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Associated Press, Published May 06 2013

Drew's double in 11th gives Red Sox win over Twins

Associated Press

BOSTON – Stephen Drew doubled in the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Boston Red Sox rallied past the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Monday night to snap a season-high, three-game losing streak.

Drew, who entered the game batting .182, homered and had four hits. Dustin Pedroia hit a solo shot in the eighth for a 5-4 lead, but Joel Hanrahan gave up Brian Dozier's homer in the ninth and left one out later with right forearm tightness.

Clayton Mortensen (1-2) earned the win with 2 Zc innings of scoreless relief. Pedroia and Shane Victorino had three apiece, and David Ortiz doubled in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 26 games.

Jared Burton (0-1) retired his first two batters in the 11th, then gave up a swinging bunt single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia when the pitcher's throw pulled first baseman Justin Morneau off the bag. Will Middlebrooks singled, and Drew hit a line drive to the base of the Green Monster in left-center.

It was Boston's first walkoff win since Mike Napoli's ninth-inning double beat the Tampa Bay Rays on Marathon Monday, just a half-hour before two bombs exploded at the race's finish line.

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz struggled early, falling behind 4-1 after five innings. But the Red Sox came back with single runs in five straight innings, including Pedroia's homer off a Green Monster light stanchion that broke an eighth-inning tie.

It was Pedroia's first homer since Sept. 11 – a span of 184 at-bats for the 2008 AL MVP.

One start after Toronto broadcaster Jack Morris accused him of throwing a spitball, Buchholz was rescued from his first loss of the season by the Boston comeback. There was no follow-up to the allegations, which Buchholz has denied, except that he had his worst outing this season.

Buchholz, who had won his previous six starts this year, gave up back-to-back doubles off the Green Monster to Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham in the first inning, then fell behind 4-1 in the fifth. The right-hander allowed four runs, seven hits and two walksl, striking out nine in six innings as his ERA rose from 1.01 to 1.60.

That gave Minnesota starter Vance Worley a chance to end a losing streak dating to August. But Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and scored in the fifth; Victorino, who homered in the fourth, singled and scored in the sixth; and Drew homered to right in the seventh to tie it 4-all.

Pedroia homered in the eighth with a high fly ball that bounced off the light support above the left-field wall.

Worley allowed three runs and nine hits in five innings. Since winning at the Washington Nationals on Aug. 1, he is 0-7 with a 6.87 ERA in 12 starts.

Minnesota Boston

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Dozier 2b 6 1 2 1 Ellsury cf 5 0 1 0

Mauer c 5 2 2 0 Victorn rf 5 2 3 1

Wlngh lf 4 1 2 1 Pedroia 2b 5 1 3 1

EEscor pr-ss 1 0 1 0 D.Ortiz dh 4 0 1 0

Mornea 1b 5 0 1 2 Crico pr-dh 0 0 0 0

Parmel rf 4 0 0 0 Carp ph-dh 1 0 0 0

Plouffe 3b 3 0 0 0 Napoli 1b 5 0 1 1

Arcia dh 4 1 1 0 Nava lf 4 1 1 0

Hicks cf 4 0 1 1 Sltlmch c 4 1 2 0

WRmrz ph-cf 1 0 0 0 Mdlrks 3b 5 0 1 0

Flormn ss 3 0 0 0 Drew ss 5 1 4 3

Doumit ph-lf 2 0 0 0

Totals 42 5 10 5 Totals 43 6 17 6

Minnesota 200 110 001 00— 5

Boston 000 111 110 01— 6

Two outs when winning run scored.

E—Napoli (2). DP—Minnesota 4. LOB—Minnesota 11, Boston 7. 2B—Mauer 2 (8), Willingham (7), Arcia (3), Hicks (2), Ellsbury (7), D.Ortiz (9), Nava (6), Saltalamacchia (7), Drew (2). HR—Dozier (1), Victorino (1), Pedroia (1), Drew (2). CS—Ciriaco (1). SF—Morneau.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Worley 5 9 3 3 0 3

Duensing H,5 1 1 0 0 1 1

Fien BS,2-2 1 2 2 2 0 0

Swarzak 3 2 0 0 1 4

Burton L,0-1 Xc 3 1 1 0 0

Boston

Buchholz 6 7 4 4 2 9

A.Wilson Zc 1 0 0 1 1

A.Miller Xc 0 0 0 0 2

Breslow 1 0 0 0 0 1

Hanrahan BS,2-6 Xc 1 1 1 1 1

Mortensen W,1-2 2Zc 1 0 0 2 1

Worley pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.

Fien pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

WP—Duensing.

T—4:44. A—31,088 (37,071).