Red Sox 6, Twins 5: Cody Ross belted his second homer of the contest with a solo shot in the top of the ninth inning as visiting Boston snapped a five-game losing skid.
After tying the contest with a two-run homer in the seventh inning, Ross deposited a low fastball from Matt Capps (0-1) over the wall in right field to silence the crowd at Target Field.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia had two hits - including a two-run homer in the second inning - and Daniel Bard (1-2) picked up the win after retiring the last two batters of the eighth.
Bard was scheduled to start Sunday's series finale versus the rival New York Yankees, but the contest was rained out.
Alfredo Aceves retired the side in the ninth to notch his third save of the season.
Danny Valencia belted a two-run homer and Ryan Doumit had a two-run double in a four-run fourth inning for the Twins, who have dropped three of their last four games.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Marlon Byrd, who was acquired from the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, went 1-for-4 for Boston. ... Twins starter Jason Marquis pitched against the Red Sox for the first time since 2002. ... Red Sox outfielder Jason Repko was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder sprain. ... Boston won five of seven meetings with Minnesota in 2011.