Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Associated Press
BOSTON - Jamey Carroll had four hits, including a go-ahead single in the 10th inning that sent the Minnesota Twins over the Boston Red Sox 6-5 on Friday night.
Carl Crawford is congratulated by fans after hitting a three-run homer in the third inning that gave the Red Sox a 5-1 lead. Alas, the lead didn’t last long.
The Associated Press
WHO: Red Sox Boston (Buchholz 9-3) vs. Minnesota Twins (De Vries 2-2))
WHEN: 7:10 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
Carroll and Justin Morneau each went 4 for 4 -- Morneau doubled twice and Carroll also doubled.
Darin Mastroianni led off the 10th with a double. After third baseman Will Middlebrooks made a spectacular diving catch on a foul ball by Brian Dozier, Carroll singled off Vicente Padilla (4-1).
The Twins overcame an early 5-1 deficit and defeated the Red Sox for the second straight night.
Jeff Gray (6-1) pitched 11/3 innings for the win. Jared Burton picked up his fourth save of the season in six chances.
Carl Crawford homered, doubled, singled and drove in three runs for the Red Sox.
Twins starter Brian Duensing went six innings and gave up five runs, only two of them earned. The Twins' bullpen didn't allow a run over the final four innings.
Boston loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but Jacoby Ellsbury struck out and Dustin Pedroia flied out. In the ninth, Ryan Lavarnway doubled with two outs but Middlebrooks grounded out.
Crawford homered for the third time in a week. His three-run drive in a four-run third came one pitch after Morneau dropped a foul ball wide of first base for an error.
But Red Sox starter Felix Doubront couldn't hold a 5-1 lead. He went five innings and allowed five runs and eight hits.
Control problems got the best of Doubront in the fifth, enabling the Twins to tie it. He walked Joe Mauer to load the bases and then walked the next batter, Josh Willingham, to make it 5-2. Morneau hit a soft two-run single, and Danny Valencia's sacrifice fly made it 5-5.
Morneau doubled in the second inning and scored the first run of the game when Mastroianni singled past a drawn-in infield.
NOTES: With his two doubles, Morneau passed Gary Gaetti for sole possession of sixth place on the Twins' all-time list with 253. Boston pitcher Josh Beckett was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday because of a lower back injury. Franklin Morales will return to the rotation to fill Beckett's slot. Injured Red Sox slugger David Ortiz took batting practice and did some running drills prior to the game. The designated hitter has been on the disabled list since July 17 because of a right Achilles strain.
AFTER CRITICIZING Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine earlier in the day, Curt Schilling was given a standing ovation from Red Sox fans when he was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.
Schilling was the last of the inductees introduced at Fenway Park on Friday night, and applause began as soon as his picture appeared on the video board in center.
Earlier in the day, Schilling went on WEEI radio and predicted Valentine's reign as manager will end like Mount Vesuvius. Schilling also said "I would have swung" if Valentine had been his manager and made a sarcastic remark similar to one about Red Sox infielder Will Middlebrooks that was attributed to Valentine.
Schilling was 53-29 for Boston from 2004-07, and won World Series titles in his first and last seasons with the Red Sox.
"Bobby is just unique -- he's different. And he runs and beats to a different drummer," Schilling said on WEEI. "I just didn't think the matchup of players and this club and him was going to fit was going to work, and I don't think he ever got a chance from a lot of the guys."
Asked how he thought the Valentine era in Boston will end, Schilling responded: "Mount Vesuvius."
"I can't imagine given the personalities involved on all sides that this thing just kind of wanders away in the evening, especially with the fans here," he said.