David Ortiz reached on an infield single to score Dustin Pedroia for the go-ahead score in the top of the seventh inning, rallying the Boston Red Sox to win 4-3 over the Minnesota Twins last night at Target Field. Minnesota jumped out to an early lead in the first inning but Darnell McDonald later supplied a two-run homer in the fifth to keep Boston in the game. Erik Bedard was solid on the mound through five innings, allowing three hits and two runs with six strikeouts.
Jonathan Papelbon shut down the Twins in the ninth to record his 26th save of the season. Boston’s veteran closer has delivered 11 straight scoreless outings and given up just two hits in the process. “This game is about momentum,” said McDonald. “We were able to get that momentum and the bullpen did a great job. Pap did a great job and we got timely hits when we needed them.” The Red Sox have two games left on the schedule in Minnesota before they travel to Seattle to take on the Mariners for three games this coming weekend.