Cody Ross' two home runs on Monday night helped the Boston Red Sox end their five-game losing streak, 6-5. The Twins dropped their third straight and fall to 5-12 on the season.
Trailing 3-0, the Twins scored four in the fourth and one more in the fifth off Red Sox starter Jon Lester, who went seven innings. Ryan Doumit knocked in two with a double and Danny Valencia's first home run of the season added two more in that four-run fourth.
Unfortunately for the Twins, Ross hit a two-run shot in the seventh and a solo homer in the ninth to give the Red Sox an opportunity to close out the Twins in the bottom half of the ninth. With Red Sox fans on pins and needles, Sox closer Alfredo Aceves picked up his third save of the season and improved his ERA to 18.00. Matt Capps got pegged with the loss for the Twins.
Game 2 of the three-game set continues tomorrow night with Josh Beckett squaring off against Nick Blackburn.