The Minnesota Twins scored 5 runs in the final two innings, highlighted by Joe Mauer's 3-run homer off Alfredo Aceves with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning to beat the Red Sox 6-4 at Fenway Park. Aceves thought he had struck out Mauer looking on the previous pitch, only to have his 2-2 offering called a ball by home plate umpire David Rackley. Aceves's next offering was crushed by Mauer to give the Twins 3 straight wins over the Red Sox and for all intents and purposes ended the post-season hopes of the 2012 Boston Red Sox.
Pinch hitter Pedro Ciriaco had hit his first career home run in the bottom of the 8th inning giving the Red Sox a brief 4-2 lead.
Clay Buchholz was tremendous, allowing just 1 run on 7 hits and 1 walk over 7 innings while striking out 3. Alfredo Aceves pitched 1.2 innings blowing the save in the 8th and game in the 9th.
Mike Aviles (pictured) hit his 11th home run of the year; he now has 52 runs batted in as well. Jim Monaghan 8/04/2012 10:43:00 PM Tweet