Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/5/12
BOSTON - The Red Sox, in desperate need of a victory, got six strong innings from Franklin Morales in his first start since July 13 and a two-run homer from Adrian Gonzalez, and they hung on to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4 Sunday. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak and allowed Boston to avoid being the victim of its first four-game home sweep at the hands of the Twins in 21 years. Morales, who had been pitching well as a starter before being sent back to the bullpen, was starting in place of Josh Beckett (pushed back to Wednesday because of a back spasm). The lefty gave up a run on three hits in six innings to raise his record to 3-2. The Sox, who blew a game when the Twins scored four runs in the ninth inning Saturday night, had to sweat this one out, too. Ahead 6-1, Vicente Padilla yielded a mammoth homer on his third pitch, Josh Willingham's 28th of the year, then walked Justin Morneau and served up another hefty homer, Ryan Doumit's 11th of the year. Saturday ...
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