Step away from that panic button...Drew rescues Sox in 11

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

Cancel the meeting at the Tobin. Stephen Drew's RBI double to the base of the wall in the bottom of the 11th inning drove home Jarrod Saltalamacchia with the winning run as the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 at Fenway Park to snap a 3-game winning streak.

For Drew (pictured) it was his 4th hit of the night; earlier he had hit his 2nd home run of the season, one of 3 Red Sox long balls on the night. The other two belonged to Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia.

The Twins jumped out to an early 2-0 lead off Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz thanks to an RBI double by Josh Willingham and an RBI single by Justin Morneau. Buchholz threw an uncharacteristically high 36 pitches in the first inning before settling down.

After the Twins scored another run in the top of the 4th to go up 3-0, Victorino (pictured) hit his 1st home run of the season. It came on a 3-2 pitch by Twins starter Vance Worley.

With the Twins leading 4-1, the Red Sox added single runs in the 5th (RBI single by Drew), 6th (Mike Napoli RBI single) and 7th (Drew's home run) innings. They took the lead for the first time on Pedroia's 1st home run of the season in the bottom of the 8th, a towering blast off Twins reliever Casey Fien that hit one of the light towers on the Monster after an epic 11-pitch at bat.

Pedroia's home run put the Red Sox in the lead until Boston reliever Joel Hanrahan gave up a game-tying home run in the top of the 9th to Brian Dozier. He left a couple of batters later with what was later said to be tightness in his right forearm.

Buchholz pitched 6 innings allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 9.

Victorino and Pedroia each had 3 hits. David Ortiz doubled in the bottom of the 8th to bring his hit streak up to 26 games.

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