American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Boston|
(Sunday, August 5th)
Final Score: Boston 6, Minnesota 4
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Franklin Morales allowed one run in a six-inning
spot start, helping the Boston Red Sox halt the bleeding and salvage the
finale of a four-game set with Minnesota, 6-4.
Morales (3-2), who had entered from the bullpen in each of his last five
appearances and earned a save in his last, gave up only three hits and three
walks while fanning four to give the Red Sox their first win this month.
"I feel pretty good today," said Morales. "I tried to make my pitches and
throw strikes. I know the team needed to win and I tried to do what I needed
After finishing July with a four-game win streak to get back in the AL Wild
Card race, the team dropped its first four this month and entered the day five
back of Oakland for the final postseason berth. Boston improved to only 3-4 on
a crucial 10-game homestand that continues with three games against Texas.
Adrian Gonzalez homered and Carl Crawford had three hits for the Red Sox, who
avoided their first four-game home losing streak to Minnesota since 1993-94.
Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit homered for the Twins, who had won seven of
nine prior to Sunday's loss. Ben Revere extended his hit streak to 19 games
with a 1-for-3 effort.
"Tough one today. We didn't do much hitting," admitted Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire. "Their guy shut us down pretty good. He was tough."
Nick Blackburn (4-7) suffered the loss after giving up four runs and nine hits
in five innings.
After blowing multiple-run leads in each of the last two games, the Red Sox
nearly did it again on Sunday.
Vicente Padilla entered the ninth with a five-run lead, but allowed two homers
and three runs in the first three batters he faced. He was pulled for Alfredo
Aceves, who righted the ship by retiring three straight hitters for his 23rd
The Red Sox never trailed on Sunday and had a seemingly comfortable lead
heading into the late innings. Crawford's RBI groundout and Gonzalez's RBI
single in the third set the table for Boston, which increased
its lead to 4-1 on a Gonzalez two-run homer in the fifth.
Minnesota got on the board just prior to Gonzalez's home run on a Revere
sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth, but the Twins' deficit proved too much
Boston got some more insurance in the seventh when Crawford singled, moved to
second on a groundout and scored on Cody Ross' single. In the eighth, Ryan
Kalish doubled, stole third and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury's sacrifice fly to
provide a five-run cushion.
The extra runs were necessary after Willingham's and Doumit's homers brought
Minnesota to within two in the ninth.
Boston won the season series, 4-3, with Sunday's contest providing the first
win by the home team. The Red Sox swept a three-game series in Minnesota in
April...Willingham's homer was his 28th of the season, one shy of his career
high, set last year with Oakland.
08/05 21:00:51 ET