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A considerable contingent of Red Sox fans started with the chants of "Let's go Red Sox!" in the sixth, and it appeared to wake up their team. Carl Crawford led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly from Adrian Gonzalez. Ortiz hit a two-run homer and Saltalamacchia made it back-to-back with a solo shot that tied it 5-5.
Jed Lowrie had one hit in his first game since June 16, when he went on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder.
NOTES: Twins SS Tsuyoshi Nishioka had the day off to be with his wife for the birth of the couple's first child. Baby girl Sena was born at 8:26 a.m. and weighed in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces. ... Twins GM Bill Smith said minor league RHPs Kyle Gibson and Anthony Slama met with team doctors to discuss their elbow injuries. Both will undergo further tests on Tuesday before a determination is made. ... Boston manager Terry Francona gave 3B Kevin Youkilis the day off. 2B Dustin Pedroia hit in the cleanup spot. The Red Sox were 3-0 in his only other three games there this season. ... The homers by Ortiz and Saltalamacchia were the sixth back-to-back set for the Red Sox this season. ... LHP Francisco Liriano (7-9, 5.03 ERA) will take the mound for the Twins in Game 2 on Tuesday against LHP Erik Bedard (4-7, 3.55). ... It will be Bedard's second start for the Red Sox since coming in a trade from Seattle. He gave up three runs and seven hits with five strikeouts in five innings of a no-decision against Cleveland on Aug. 4. ... Liriano has been wildly inconsistent all season and is coming off one of his worst starts of the year when he gave up seven runs and 10 hits in five innings in a loss to the Angels.
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