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Twins 5, Red Sox 2
Justin Morneau hits his team-leading 14th homer to put the game away in the fifth. (AP)
Nick Blackburn overcame a long first inning to get through seven strong innings, striking out a career-high seven while allowing two runs -- one earned. The Twins helped their starter earn the win, scoring all five of their runs in the fifth inning, capped by Justin Morneau's three-run homer.
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Series at a glance:
BOS
Boston (27-19)
Lost 1
Minnesota 5, Boston 2   MIN
Minnesota (23-24)
Won 1
May 26, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0   2 9 0
Minnesota
0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 X   5 7 1
Standings thru 5/26/09  |  Recap: BOS | MIN  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox stats  |  Twins stats
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ellsbury, CF 5 2 2 0 0 0 2 .303
Pedroia, 2B 4 0 2 1 0 1 1 .341
Drew, J, RF 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .263
Youkilis, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 3 3 .379
Bay, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .282
Ortiz, D, DH 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .197
Varitek, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .238
Bailey, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .185
Lugo, SS 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .271
Totals 35 2 9 1 2 9 19  

BATTING
2B: Ortiz, D (12, Blackburn), Pedroia (15, Blackburn).
TB: Ortiz, D 2; Ellsbury 2; Lugo 2; Pedroia 3; Youkilis; Varitek.
RBI: Pedroia (16).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bay; Lugo; Bailey; Youkilis.
Team RISP: 1-for-11.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Ellsbury 2 (20, 2nd base off Blackburn/Mauer, 2nd base off Blackburn/Mauer).

FIELDING
DP: (Pedroia-Bailey).

 
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, CF-LF 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .301
Mauer, C 3 1 0 0 1 2 3 .429
Morneau, 1B 3 1 2 3 1 0 0 .347
Cuddyer, RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .285
Kubel, DH 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .333
Harris, B, 3B 3 1 1 0 0 2 2 .257
Young, D, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .242
  Gomez, C, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .225
Tolbert, 2B 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .200
Punto, SS 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 .193
Totals 28 5 7 5 4 8 15  

BATTING
2B: Cuddyer (10, Lester), Punto (3, Bard).
HR: Morneau (14, 5th inning off Lester, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Cuddyer 2; Tolbert; Harris, B; Punto 3; Morneau 5.
RBI: Punto (12), Span (22), Morneau 3 (44).
2-out RBI: Morneau 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Young, D; Mauer; Cuddyer.
SAC: Span.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Span (10, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek).

FIELDING
E: Punto (4, throw).

 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lester (L, 3-5) 6.0 6 5 5 3 4 1 6.07
Bard 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.50
Saito 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3.18
 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blackburn (W, 4-2) 7.0 8 2 1 2 7 0 3.55
Guerrier (H, 6) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.86
Nathan (S, 7) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.60

IBB: Morneau (by Bard).
HBP: Span (by Lester), Harris, B (by Saito).
Pitches-strikes: Lester 100-62, Bard 22-13, Saito 20-13, Blackburn 111-75, Guerrier 11-8, Nathan 10-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lester 7-3, Bard 1-0, Saito 0-0, Blackburn 5-5, Guerrier 0-1, Nathan 1-1.
Batters faced: Lester 26, Bard 5, Saito 4, Blackburn 30, Guerrier 3, Nathan 4.
Umpires: HP: Tony Randazzo. 1B: Chris Guccione. 2B: Todd Tichenor. 3B: Jerry Layne.
Weather: 70 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:52.
Att: 20,019.
Venue: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
May 26, 2009
May 26, 2009

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