Game over: Red Sox 3, Twins 2 (10 innings): The Red Sox held on for the win as Koji Uehara strikes out two batters in the ninth to preserve the win. Alex Wilson threw two pitches and won the game. Clay Buchholz gave up two runs in hits even innings. David Ortiz went 3-for-3 and Jonny Gomes’ sacrifice fly won the game in the 10th.
Top 10th: Red Sox 3, Twins 2 – Jonny Gomes’ sacrifice fly to center scored Dustin Pedroia with the go-ahead run after the Red Sox loaded the bases with one out. Pedroia singled to right, Ortiz walked, Middlebrooks sacrificed bunted the runners over. Stephen Drew was walked intentionally. Gomes got enough wood on the ball to get the run in as Hicks double-clutched before throwing to the plate after he fought off left fielder Oswaldo Arcia for the ball. Mike Carp grounded out to first base to end the inning.
Bottom 9th: Twins 2, Red Sox 2 – Andrew Miller got the first two batters with a ground ball out and a strikeout and pitched 1.2 innings with three strikeouts. But with Trevor Plouffe due up, John Farrell went to Alex Wilson. Ploufffe flew out deep to center.
Top 9th: Twins 2, Red Sox 2 – The Red Sox struck out twice (Salty and Nava) against closer Glenn Perkins and enter the bottom of the ninth in a tie.
Bottom 8th: Twins 2, Red Sox 2 – Effective inning for Andrew Miller who strikes out two in setting the Twins down in order.
Top 8th: Twins 2, Red Sox 2 – Stephen Drew doubled to the right center gap with two outs and then grabbed his back after a slide. Her remained in the game but wouldn’t be shocked to see a back tightness issue. After Jonny Gomes walked, Carp took a called third strike on a borderline 3-2 pitch.
Bottom 7th:Twins 2, Red Sox 2 – Nothing doing for Twins.
Top 7th: Twins 2, Red Sox 2 – Sox tie it with a rally after Vance Worley was replaced after six innings. with Brian Duensing on the mound, Gomes walked, Salty singled and Ellsbury, who had been 0-for-3, singled off the shortstop’s glove to drive in the tying run. Ellsbury also stole his 13th base. Sox had a chance to add, but Daniel Nava struck out swinging and Pedroia popped out to second base.
Bottom 6th: Twins 2, Red Sox 1 – Buchholz retires the side.
Top 6th: Twins 2, Red Sox 1 – The Red Sox knocked into their third double-play – this one by Will Middlebrooks after David Ortiz singled up the middle for his third hit. Stephen Drew flew out to center for the final out.
Bottom 5th: Twins 2, Red Sox 1 – The Twins had a great chance to extend their lead, loading the bases with one out against Buchholz. Aaron Hicks singled, Brian Dozier walked and Chris Parmelee singled with one out to load them up, but Buchholz buckled down to strike out Josh Willingham and got Justin Morneau to fly out to left field.
Top 5th: Twins 2, Red Sox 1 – The Red Sox had a pair of hits in the inning from Salty and Nava, but for the second time Pedroia knocked into a double play to end the threat.
Bottom 4th: Twins 2, Red Sox 1 – With two outs, Clay Buchholz allowed a pair of walks before striking out Plouffe.
Top 4th: Twins 2, Red Sox 1 – David Ortiz singled and Stephen Drew walked with one out, but they couldn’t get this game even.
Bottom 3rd: Twins 2, Red Sox 1-– After five straight strikeouts, Clay Buchholz lost it a little. Trevor Plouffe doubled to right center to break the string and rode home on Pedro Florimon’s two run homer which he pulled to right field.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, Twins 0 – After a one-out walk by Daniel Nava, Dustin Pedroia knocked into a 4-6-3 double play. Boy did Pedroia run hard down the line. Almost beat it.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Twins 0 – Buchholz struck out the side and five straight batters. Absolutely dominating.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, Twins 0 – Mike Carp, playing first base for the resting Mike Napoli, drew a walk with two outs, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out to end the inning.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Twins 0 – Clay Buchholz looks like he has great stuff – two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 first
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Twins 0 – David Ortiz loves to beat up his old team. He singled to right scoring Daniel Nava who singled and advanced to second on an error by second baseman Brian Dozier, who threw his grounder into the stands.