Sox come ahead late again, win 4-3

Sox come ahead late again, win 4-3
August 10, 2011, 3:48 am
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By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

MINNEAPOLIS -- For the second night in a row, a Red Sox reliever blew a late-inning one-run lead. And for the second night in a row, his teammates quickly got him another.

After Matt Albers cost starter Erik Bedard his first win with the Red Sox, David Ortiz reached on a bases-loaded swinging bunt as Dustin Pedroia crossed the plate in the top of the seventh inning, sending the Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

The victory was the fourth in a row for the Sox.

Bedard walked four in the the first inning as the Twins grabbed a quick 2-0 lead. Thereafter, however, the lefty was sharp, tossing four more shutout innings. Thanks to his high pitch count in the first (37 pitches), Bedard was done after five, allowing two runs on three hits with four walks and six strikeouts.

The Sox tied in the fifth on a two-run homer from Darnell McDonald, his fourth of the season and first since July 15.

A run-scoring single in the sixth from Jason Varitek delivered Jed Lowrie from second to give the Sox their first lead of the night, but Albers gave it back when he yielded a single to Danny Valencia and a two-out double to Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

Over the last three innings, Franklin Morales, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon combined to allow just one hit over three scoreless frames to secure the lead.

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