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Red Sox Fall Below .500 After Extra Inning Loss to Twins

Felix Doubront could not hold the Twins bats silent in his no decision. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images).

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.

Vincente Padilla (4-1) took the loss for the Red Sox while Jeff Gray (6-1) picked up the win in relief for the Twins.

Kelly Shoppach and Mike Aviles both hit warning track fly balls to deep right center field but did not quite have enough to end the ball game in the 10th. The Red Sox also left 10 men on base.

Boston will throw right hander Clay Buchholz (9-3) against rookie right hander Cole De Vries (2-2) in game three of the four game set as the Red Sox try to salvage the series.

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Graduate of Suffolk University with a BS in Broadcast Journalism. I love all the four major sports and have been a diehard Boston sports fan my whole life.

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