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On a night Tim Wakefield was in line for career win number 200, the Red Sox let the lead slip away in the late innings, but the offense rallied in the ninth inning to edge the Twins 8-6. Alfredo Aceves gave up the lead in the eighth inning, but was the pitcher of record improving to 8-1 on the season and 22-2 in his career. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 25th save on the year in 26 chances.
The Twins scored three runs in the third inning after the Sox jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Jason Kubel singled to right scoring Michael Cuddyer. Jim Thome doubled to center scoring Kubel and Thome ended up scoring on a passed ball. Jason Kubel added a home-run in the fourth inning to make it 4-1 Twins. Wakefield battled throughout the night pitching seven strong innings allowing eight hits, five runs (three earned), striking out four while walking zero.
The Twins led 5-1 heading into the sixth inning where the Sox offense came alive highlighted by a Carl Crawford triple which he then scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez. David Ortiz who was 4-5 on the night homered to deep right plating Dustin Pedroia. Jarrod Saltalamacchia continued his hot hitting by following Ortiz with a bomb of his own to even the score at 5-5. The go-ahead run came in the eighth inning where newly acquired Mike Aviles hit a slow grounder to second where there was a play at the plate. Joe Mauer could not hang on and David Ortiz slid in safely.
The Sox led 6-5 and Wakefield was in line for win number 200, but Alfredo Aceves could not hold on when Jason Kubel singled to shallow center scoring Trevor Plouffe. In the ninth inning, the powerhouse lineup of the Red Sox took over scoring two more runs on an RBI single by David Ortiz and then a double by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Ortiz finished 4-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs. Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 2-5 with two RBIs and one run scored.
The Boston Red Sox look to Eric Bedard Tuesday night where he will be opposed by crafty lefty Francisco Liriano.