The Boston Red Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep, the Star Tribune said.
The Red Sox defeated the Twins 6-4, stopping a ninth-inning rally in which the Twins cut the lead from 6-1, the Star Tribune said. Red Sox left-hander Franklin Morales earned his third victory of the season.
Josh Willingham hit his 28th home run of the season and Ryan Doumit hit a two-run homer to cut the lead to 6-4 in the ninth, but Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves shut the door on the Twins to drop them to 47-61 on the season, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.
The Twins had rallied for comeback wins two nights in a row before the loss on Sunday afternoon, the Star Tribune said. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was booed by fans expecting a third straight blown lead when he walked to the mound to call Aceves into the game.
The loss prevented the Twins from earning their first sweep of the Red Sox in Boston since 1991, the Star Tribune said.
The Twins had gone 7-3 in their last ten games before the loss Sunday.
Twins right-hander Nick Blackburn took the loss as he gave up four runs on nine hits in five innings, the Star Tribune said. He gave up a two-run homer to Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
On a more positive note for Minnesota, Twins outfielder Ben Revere extending his hitting streak to 19 games with a single, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.