August 4, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

Twins Vs. Red Sox: Minnesota Defeated In Series Finale, 6-4

The Minnesota Twins were bested by the Red Sox on Sunday 6-4, but still took three of four games in the series.

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Twins Vs. Red Sox Final Score: Minnesota Falls To Boston In Series Finale, 6-4

The Minnesota Twins came up short on Sunday at Fenway Park, as the Boston Red Sox narrowly avoided a four-game sweep with a 6-4 victory.

Twins starter Nick Blackburn scattered nine hits over five innings to take his sixth loss of the season, while Boston pitcher Franklin Morales, who made just his eighth start of 2012, went six strong innings to move to 3-2 on the season.

Although Minnesota could only muster six hits on the day, a first inning single from Ben Revere extended the speedy outfielder's hitting streak to 19 games. Revere now has nine hits and three steals through five games in the month of August, and remains the single hottest player in manager Ron Gardenhire's lineup. In addition to his stellar offense as of late though, the 24-year-old continues to make tremendous plays in the field, as evidenced by his Willie Mays-esque grab to save a run in the seventh inning (click to animate, via @cjzero):

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With late-game comebacks being the norm throughout this entire series, the Twins kept things consistent in the ninth once again by tattooing Boston pitcher Vicente Padilla for three runs on a pair of blasts to the outfield. The first, a solo shot from the bat of Josh Willingham, came on Padilla's very first batter faced, while the second, a two-run shot from Ryan Doumit, came two batters later. Though Boston closer Alfredo Aceves was brought in to quell the storm for his 23rd save, it's clear that Twins hitters are playing as well as they have all season at the moment.

Fresh off this momentum-building series victory, the Twins should have all the confidence in the world heading to Cleveland for a three-game set with an ice cold Indians squad. Ace (too early?) Scott Diamond will get the ball for the Twins in game one as he looks to reach double-digit victories.

Head over to Twinkie Town for more Twins coverage, and be sure to check out Over The Monster for more on the Red Sox. And for even more MLB news and analysis, visit Baseball Nation.

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Twins Vs. Red Sox Final Score: Minnesota's Big 9th Inning Caps Off Thrilling 6-4 Comeback Victory

Led by a clutch three-run homer from the bat of Joe Mauer, the Minnesota Twins pulled off an improbable comeback at Fenway Park on Saturday to stun the hometown Red Sox, 6-4.

Minnesota entered the ninth inning trailing by two runs on the scoreboard, as Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves remained in the game to attempt a rare two-inning save. But a Jamey Carroll single that scored speedster Alexi Casilla quickly set the table for Mauer to walk to the plate with not only a pair of runners on base and a mere one-run deficit, but with just one out remaining for his team. Clutch, indeed.

In addition to Mauer's big night, outfielder Ben Revere singled early in the game to extend his career-best hitting streak to 18 games. The 24-year-old youngster finished 3-for-5 with a stolen base (his 26th) on Saturday to raise his season average to .323, and continues to play the best baseball of his professional career at the moment in the No. 2 spot in Ron Gardenhire's lineup.

The game-winning blast though, which marked Mauer's seventh of 2012, now gives the Twins three straight victories against the Red Sox in the four-game set, and will allow Sunday's starter Nick Blackburn to try his hand for a series sweep.

Be sure to visit Twinkie Town for more coverage of the Twins, and head over to Over The Monster for more Red Sox news. For even more MLB news and expert analysis, make sure to check out Baseball Nation.

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