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Twins thrash BoSox, stop eight-game win streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins were longing for a win like this, just as the Boston Red Sox were probably due for a letdown.

Brad Radke's seven strong innings and a number of bad throws by Boston helped Minnesota to a 12-0 victory Friday night over the Red Sox, who had their eight-game winning streak snapped.

"I don't have to go home and stick my head through a wall," said Radke, who has been stung by a lack of run support all season. "Now I can just go home and patch those holes up."

Radke (7-10), who nearly signed with Boston last winter before deciding to take an $18 million, two-year contract and return for his 11th season in Minnesota, wished his struggling teammates could've saved some of these runs for next time. He didn't need much, picking up his first victory since the All-Star break and matching a season best with eight strikeouts.

"Spotting and painting," said Kevin Millar, who went 0-for-4 for the Red Sox. "Radke was Radke. Period. He's got great arm action on his changeup. He's a great pitcher ... seemed like he could do whatever he wanted with the baseball."

Joe Mauer had three hits and three RBI and Lew Ford had three hits and three runs for the Twins, who won for only the fourth time in their last 15 games and sent Boston starter Bronson Arroyo (9-7) to an early exit.

Manny Ramirez, who collided with shortstop Edgar Renteria while making a catch on Wednesday against Kansas City, returned from a one-game absence and went 1-for-3 for the Red Sox.

Terry Tiffee's two-run double and Jacque Jones' two-run homer highlighted a five-run eighth against Jeremi Gonzalez. The 12 runs for Minnesota were a season high.

"Hopefully this will kind of get us going a little bit," said Radke, who retired 15 straight batters at one point. He gave up four hits and one walk.

Ford, a former Red Sox farmhand who was traded to the Twins in 2000 for reliever Hector Carrasco, has followed a breakout 2004 season with an unproductive year as the regular designated hitter. But Ford, filling in for injured Gold Glove center fielder Torii Hunter, gave the Twins a big lift with his glove and at the plate.

He led off the first with a triple and quickly scored on a groundout. In the fourth, with the infield in, Ford hit a chopper that Renteria couldn't handle, reaching on a single and later scoring.

He took an extra-base hit from Millar by running down a fly ball and smashing into the wall as he caught it to start the second inning. In the sixth, Ford made a sliding catch in shallow center of Johnny Damon's sinking line drive just before it hit the turf.

Then, with Ramirez on first, Ford raced back and jumped over the wall to steal a sure home run from Millar in the seventh.

"I don't think Torii Hunter would have had that ball," Millar said.

The Red Sox, who rallied from a 5-0 deficit to beat the Royals 11-9 on Thursday, lead the rival Yankees by 3½ games in the AL East. But they showed no such spunk in this one.

"I'd rather lose this way than a 1-0 game," Millar said. "We'll shower and come back tomorrow."

Arroyo was only charged with two earned runs, but most of the seven runs he allowed were his fault. He walked one and gave up eight hits in 3 2/3 innings while striking out three.

Already trailing 1-0 with runners at the corners in the first, Arroyo loaded the bases on a single by Jones that Millar charged and fielded -- but had no play when nobody was covering first base behind him.

Justin Morneau then hit a soft grounder back to the mound, but Arroyo's throw sailed wildly past second and into center. Damon picked it up and threw weakly back toward the infield - while all three runners scored to make it 4-0.

"It especially can't happen with the bases loaded," Arroyo said. "I just hesitated and threw it away."

In the fourth, Michael Ryan reached second when Bill Mueller fielded his grounder at third base and threw errantly past Millar at first. Mauer drove in two runs with a double four batters later, and Matthew LeCroy -- who had three hits -- finished off Arroyo with an RBI double of his own that made it 7-0.

"Some nights," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said, "it gets away."

Notes

  • Jones ended Minnesota's 0-for-25 streak with runners in scoring position with his infield single in the first.
  • Boston is 33-18 at home and just 29-28 on the road. The last six wins during its streak were at Fenway Park.
 
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Joe Mauer watches the flight of his two-run double in the fourth. He finishes with three RBI.  (AP)
Joe Mauer watches the flight of his two-run double in the fourth. He finishes with three RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

B. Radke
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 8
Minnesota

L. Ford
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Boston Red Sox
Johnny Damon, CF3010000 .338
    Alex Cora, SS1000000 .213
Edgar Renteria, SS3010011 .278
    Adam Stern, CF1000000 .154
David Ortiz, DH2000111 .297
   a- Roberto Petagine, PH-DH1000010 .000
Manny Ramirez, LF3010012 .280
    Doug Mirabelli, C1000000 .209
Jason Varitek, C3000023 .305
    Gabe Kapler, LF1000000 .231
Kevin Millar, 1B4000012 .269
Bill Mueller, 3B3010010 .284
Tony Graffanino, 2B3000022 .300
Jose Cruz Jr., RF3000010 .215
Totals3204011111 
a-struck out for Ortiz in the 9th
Batting
3B - Johnny Damon (6, Radke)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Millar-Renteria, Cora-Graffanino-Millar
E - Bronson Arroyo (2, Wild throw), Bill Mueller (7, Wild throw)
Boston Red Sox
Bronson Arroyo (L,9-7) 3.2872130 4.24
Mike Myers 1.1000100 2.81
Manny Delcarmen 1.2200210 0.00
Jeremi Gonzalez 1.1655021 6.82
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 91-57, Mike Myers 9-4, Manny Delcarmen 43-23, Jeremi Gonzalez 26-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 6-4, Mike Myers 2-1, Manny Delcarmen 3-0, Jeremi Gonzalez 1-1
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 22, Mike Myers 4, Manny Delcarmen 8, Jeremi Gonzalez 10
Minnesota Twins
Lew Ford, CF5330001 .254
Nick Punto, 2B4011022 .249
   a- Luis Rodriguez, PH-2B1110000 .288
Joe Mauer, C5333001 .298
Matthew LeCroy, DH4131000 .277
    Terry Tiffee, PR-DH1112000 .207
Jacque Jones, RF4232101 .272
Justin Morneau, 1B5001013 .250
Michael Cuddyer, 3B4010112 .264
Michael Ryan, LF4100114 .208
Jason Bartlett, SS3000113 .219
Totals401216104617 
a-singled for Punto in the 8th
Batting
2B - Joe Mauer (18, Arroyo), Matthew LeCroy (3, Arroyo), Terry Tiffee (6, Gonzalez), Jacque Jones (17, Arroyo), Michael Cuddyer (18, Gonzalez)
3B - Lew Ford (4, Arroyo)
HR - Jacque Jones (17, Gonzalez)
RBI - Nick Punto (12), Joe Mauer 3 (40), Matthew LeCroy (26), Terry Tiffee 2 (10), Jacque Jones 2 (56), Justin Morneau (53)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Mauer 2 (12), Matthew LeCroy (11)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Michael Cuddyer (14, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
Brad Radke (W,7-10) 7400180 3.71
Terry Mulholland 1000010 5.65
Matt Guerrier 1000020 2.93
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Radke 103-74, Terry Mulholland 11-7, Matt Guerrier 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Radke 2-11, Terry Mulholland 2-0, Matt Guerrier 2-0
Batters Faced - Brad Radke 26, Terry Mulholland 3, Matt Guerrier 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38161
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Mike Everitt