Brad Penny struck out seven and didn't walk a batter while improving to 5-1. (AP)
By Thor Nystrom / Special to MLB.com
Suffering from a sinus infection that upset his stomach, Brad Penny held the Twins to three runs in 5 1/3 innings -- two scoring in his final frame. Penny was backed by 16 hits -- four by Mike Lowell -- and Jonathan Papelbon overcame a two-run homer in the ninth to preserve the win.
a-Flied out for Baldelli in the 9th. 1-Ran for Lowell in the 9th.
BATTING 2B: Baldelli (1, Liriano, F), Youkilis 2 (13, Liriano, F, Liriano, F), Bay (11, Liriano, F). HR: Bailey (3, 8th inning off Dickey, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Ellsbury 2; Lowell 4; Baldelli 3; Pedroia 3; Youkilis 4; Bay 3; Bailey 4. RBI: Bay 2 (47), Lowell (33), Youkilis 2 (28), Bailey (9). 2-out RBI: Youkilis 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bay 2; Lugo 3; Varitek. Team RISP: 3-for-11. Team
BASERUNNING SB: Pedroia (6, 2nd base off Liriano, F/Redmond, M), Bay (5, 3rd base off Liriano, F/Redmond, M). CS: Ellsbury (6, 2nd base by Liriano, F/Redmond, M). PO: Ellsbury (1st base by Liriano, F).