Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer, Franklin Morales turned in another solid substitute start and the Boston Red Sox averted a four-game sweep with a 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
The Boston Red Sox acquired third baseman Danny Valencia from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league outfielder Jeremias Pineda.
Joe Mauer showed the patience of a good hitter and followed that with the skill of one of the game’s best.
Just when it appeared the Boston Red Sox were poised to go on a run, they’ve struggled against one of the AL’s worst teams.
The Twins overcame an early 5-1 deficit and defeated the Red Sox for the second straight night.
The Minnesota Twins may sit near the bottom of the AL standings, but they have made an impact in the wild-card race over the last few weeks.
Samuel Deduno allowed two hits in six innings in his third straight strong performance and the Minnesota Twins spoiled a rare solid outing by Jon Lester and beat the Boston Red Sox 5-0 on Thursday night.
The Red Sox lineup Thursday night against the Twins will feature prospects Ryan Kalish and Ryan Lavarnway.
The Boston Red Sox appeared to have found their groove before coming up short their last time out.
Kevin Youkilis singled in the eighth inning for his first hit as Chicago’s new third baseman Monday night.