After Jared Burton and Casey Fien each worked a perfect frame to
hold the Twins’ 3-1 lead, Twins closer Glen Perkins gave up singles
in the ninth inning to David Ortiz, Jonny Gomes and Mike Carp before
Will Middlebrooks roped a two-out single to right to knot the game.
The Twins made the rally a moot point one inning later as Suzuki
doubled off Andrew Miller (1-2) with one out and Hicks ripped a
two-out single to shallow left as Minnesota won two games in this
series in its final at-bat.
Brian Duensing (1-1) worked around a walk in the 10th as the Twins
recovered from Perkins’ second blown save of the season. Sukuzi
finished 3-for-5 and scored twice and Chris Parmelee homered for the
second time in three games for the Twins while Gomes and Carp
tallied two hits apiece for the Red Sox.
Minnesota got on the board in the second, when Suzuki reached on a
one-out hit and Parmelee sent a 1-1 changeup from Boston starter
Clay Buchholz off the facing of the upper deck in right-center.
Hicks followed with a walk, moved to third on Eduardo Escobar’s
single to left-center and came around to score on Brian Dozier’s
sacrifice fly to right.
Twins starter Phil Hughes, who allowed one run on five hits and
fanned a season-high eight over six frames, gave up his only run in
the fourth as the Red Sox put runners on the corners with two outs.
Carp hit a sharp single up the middle that a diving Dozier could do
nothing with near second base, allowing Xander Bogaerts to score.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli went 0-for-5, ending his
33-game on-base streak – the second-longest streak in the majors
this season. … Hughes, who has a 1.95 ERA over his last five turns,
was denied his opportunity to win five straight starts for the first
time since May 28-June 19, 2010. … Ortiz, whose single in the ninth
extended his hitting streak to eight games, is batting .509 with
nine homers and 22 RBIs in 14 career games at Target Field.
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