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BOSTON -- For one day, everything was fine again with the Boston Red Sox.
"Hopefully it's the start of a long run," said Gonzalez, who finished with three RBI.
Carl Crawford added three singles, an RBI and a leaping catch for the Red Sox on his 31st birthday.
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The victory snapped Boston's four-game losing streak and salvaged a rough weekend against the AL's second-worst team.
Coming off back-to-back late-inning losses -- one in extra innings and the other when they blew a two-run ninth-inning lead Saturday, the Red Sox rebounded behind a strong showing by Morales (3-2).
Grumbling about manager Bobby Valentine's decisions and the lack of victories can take a break for at least a day. The underperforming Red Sox moved to within a game of .500 again (54-55).
The 26-year-old left-hander, taking Josh Beckett's turn in the rotation after the righty left his previous start with a back spasm, gave up one run on three hits in six innings.
Now, Valentine just needs to find a spot for him in the rotation.
"I think it's an easy decision. We just have to figure out all the parts," Valentine said. "He wants to start and I want him to start. We can't always count on a guy getting injured to get him out there."
Gonzalez also understands how well Morales has pitched in a spot role.
"Yeah, it's really impressive," he said. "Every time he's out there he does a good job.
Ben Revere extended his career-best hitting streak to 19 games with a single, drove in a run and made a splendid over the shoulder catch for Minnesota.
On Saturday, Joe Mauer's three-run homer with two outs in the ninth capped a comeback victory for the Twins.
"We've had a pretty good feeling. One big hit, a couple of walks, take some pitches and try to make them throw some pitches," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You get a couple of guys on, you never know what's going to happen. We've had some success battling, we've been in a lot of close ballgames lately. We're not going to quit. I can guarantee you that."
Alfredo Aceves, the losing pitcher Saturday, got the final three outs for his 23rd save.
The Red Sox hadn't been swept in a four-game series at home by Minnesota since 1991.
Morales has given up two runs or fewer in five of his six starts this season.
Revere's hitting streak is the longest by a Twins' player since Torii Hunter had a 23-gamer in 2007.
Leading 2-1 with two outs in the fifth, Gonzalez hit a drive into seats above the Green Monster off starter Nick Blackburn (4-7) after Crawford singled.
Cody Ross' RBI single made it 5-1 in the seventh. Jacoby Ellsbury added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Blackburn's road woes continued, giving up four runs on nine hits in five innings to fall to 17-35 in career road starts.
Revere robbed Jarrod Saltalamacchia, running full speed to the center-field wall to make the grab on the track and then turning to throw to second to complete a double play.
Willingham and Doumit homered off reliever Vicente Padilla in the ninth.
Blackburn had a feeling the Twins were going to do it again.
"I thought we had a decent chance there in the ninth," he said. "It's exciting to see."
Boston had jumped in front 2-0 with a pair of runs in the third. Crawford had an run-scoring grounder after Mike Aviles singled and Ellsbury doubled. Gonzalez followed with an RBI single.
Minnesota cut it to 2-1 in the fifth on Revere's sacrifice fly. Alexi Casilla walked, stole second and advanced on Jeremy Carroll's ground out.
Crawford, who wore his uniform pants high with his bright red socks showing nearly to his knees, robbed Doumit with his second-inning catch at the wall.
The two clubs have played seven four-game sets in Fenway Park since the last time the Twins swept a four-game series.
|Adrian Gonzalez homers and knocks in three runs as the Red Sox beat the Twins and snap a four-game losing streak. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ben Revere, CF||3||0||1||1||0||1||2||.323|
|Darin Mastroianni, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.271|
|Joe Mauer, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.317|
|Josh Willingham, LF||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.263|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.270|
|Ryan Doumit, DH||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.288|
|Brian Dozier, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.236|
|Alexi Casilla, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.222|
|Jamey Carroll, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.247|
|2B - Jamey Carroll (14, Melancon)|
|HR - Josh Willingham (28, Padilla), Ryan Doumit (11, Padilla)|
|SF - Ben Revere (3)|
|RBI - Ben Revere (22), Josh Willingham (81), Ryan Doumit 2 (52)|
|SB - Ben Revere (27, 2nd base off Morales/Saltalamacchia), Alexi Casilla (14, 2nd base off Morales/Saltalamacchia)|
|PK - Darin Mastroianni (2, Morales)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Ben Revere 1|
|DP - Revere-Casilla|
|Nick Blackburn (L,4-7)||5||9||4||4||0||4||1||7.42|
|IBB - Gonzalez by Jeff Manship|
|Pitches-Strikes - Nick Blackburn 90-64, Jeff Manship 33-22, Luis Perdomo 21-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Blackburn 3-7, Jeff Manship 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Nick Blackburn 23, Jeff Manship 10, Luis Perdomo 5|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.259|
|Carl Crawford, LF||5||2||3||1||0||0||1||.279|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.262|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||3||1||2||3||1||0||1||.304|
|Cody Ross, DH||4||0||2||1||0||0||2||.268|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.230|
|Will Middlebrooks, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.292|
|Ryan Kalish, RF||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.208|
|Mike Aviles, SS||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.258|
|2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (8, Blackburn), Ryan Kalish (3, Perdomo)|
|HR - Adrian Gonzalez (11, Blackburn)|
|SF - Jacoby Ellsbury (1)|
|RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (7), Carl Crawford (10), Adrian Gonzalez 3 (66), Cody Ross (53)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (24)|
|SB - Carl Crawford (3, 2nd base off Blackburn/Mauer), Will Middlebrooks (4, 2nd base off Blackburn/Mauer), Ryan Kalish (2, 3rd base off Perdomo/Mauer)|
|PK - Cody Ross (1, Blackburn)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Franklin Morales (W,3-2)||6||3||1||1||3||4||0||3.14|
|Mark Melancon (H,2)||1.2||1||0||0||0||2||0||7.46|
|Alfredo Aceves (S,23)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.29|
|Pitches-Strikes - Franklin Morales 106-63, Mark Melancon 25-16, Craig Breslow 5-4, Vicente Padilla 14-6, Alfredo Aceves 9-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Franklin Morales 8-5, Mark Melancon 2-1, Craig Breslow 1-0, Alfredo Aceves 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Franklin Morales 23, Mark Melancon 6, Craig Breslow 1, Vicente Padilla 3, Alfredo Aceves 3|
|Attendance - 37019|
|Game Time - 3:14|
|Temperature - 89|
|Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - David Rackley|