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Red Sox beat Twins as Manny leads eighth-inning outburst

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BOSTON -- After a difficult series against Boston's rival, Manny Ramirez has responded with a game-winning hit and a game-tying home run on back-to-back nights against the Minnesota Twins.

Ramirez hit a two-run homer as part of a four-run eighth-inning rally to help the Boston Red Sox edge the Twins 6-5 on Tuesday.

"It's a tough loss, one we thought we had," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We made a lot of mistakes, they blooped one to left, blooped one to right and next thing you know Manny hits one into the seats."

It was the second straight game Ramirez came through in the eighth inning to rally the Red Sox. His 17th homer of the season Tuesday came off Twins reliever Matt Guerrier (4-4) and tied the game 5-5.

"We had a terrific inning, a lot of good things happened," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "Last night was what we needed, but sometimes you need a home run."

Ramirez drove home Boston's only run in a 1-0 victory on an RBI single Monday night against Minnesota. He was 2-for-8 with four strikeouts against the New York Yankees over the weekend.

One out after Ramirez's home run, Kevin Youkilis doubled and Brandon Moss slapped a single up the middle for the go-ahead run.

"I think we were in a really good situation," Moss said. "Even though we were down by three, we had our leadoff guy coming up in Jacoby (Ellsbury), (Dustin) Pedroia, who's been on fire, J.D. (Drew) and Manny. I don't think anybody was surprised to see Manny go deep in that situation, he's done it so much."

David Aardsma (3-2) got the final two outs in the eighth for the win. Jonathan Papelbon escaped trouble in the ninth for his 27th save.

Ramirez struck out with a runner on third against Mariano Rivera with two outs in the ninth inning of Sunday night's 5-4 loss and was a quiet 2-for-8 with no RBI in the four-game set against New York while hitting .225 overall in the month of July.

On Tuesday, Boston trailed 5-2 going into the eighth. Ellsbury doubled, Pedroia singled and Drew's RBI fielder's choice narrowed the gap to 5-3 before Ramirez's homer.

Nick Punto led off the ninth for Minnesota with a double and went to third on Denard Span's sacrifice. Papelbon then struck out pinch-hitter Jason Kubel before getting Alexi Casilla to ground out and end the game.

Boston starter Jon Lester allowed five runs and nine hits in 7 1/3 innings.

"This feels real good," Lester said. "We played better than our record showed on the last road trip, but last night was a big win for us and we just continue to battle."

Nick Blackburn pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and six hits for Minnesota.

"It's always disappointing when you're winning by three runs in the eighth and you go out there and give up four," Guerrier said. "Especially coming close to the All-Star break and with the way Nick pitched today against a good team."

Despite the loss, the Twins starting pitching is 16-1 in the past 23 games with an ERA of 2.99. Minnesota snapped a 13-inning scoring drought and Lester's 12-inning shutout streak when they scored three with two out in the fourth inning highlighted by a two-run triple by Brendan Harris giving the Twins a 2-1 lead. Punto followed with an RBI single to increase the Twins' lead to 3-1.

The Twins extended their lead to 4-1 in the seventh inning after Harris doubled and Span singled him home. Span started his eighth straight game for the injured Michael Cuddyer and is hitting .391. Boston cut the deficit to 4-2 in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Moss.

Drew gave Boston a 1-0 lead when his first inning RBI double scored Ellsbury.

Notes

  • Mardy Fish, the top seed at the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, R.I. threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Pedroia extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 games with his sixth-inning single.
  • Casilla had his hitting streak snapped at 15 games.
 
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Manny Ramirez plays the hero role again, tying the game with a Monster shot in the 8th inning.  (AP)
Manny Ramirez plays the hero role again, tying the game with a Monster shot in the 8th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

M. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Minnesota

B. Harris
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Gomez, CF4000021 .263
   a- Jason Kubel, PH1000011 .266
Alexi Casilla, 2B3000202 .313
Joe Mauer, C4110001 .324
Justin Morneau, 1B3020100 .313
Craig Monroe, DH4100025 .211
Delmon Young, LF4121020 .288
Brendan Harris, 3B4222001 .254
Nick Punto, SS4021001 .297
Denard Span, RF3021000 .315
Totals34511537  
a-struck out for Gomez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brendan Harris (14, Lester), Nick Punto (7, Papelbon)
3B - Brendan Harris (2, Lester)
SH - Denard Span (2)
RBI - Delmon Young (34), Brendan Harris 2 (27), Nick Punto (15), Denard Span (6)
2-OUT RBI - Brendan Harris 2 (13), Nick Punto (7)
CS - Carlos Gomez (9, 2nd base by Lester/Cash), Nick Punto (2, 2nd base by Lester/Cash)
Team LOB - 6
Minnesota Twins
Nick Blackburn 6.2622020 3.72
Dennys Reyes (H,10) 0.1111010 2.59
Matt Guerrier (BS,3; L,4-4) 1433021 3.56
WP - Matt Guerrier (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Nick Blackburn 85-60, Dennys Reyes 7-5, Matt Guerrier 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Blackburn 10-8, Matt Guerrier 1-0
Batters Faced - Nick Blackburn 26, Dennys Reyes 2, Matt Guerrier 7
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF-LF4220000 .271
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4120001 .313
J.D. Drew, RF4012001 .298
    Coco Crisp, CF0000000 .259
Manny Ramirez, DH4112011 .280
Mike Lowell, 3B4000021 .295
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4230000 .314
Brandon Moss, LF-RF3012000 .279
Julio Lugo, SS4010012 .264
Kevin Cash, C2000001 .233
   a- Sean Casey, PH0000000 .360
   b- Jeff Bailey, PH1000011 .000
    Jason Varitek, C0000000 .215
Totals34611605  
a-announced for Cash in the 7th
b-struck out for Casey in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (10, Reyes), J.D. Drew (17, Blackburn), Kevin Youkilis (24, Guerrier)
3B - Kevin Youkilis (4, Blackburn)
HR - Manny Ramirez (17, Guerrier)
SF - Brandon Moss (2)
RBI - J.D. Drew 2 (53), Manny Ramirez 2 (56), Brandon Moss 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Moss (5)
SB - Brandon Moss (1, 2nd base off Guerrier/Mauer)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Lugo-Pedroia-Youkilis, Lugo-Pedroia-Youkilis
PB - Kevin Cash (10)
E - Mike Lowell (6, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester 7.1955360 3.38
David Aardsma (W,3-2) 0.2100000 2.84
Jonathan Papelbon (S,27) 1100010 2.27
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 117-78, David Aardsma 11-8, Jonathan Papelbon 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 11-3, David Aardsma 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 2-0
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 32, David Aardsma 2, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37925
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Greg Gibson