Minnesota 6, Boston 4

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Saturday, August 4, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Fenway Park
Temperature - 79°
Umpires - Home Plate - David Rackley, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mark Wegner,
Attendance - 37914

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 6 12 0
Boston 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 6 3

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 47-60 23-32 24-28 W3
Boston 53-55 27-32 26-23 L4


Twins 6, Red Sox 4: Joe Mauer clubbed a three-run homer to cap a four-run ninth inning, lifting visiting Minnesota to its third consecutive win over Boston.

Mauer drilled an opposite-field homer off Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves just over the wall in left field to give the Twins their seventh win in nine games.

Ben Revere had three hits to stretch his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games and Jamey Carroll added an RBI single in the ninth for Minnesota.

Alex Burnett (4-3) pitched one-third of an inning for the win and Jared Burton worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save as the Twins send the Red Sox to their fourth straight loss.

Boston's Pedro Ciriaco had given his team a 3-2 lead in the eighth with his first career homer, a pinch-hit blast off Glen Perkins. Cody Ross added an RBI single in the inning to give Aceves a two-run cushion.

Aceves (2-7) was charged with four runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings. He entered in the eighth after Andrew Miller loaded the bases with no outs and gave up Justin Morneau's tying sacrifice fly.

Minnesota refused to go quietly in the ninth. Alexi Casilla doubled with one out and scored on Carroll's bloop single. Revere kept the inning live with his third hit before Mauer unloaded to give Minnesota three straight wins at Fenway Park for the first time since winning five straight in the 1993-94 seasons.

Twins rookie Cole De Vries allowed only two runs on four hits in a career high-tying seven innings. Boston's Clay Buchholz also went seven, giving up one run on seven hits.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Red Sox SS Mike Avilis' homer was his 11th and gave him 52 RBIs, career highs in both categories. ... Morneau is 8-for-12 with three RBIs in the series. ... Boston CF Jacoby Ellsbury was a late scratch with a leg issue. C Jarrod Saltalamacchia returned to the lineup after missing Friday's game due to food poisoning. ... Twins LF Josh Willingham, who leads the team in homers, RBIs and games played, did not start but grounded out as a pinch hitter in the eighth. ... Red Sox RHP Josh Beckett (back), who will miss Sunday's scheduled start, is scheduled to thrown a bullpen session Monday and return to the rotation Wednesday.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Minnesota   Boston
Cole De Vries Player Clay Buchholz
No Decision W/L No Decision
7.0 IP 7.0
5 Strikeouts 3
4 Hits 7
2.57 ERA 0.00
Minnesota   Boston
Ben Revere Player Pedro Ciriaco
3 Hits 1
0 RBI 1
0 HR 1
3 TB 4
.600 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Minnesota 12 1 17 .333 17 4 5 3 1 0
Boston 6 2 13 .182 10 8 4 2 1 3

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Red Sox have a W/L % of .519 after a win and .463 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Boston. The Twins have a W/L % of .457 after a win and .426 after a loss.
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