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Rally snuffed out
Twins 3, Red Sox 2
David Ortiz reacts after striking out during the fifth inning. (Winslow Townson/AP)
 Varitek's homer
Manny Ramirez hit an RBI single and Jason Varitek notched his 17th homer as the Red Sox came up short in their final game before the playoffs. Boston loaded the bases in the ninth, but came away empty handed.
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Series at a glance:
MIN
Minnesota (79-83)
Won 1
Minnesota 3, Boston 2   BOS
Boston (96-66)
Lost 1
September 30, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Minnesota
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   3 4 0
Boston
0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0   2 8 0
Standings thru 9/30/07  |  Recap: MIN|BOS  |  Gameday  |  Twins Stats  |  Red Sox Stats
MinnesotaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Punto, SS2100110.210
  Rodriguez, 2B1000000.219
Buscher, 3B4110000.244
Hunter, CF3111000.287
  Ford, CF1000000.233
Morneau, DH3000012.271
  a-Kubel, PH-DH1010000.273
Cuddyer, RF3000111.276
Jones, 1B3001001.208
White, LF3011010.174
  Tyner, LF0000000.286
LeCroy, C3000002.150
Casilla, 2B-SS3000010.222
Totals30343256 

a-Doubled for Morneau in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Hunter (45, Tavarez), Kubel (31, Papelbon).
TB: Buscher; Hunter 2; Kubel 2; White.
RBI: Hunter (107), Jones (5), White (20).
2-out RBI: White.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: LeCroy; Jones.
SF: Jones.
Team LOB: 3.

FIELDING
PB: LeCroy (1).
Outfield assists: Cuddyer (Ellsbury at 2nd base).
DP: (Casilla-Rodriguez-Jones).

 
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Pedroia, 2B3010001.317
  Cora, 2B1010100.246
Ramirez, LF2011101.296
  1-Kielty, PR-LF2000014.218
Ortiz, DH2000122.332
  a-Mirabelli, PH-DH2000023.202
Lowell, 3B3000014.324
  Clayton, 3B1000010.246
Youkilis, 1B3000012.288
  Hinske, 1B1000000.204
Varitek, C2111100.255
  Cash, C1000010.111
Crisp, CF3000001.268
  Moss, RF0000100.280
Ellsbury, RF-CF4030000.353
Lugo, SS3110113.237
Totals3328261021 

a-Struck out for Ortiz in the 7th.
1-Ran for Ramirez in the 5th.

BATTING
2B: Pedroia (39, Garza), Ellsbury (7, Baker).
HR: Varitek (17, 6th inning off Baker, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Pedroia 2; Cora; Ramirez; Varitek 4; Ellsbury 4; Lugo.
RBI: Ramirez (88), Varitek (68).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lugo 2; Youkilis; Mirabelli 2.
GIDP: Kielty.
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING
SB: Lugo 2 (33, 2nd base off Nathan/LeCroy, 3rd base off Garza/LeCroy).

 
MinnesotaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Garza (W, 5-7)5.04103503.69
Baker (H, 1)3.03110314.26
Nathan (S, 37)1.01003201.88
 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tavarez (L, 7-11)3.03332005.15
Lester 2.00000204.57
Timlin 1.00000103.42
Delcarmen 1.00000002.05
Gagne 1.00000103.81
Papelbon 1.01000101.85

IBB: Cora (by Nathan).
Pitches-strikes: Garza 109-62, Baker 36-21, Nathan 26-12, Tavarez 50-29, Lester 20-15, Timlin 6-6, Delcarmen 7-6, Gagne 12-7, Papelbon 15-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Garza 5-5, Baker 4-2, Nathan 0-0, Tavarez 6-3, Lester 3-1, Timlin 2-0, Delcarmen 2-1, Gagne 2-0, Papelbon 1-1.
Batters faced: Garza 22, Baker 11, Nathan 6, Tavarez 14, Lester 6, Timlin 3, Delcarmen 3, Gagne 3, Papelbon 4.
Umpires: HP: Hunter Wendelstedt. 1B: Sam Holbrook. 2B: Randy Marsh. 3B: Bob Davidson.
Weather: 61 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:47.
Att: 36,364.

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