It wasn't pretty but it will certainly do the job for Red Sox nation after Boston came back Monday night to defeat the Minnesota Twins 6-5.
Trailing by two in the seventh, Cody Ross took Twins starter Jason Marquis deep to tie the game. It would remain tied until Ross hit his second homerun of the game, this time in the top of the ninth off Twins closer Matt Capps. Alfredo Aceves picked up his third save on the season after retiring the Twins in the bottom half of the inning to give the Sox their fifth win of the season.
Boston held a 3-0 early thanks to a two-run bomb by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the bottom of the second. However, starter Jon Lester got into some trouble in the forth in a four-run inning for Minnesota that was highlighted by a two-run shot by Twins third baseman Danny Valencia, his first of the season.
Minnesota had the chance to retake the lead in the eighth after right fielder Ryan Sweeney misplayed a ball hit by by Twins shortstop Jamey Carroll that put him on third with no outs. However, Franklin Morales was able to settle down and retire Joe Mauer. Manager Bobby Valentine then made the call for Daniel Bard to come out of the bullpen. Bard was the projected starter Sunday night aganist the New York Yankees, but after the game was postponed Valentine made the decision to use Bard out of the 'pen for the time being.
The move worked for Valentine and the Sox as Bard was able to get out of the jam and set up Ross' go-ahead homerun to get his first win of the season.
Josh Beckett will get the start tomorrow night and look to get Boston their second consecutive victory. Nick Blackburn will be responsible to get the Twins back on the winning track as he looks for his first win of the season.
TL;DR Cody Ross hit a pair of homeruns to help give the Boston Red Sox a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Red Sox vs. Twins Boxscore [ESPN]
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