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The Boston Red Sox lost their second straight game of a four game series against the Minnesota Twins, 6-5 in 10 innings. It is their third straight loss of the home stand and puts them 10 games back in the division and 4.5 games out of the wild card.
Thanks to a dropped foul pop up by Justin Morneau in the bottom of the fourth inning, Carl Crawford took advantage of his second life by hitting a three-run home run to give the Red Sox a 5-1 lead. Crawford went 3-5 and added a double in the game.
Red Sox starter Felix Doubront (10-5, 4.37 ERA) received a no decision in the loss after pitching 5 innings and blowing a four-run lead. He gave up the tying runs in the fifth inning on a bases loaded walk, a two-run single by Morneau, and a sacrifice fly by Danny Valencia. Doubront did not return to the mound for the sixth after throwing 97 pitches, walking four batters and striking out two.
The Red Sox had the bases loaded with one out in the top of the eighth inning but could not get the go-ahead run across.
Twins second baseman and number nine hitter Jamey Carroll went 4-4 with a walk and drove in the game-winning run in the 10th with a single. Morneau also propelled the Twins offense, going 4-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.