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Associated Press, Published March 19 2012

Benson’s three-run double propels Twins over Boston

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Felix Doubront’s bid for a spot in Boston’s starting rotation took a hit when he allowed eight hits in 4Xc innings Monday as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Red Sox 8-4.

The left-hander gave up two runs, struck out three and walked one.

Twins starter Jason Marquis allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in four innings with two strikeouts.

Pinch-hitter Joe Benson put the Twins ahead with a three-run double in the sixth.

Minnesota Boston

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Span cf 3 0 0 0 Ellsbury cf 3 0 2 1

Bensn ph-cf 3 0 1 3 B.Jacobs lf 2 0 0 0

J. Carroll ss 3 2 2 0 Pedroia 2b 3 0 0 0

Dozier ph-ss 2 0 0 0 Lavarnwy c 1 0 1 0

Mauer 1b 3 0 1 0 A.Gnzlz 1b 3 0 0 0

Parmelee 1b 2 1 1 0 Kroeger 1b 1 0 0 0

Morneau dh 2 0 0 0 Youkilis 3b 1 0 1 0

Brghs ph-dh 1 1 1 0 Spears 3b 1 0 1 0

Willinghm rf 3 0 1 2 D.Ortiz dh 3 1 0 0

Carson rf 2 1 1 1 Expsito dh 1 0 0 0

Valencia 3b 3 0 2 0 Saltalam c 2 1 0 0

Holimn pr-3b 1 1 0 1 Cirio 2b-ss 1 0 0 0

Doumit c 3 0 1 0 Repko rf 3 1 1 1

Towles c 1 0 0 0 P.Hissey cf 1 1 1 0

Lehmann c 0 0 0 0 McDonld lf 1 0 1 0

Revere lf 3 1 3 0 Hasan pr-rf 1 0 1 1

Dinkelman lf 1 0 0 1 Iglesias ss 3 0 0 1

A.Casilla 2b 1 1 0 0 J.Hee 2b 0 0 0 0

Florimon 2b 1 0 0 0 D.Butler ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 38 8 14 8 Totals 32 4 9 4

Minnesota 101 003 003— 8

Boston 030 000 001— 4

E—Ciriaco (1). DP—Minnesota 1, Boston 3. LOB—Minnesota 11, Boston 6. 2B—Benson (1), Mauer (1), Parmelee (1), Carson (1), Doumit (2), Revere (1), Repko (1), P.Hissey (1). SB—Hollimon (1), Florimon (1), Youkilis (1). CS—D.McDonald (1). S—A.Casilla. SF—Hollimon, Dinkelman.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Marquis 4 5 3 3 2 2

Burton W,2-1 1 0 0 0 1 1

Al.Burnett 1 0 0 0 1 1

Manship 1 1 0 0 0 0

Swarzak 1 1 0 0 0 0

Waldrop 1 2 1 1 0 0

Boston

Doubront 4Xc 8 2 2 1 3

Melancon L,0-1 1 3 3 3 1 1

Thomas Zc 0 0 0 0 0

A.Bailey 1 0 0 0 1 1

Atchison 1Zc 3 3 3 0 0

C.Carpenter Xc 0 0 0 2 0

HBP—by Marquis (Youkilis).

—3:23. A—9,646 (9,990).