BOSTON (AP) -After a difficult series against Boston's rival,
has responded with a game-winning hit and a game-tying home run on back-to-back nights against the
Ramirez hit a two-run homer as part of a four-run eighth inning rally to help the
Boston Red Sox
edge the Twins 6-5 on Tuesday night.
''It's a tough loss, one we thought we had,'' Twins manager
said. ''We made a lot of mistakes, they blooped one to left, blooped one to right and next thing you know Manny hits one into
It was the second straight game Ramirez came through in the eighth inning to rally the
. His 17th homer of the season on Tuesday came off Twins reliever
(4-4) and tied the game 5-5.
''We had a terrific inning, a lot of good things happened,''
said. ''Last night was what we needed, but sometimes you need a home run.''
Ramirez drove home Boston's only run in a 1-0 victory on an RBI single Monday night against Minnesota. He was 2-for-8 with
four strikeouts against the
New York Yankees
over the weekend.
One out after Ramirez's home run,
slapped a single up the middle for the go-ahead run.
''I think we were in a really good situation,'' Moss said. ''Even though we were down by three, we had our leadoff guy coming
up in Jacoby, Pedroia, whos been on fire, J.D. and Manny. I don't think anybody was surprised to see Manny go deep in that
situation, he's done it so much.''
(3-2) got the final two outs in the eighth for the win.
escaped trouble in the ninth for his 27th save.
Ramirez struck out with a runner on third against
with two outs in the ninth inning of Sunday night's 5-4 loss and was a quiet 2-for-8 with no RBI's in the four-game set against
New York while hitting .225 overall in the month of July.
On Tuesday, Boston trailed 5-2 going into the eighth.
singled and J.D. Drew's RBI fielder's choice narrowed the gap to 5-3 before Ramirez's homer.
led off the ninth for Minnesota with a double and went to third on
's sacrifice. Papelbon then struck out pinch-hitter
to groundout and end the game.
allowed five runs and nine hits in 7 1-3 innings.
''This feels real good,'' Lester said. ''We played better than our record showed on the last road trip, but last night was
a big win for us and we just continue to battle.''
pitched 6 2-3 innings allowing two runs and six hits for Minnesota.
''It's always disappointing when you're winning by three runs in the eighth and you go out there and give up four,'' Guerrier
said. ''Especially coming close to the All-Star break and with the way Nick pitched today against a good team.''
Despite the loss, the Twins starting pitching improved to 16-1 in the last 23 games with an ERA of 2.99. Minnesota snapped
a 13-inning scoring drought and Lester's 12 inning shutout streak when they scored three with two out in the fourth inning
highlighted by a two-run triple by
giving the Twins a 2-1 lead. Punto followed with an RBI single to increase the Twins lead to 3-1.
The Twins extended their lead to 4-1 in the seventh inning after Harris doubled and Span singled him home. Span started his
eighth straight game for the injured
and is hitting .391. Boston cut the deficit to 4-2 in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Moss.
Drew gave Boston a 1-0 lead when his first inning RBI double scored Ellsbury.
Notes: Mardy Fish, the top seed at the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, RI threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ...
Pedroia extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 games with his sixth-inning single. ... Casilla had his hitting streak
snapped at 15 games.