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Red Sox take it in 11 with Carl Crawford’s game-winning hit

May 9, 2011, 11:22 PM EDT

Carl Crawford, Kevin Youkilis

Carl Crawford delivered his second game-ending hit of the month Monday as the Red Sox edged the Twins 2-1 in 11 innings.

Crawford, who had been 0-for-4 in the game, doubled off the Green Monster to score pinch-runner Jose Iglesias from first base.  Iglesias was off with the 3-2 pitch with one out in the inning and just beat the throw home from Ben Revere.

Boston got another outstanding performance from Josh Beckett in the contest.  Beckett pitched seven scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 1.99.  He left with a 1-0 lead, but that was blown in the eighth after Alfredo Aceves balked a runner to second and Jonathan Papelbon, asked to get four outs, allowed a game-tying single.

The Twins ended up with nine hits in the game, every one of them a single.  It kind of summed up the entire season for the team with the fewest homers and extra-base hits in all of baseball.  Even the Padres have outhomered them 21-15.

Minnesota took the loss despite an encouraging showing from Nick Blackburn.  In the sixth inning, Blackburn fanned J.D. Drew, Jed Lowrie and Crawford to strike out the side in order for the first time in his career.  He entered the game with just 15 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings for the season, but he notched five K’s tonight.

By taking three out of four at home, the Red Sox pulled back within a game of .500 at 17-18.  The Twins have the game’s worst record, pending the White Sox’s result tonight.  They’re 12-21.

  1. aceshigh11 - May 9, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Wow…Fenway has some seriously bright lights.

    You could swear the sun was out in that photo.

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 9, 2011 at 11:42 PM

      Shhhhhh…

      Would you prefer the recap 15 min after the game is over or an hour afterwards with the correct photo?

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 10, 2011 at 12:13 AM

      More appropriate picture now.

  2. bloodysock - May 10, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Angel Hernandez balked the runner to second. Aceves did nothing.

    Oh, and West tossed Gardenhire later in the game.

    • adslazaro - May 10, 2011 at 10:09 AM

      It was a balk. Even Francona admitted it.

      http://soxblog.projo.com/2011/05/explaining-acev.html

  3. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - May 10, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Hitting above 400 in may so far , bout time .

  4. cogitobaseballergosum - May 10, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    That picture would make a good “Create Your Own Caption” Photo.

    • commonsense365 - May 10, 2011 at 10:38 AM

      kevin loves himself a taste of choclate

    • cur68 - May 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM

      “Oh Baby Youuuk…”

  5. bobwsc - May 10, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    who is tickling who in that picture? or is it “who is tickling whom?”

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