Twins Jump Over Red Sox, Beat Papelbon

Lamb has key hit in ninth-inning rally for Minnesota
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2008 12:00 AM CDT
Twins Jump Over Red Sox, Beat Papelbon
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Hideki Okajima (37), of Japan, delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 9, 2008 in Minneapolis. The Twins won 7-6.    (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)

Struggling Mike Lamb lifted the Minnesota Twins past the Boston Red Sox 7-6 last night with a two-run single in the ninth against Jonathan Papelbon, who blew his second consecutive save opportunity. Delmon Young led off the ninth with a single, and advanced on a sacrifice by Matt Tolbert. Adam Everett popped out, Young stole third without a throw, and Carlos Gomez walked and moved up on a steal.

Then Lamb, who entered the game after second baseman Brendan Harris left with a tight right hamstring, hit a 1-2 pitch from Papelbon (2-2) to win it. Lamb, in his first season with the Twins, entered the game batting just .207. Jesse Crain (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth, negating a big hit by Mike Lowell in the fifth. (More MLB stories.)

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