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Nathan closes door
Twins 5, Red Sox 4
Matt LeCroy welcomes Michael Cuddyer after Cuddyer's homer made it 2-2. (Elsa/Getty Images)
The Twins took their swings against AL Cy Young Award contender Josh Beckett, with Michael Cuddyer and Garrett Jones hitting homers as Minnesota built a 5-3 lead. The Red Sox pushed back furiously in the eighth and ninth, but Joe Nathan ultimately shut the door, striking out Kevin Youkilis to end the game.
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Series at a glance:
MIN
Minnesota (78-81)
Won 1
Minnesota 5, Boston 4   BOS
Boston (94-65)
Lost 1
September 27, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Minnesota
1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0   5 12 1
Boston
2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0   4 12 1
Standings thru 9/27/07  |  Recap: MIN|BOS  |  Gameday  |  Twins Stats  |  Red Sox Stats
MinnesotaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Bartlett, SS5230011.269
Kubel, LF4011003.268
Hunter, CF3012002.289
Morneau, DH4010012.275
Cuddyer, RF4121011.278
Jones, 1B4121021.211
LeCroy, C4000032.143
Buscher, 3B3010000.250
  Rodriguez, 3B1000000.225
Punto, 2B4110021.212
Totals36512501013 

BATTING
2B: Bartlett (20, Beckett), Punto (18, Beckett).
3B: Kubel (2, Beckett).
HR: Cuddyer (16, 2nd inning off Beckett, 0 on, 0 out), Jones (2, 6th inning off Beckett, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Bartlett 4; Kubel 3; Hunter; Morneau; Cuddyer 5; Jones 5; Buscher; Punto 2.
RBI: Kubel (65), Cuddyer (81), Hunter 2 (106), Jones (4).
2-out RBI: Hunter.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Punto; Morneau; Hunter; LeCroy.
SF: Hunter.
GIDP: LeCroy.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Bartlett (23, 2nd base off Corey/Varitek), Cuddyer (5, 2nd base off Okajima/Varitek), Buscher (1, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek).
CS: Hunter (9, 2nd base by Beckett/Varitek).

FIELDING
E: LeCroy (1, throw).
DP: 2 (Buscher-Punto-Jones, Punto-Bartlett-Jones).

 
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Pedroia, 2B5020002.318
Ramirez, LF4110002.297
  1-Moss, PR-LF1010000.280
Ortiz, DH4242100.330
  2-Clayton, PR-DH0000000.253
Lowell, 3B5000006.324
Drew, RF-CF3011210.266
Varitek, C3111113.256
Ellsbury, CF2000014.352
  Kielty, RF2000010.226
  a-Youkilis, PH1000013.286
Hinske, 1B4010013.205
Lugo, SS4010000.238
Totals3841244623 

a-Struck out for Kielty in the 9th.
1-Ran for Ramirez in the 7th. 2-Ran for Ortiz in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Ortiz (51, Bonser), Moss (2, Nathan).
HR: Ortiz (34, 5th inning off Bonser, 0 on, 0 out), Varitek (16, 8th inning off Guerrier, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Pedroia 2; Ramirez; Moss 2; Ortiz 8; Drew; Varitek 4; Hinske; Lugo.
RBI: Ortiz 2 (116), Drew (60), Varitek (67).
2-out RBI: Drew.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ellsbury 2; Hinske 2; Ramirez; Pedroia 2; Youkilis 2.
GIDP: Lowell 2.
Team LOB: 12.

BASERUNNING
SB: Pedroia (7, 2nd base off Bonser/LeCroy), Lugo (31, 2nd base off Nathan/LeCroy), Drew (4, 2nd base off Bonser/LeCroy).

FIELDING
E: Beckett (2, throw).
DP: 2 (Lugo-Hinske, Varitek-Lugo).

 
MinnesotaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bonser (W, 8-12)5.06332215.10
Rincon (H, 14)1.11000005.13
Perkins 0.01000003.29
Guerrier (H, 14)1.13110212.28
Nathan (S, 36)1.11002201.91
 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Beckett (L, 20-7)6.010550623.27
Corey 1.01000101.93
Okajima 1.01000202.25
Delcarmen 1.00000102.09

Perkins pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

IBB: Drew (by Nathan).
HBP: Varitek (by Bonser).
Pitches-strikes: Bonser 97-62, Rincon 19-11, Perkins 2-2, Guerrier 20-14, Nathan 28-15, Beckett 99-65, Corey 9-8, Okajima 14-9, Delcarmen 13-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Bonser 9-5, Rincon 2-2, Perkins 0-0, Guerrier 2-0, Nathan 1-1, Beckett 4-7, Corey 1-1, Okajima 0-1, Delcarmen 2-0.
Batters faced: Bonser 24, Rincon 5, Perkins 1, Guerrier 6, Nathan 7, Beckett 26, Corey 4, Okajima 4, Delcarmen 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Perkins 1-0, Guerrier 2-0, Nathan 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Larry Poncino. 1B: Gary Darling. 2B: Jerry Meals. 3B: Rob Drake.
Weather: 78 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 11 mph, In from RF.
T: 3:14.
Att: 36,743.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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