9th inning homer lifts Sox over Twins 6-5


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TWINS NOTES: ­· The Twins dropped their third straight game overall and their fourth consecutive game at Target Field…they went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position and are now batting .170 (8-for-47) with RISP in their last five games.

· Jason Marquis threw 112 pitches tonight, which is his most since also throwing 112 pitches on Sept. 13, 2009…he is now 1-0, 7.15 (11.1 ip, 9 er) with 18 hits allowed, three homers and six strikeouts in two starts this season…he remains winless in five career appearances (three starts) vs. Boston.

· Twins starters have allowed 66 earned runs, 114 hits and 19 home runs in 92.0 innings pitched (6.46 ERA) this season.

· Josh Willingham has now reached base safely, via walk or hit, in each of the Twins 17 games this season.

· Danny Valencia hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth inning, and first since September 3, 2011…he has hit .327(86-for-263) with 17 doubles, two triples, seven homers, 41 rbi in his career vs. lefties…the home run ended an 0-for-11 streak for the third baseman.

· Ryan Doumit (2-for-4) had two more rbi tonight, giving him 10 rbi in his last seven games played…this was his fourth multi-hit game of the season.

· The Twins ground into three more double plays in tonight’s game giving the team 19 this season….the 19 GIDP would lead the Majors, coming into today.

· The Twins went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position in the eighth inning after Jamey Carroll led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on an error by Ryan Sweeney.

· Matt Capps had not allowed a home run at Target Field since August 20, 2011 vs. NYY prior to the solo shot by Ross in the ninth inning…the Twins have now allowed 26 home runs this season, behind only Boston (27) for the ML lead.

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