hanrahan hors de combat, Clayton Mortensen was summoned to fill-in as the emergency replacement at closer. With two out and an inherited runner at first, Mortensen got out of the jam by getting Morneau to hit a slow roller that third baseman Will Middlebrooks barehanded and fired to first for a close play that resulted in an inning-ending ground out.

Bottom 8th, Red Sox 5, Twins 4 Dustin Pedroia put on a Laser Show with a towering leadoff solo homer off Casey Fein, giving the Sox a one-run lead. It was Pedroia's first homer of the season and first since he belted one on Sept. 11, 2012, in New York.

David Ortiz followed by ripping a double down the line to right off Anthony Swarzak, extending his hitting streak to 26 games. After Mike Napoli lined out to first, Pedro Ciriaco entered the game to pinch run for Ortiz.

Swarzak got out of the inning when he struck out Daniel Nava (looking) and Joe Maurer threw out Ciriaco as he attempted to steal third after Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a walk.

Top 8th: Twins 4, Red Sox 4 Craig Brelow relieved Andrew Miller (.2 IP, 2 K) to start the eighth. He submitted a 1-2-3 inning with a flyout to right, a strikeout (swinging), and a deep flyball to center.

Joel Hanrahan came into the game to close it out in the ninth.

Bottom 7th: Twins 4, Red Sox 4 Stephen Drew greeted Twins reliever Casey Fien, who started the seventh in relief of Brian Duensing, by taking him yard with a one-out solo homer to right field, tying the game, 4-4.

It was Drew's second homer of the season after belting his first May 1 in a 10-1 romp at Toronto. Clay Buchholz, no doubt, pumped his fist at the sight of Drew's homer disappearing into front row of the right field bleachers. It allowed the righthander to remain unbeaten seven starts this season.

Top 7th: Twins 4, Red Sox 3 Alex Wilson, we barely knew ye. Wilson entered the seventh in relief of Clay Buchholz and gave up a single, a walk before striking out Josh Willingham and handing the baton to Andrew Miller.

With inherited runners on first and second, Miller came in and struck out Justin Morneau with an 86-m.p.h. slider and Chris Parmalee with an 85 slider to extinguish the threat. Craig Breslow, who was called up Monday from Pawtucket after Andrew Bailey (bicep) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, was summoned to begin warming up in the bullpen.

Bottom 6th: Twins 4, Red Sox 3 Vance Worley was done for the night after he gave up sharply struck singles to Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia, putting two men aboard for David Ortiz. It prompted Twins manager Ron Gardenhire to make a pitching change, bringing in Brian Duensing to face Big Papi.

Duensing got Ortiz to ground into a 3-6-1 double play which wiped out Pedroia at second and enabled Victorino to advance to third. Mike Napoli came up and laced an RBI single to right, scoring Victorino to pull the Sox within one run. Daniel Nava walked to put two men aboard for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who fanned on Duensing's 84-mile-per-hour slider.

Alex Wilson was summoned to replace Buchholz on the mound in the top of the 7th.

Top 6th: Twins 4, Red Sox 2 Buchholz retires the Twins in 1-2-3 fashion, needing only 12 pitches to do the job. It was likely Buchholz's last inning after he went six innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks while ringing up nine strikeouts. He threw 116 pitches (78 strikes) over that stretch.

Bottom 5th: Twins 4, Red Sox 2 Daniel Nava led off with a towering double off the wall against Vance Worley, who struck out the next two batters he faced before giving up an RBI single to Stephen Drew, who knocked in Nava to pull the Sox within two runs.

After Jacoby Ellsbury hit a scorched single to center, Drew wound up getting thrown out at the plate on a relay from center fielder Aaron Hicks to short stop Pedro Florimon. Drew appeared to slide beneath catcher Joe Maurer, but home plate umpire Cory Blaser called Drew out.

Top 5th: Twins 4, Red Sox 1 Justin Morneau hit an RBI sacrifice fly to left, scoring Joe Mauer, who led off the inning with a ground-rule double to right-center. Buchholz retired the next two batters he faced, which was a good thing since his pitch count had climbed to 104 (69 strikes). He had thrown 42 pitches in the last two innings, and 62 in his first three combined.

Bottom 4th: Twins 3, Red Sox 1 Shane Victorino hit his first homer as a Red Sox -- and first at Fenway -- when he wrapped a 3-and-2 pitch from Worley around the Pesky Pole in right.

After Dustin Pedroia singled to center, David Ortiz grounded to the mound for a 1-6-3 double play. Worley atoned with his defense, though, fielding his position well when he nabbed a hard comebacker to the mound by Mike Napoli for the easy 1-to-3 putout.

Top 4th: Twins 3, Red Sox 0 Buccholz scuffled after striking out Trevor Plouffe to lead off the inning, giving up back-to-back doubles to Oswaldo Arcia and Aaron Hicks, who drove in Arcia with his drive to right, giving the Twins a 3-0 lead.

Buchholz got out of the inning by getting Pedro Florimon looking at a 94 fastball for a called third strike and inducing Brian Dozier to ground to short. Through four innings, Buchholz has thrown 86 pitches, 57 for strikes, and has allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while ringing up eight strikeouts.

Bottom 3d: Twins 2, Red Sox 0 The Sox threaten to push across a run when Jarrod Saltalamacchia led off with a Wall Ball double off Vance Worley. But Saltalamacchia wound up getting stranded at third when Worley got Will Middlebrooks to ground to short, Stephen Drew to strike out looking, and Jacoby Ellsbury to ground to short.

Top 3d: Twins 2, Red Sox 0 Clay Buchholz put down the Twins in 1-2-3 fashion, striking out Justin Morneau and Chris Parmalee to end the inning. Buchholz has retired eight in a row since walking Trevor Plouffe to load the bases in the first.

Bottom 2d: Twins 2, Red Sox 0 Sox are unable to muster any kind of response after Worley cobbled together another 1-2-3 inning.

Top 2d: Twins 2, Red Sox 0 Buchholz kept the Twins in check when he rang up back-to-back strikeouts of Pedro Florimon and Brian Dozier before getting Joe Mauer to ground to first for the inning-ending out.

Bottom 1st: Twins 2, Red Sox 0 Shane Victorino reaches on a one-out single to center, but Dustin Pedroia grounds into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. It was an easy, breezy inning for winless Vance Worley, who threw 11 pitches (seven for strikes).

Top 1st: Twins 2, Red Sox 0 After he induced Brian Dozier to fly out to center, Clay Buccholz gave up back-to-back Wall Ball doubles to Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham, who drove in Mauer. Justin Morneau hit an RBI single up the middle to drive in Willingham to give the Twins a 2-0 lead.

Buchholz continued to scuffle when he walked Chris Parmalee and Trevor Plouffe to load the bases for Oswaldo Arcia, who fanned on a 92-mile-per-hour fastball on a 3-and-2 pitch. Buchholz got out of the jam when he struck out Aaron Hicks on three pitches, punching him out with 89 cutter. Buchholz wound up throwing 36 pitches in that frame, including 23 for strikes.

Pregame Greetings from Fenway Park where the Red Sox (20-11) will host the Minnesota Twins (13-14) . The Sox will send undefeated righthhander Clay Buccholz (6-0, 1.01 ERA) to the mound to oppose winless righthander Vance Worley (0-4, 7.22) in an attempt to snap Boston's three-game losing skein.

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