Red Sox continue late-inning attack, win 8-6

Red Sox continue late-inning attack, win 8-6
August 9, 2011, 2:22 am
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By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

MINNEAPOLIS -- For the first five innings, the Red Sox played as though they were hungover from their thrilling, extra-inning comeback win against the New York Yankees Sunday night.

They finally snapped awake to score seven runs over the final four innings, edging the Minnesota Twins 8-6. The only disappointment was that they didn't do so in time to earn Tim Wakefield his 200th career victory.

With the Sox leading 6-5 in the middle of the eighth, Alfredo Aceves allowed a run in the bottom of the inning, depriving Wakefield of his milestone win.

But the Sox roared back with two runs in the top of the ninth before Jonathan Papelbon slammed the door on the Twins for his 25th save.

David Ortiz led the way in Boston's 17-hit attack with a four hits, including a mammoth 428-foot two-run homer in the sixth and a run-scoring single in the ninth as the Sox took the lead for good.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia had two hits -- a solo homer following Ortiz's and an RBI-single in the two-run ninth. Marco Scutaro, who had four hits Sunday night, added three more in the victory.

Wakefield pitched seven innings and was charged with five runs, though only three were earned thanks to some sloppy play behind him.

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