Carroll’s single in 10th lifts Twins over Red Sox

Posted Aug. 03, 2012, at 9:32 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 03, 2012, at 11:54 p.m.
The Boston Red Sox's Carl Crawford watches his three-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning of Friday's baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston.
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The Boston Red Sox's Carl Crawford watches his three-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning of Friday's baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston.

BOSTON — Jamey Carroll had four hits, including a go-ahead single in the 10th inning that sent the Minnesota Twins over the Boston Red Sox 6-5 Friday night.

Carroll and Justin Morneau each went 4 for 4 — Morneau doubled twice and Carroll also doubled.

Darin Mastroianni led off the 10th with a double. After third baseman Will Middlebrooks made a spectacular diving catch on a foul ball by Brian Dozier, Carroll singled off Vicente Padilla (4-1).

The Twins overcame an early 5-1 deficit and defeated the Red Sox for the second straight night.

Jeff Gray (6-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win. Jared Burton picked up his fourth save of the season in six chances.

Carl Crawford homered, doubled, singled and drove in three runs for the Red Sox.

Twins starter Brian Duensing went six innings and gave up five runs, only two of them earned. The Twins bullpen didn’t allow a run over the final four innings.

Boston loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but Jacoby Ellsbury struck out and Dustin Pedroia flied out. In the ninth, Ryan Lavarnway doubled with two outs but Middlebrooks grounded out.

Crawford homered for the third time in a week. His three-run drive in a four-run third came one pitch after Morneau dropped a foul ball wide of first base for an error.

Red Sox starter Felix Doubront couldn’t hold a 5-1 lead. He went five innings and allowed five runs and eight hits.

Control problems got the best of Doubront in the fifth, enabling the Twins to tie it. He walked Joe Mauer to load the bases and then walked the next batter, Josh Willingham, to make it 5-2. Morneau hit a soft two-run single and the Twins made it 5-all on a sacrifice fly by Danny Valencia.

Morneau scored the first run of the game in the second. He doubled and Mastroianni singled past a drawn-in infield.

NOTES: Boston RHP Josh Beckett was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday because of a lower back injury. Franklin Morales will return to the rotation to fill Beckett’s slot. … Injured Red Sox slugger David Ortiz took batting practice and did some running drills prior to the game. The designated hitter has been on the DL since July 17 with a right Achilles strain. … Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey, who has missed the entire season after undergoing right thumb surgery, will pitch for Double-A Portland on Sunday.

Schilling gets ‘standing O’: After criticizing Valentine earlier in the day, Curt Schilling was given a standing ovation from Boston fans when he was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.

Schilling was the last of the inductees introduced at Fenway Park on Friday night, and applause began as soon as his picture appeared on the video board in center.

Earlier in the day, Schilling went on WEEI radio and predicted Valentine’s reign as Red Soxmanager will end like Mount Vesuvius. Schilling also said “I would have swung” if Valentine had been his manager and made a sarcastic remark similar to one about Red Sox infielder Will Middlebrooks that was attributed to Valentine.

Schilling was 53-29 for Boston from 2004-07 and won World Series titles in his first and last seasons with the Red Sox.

“Bobby is just unique — he’s different. And he runs and beats to a different drummer,” Schilling said on WEEI. “I just didn’t think the matchup of players and this club and him was going to fit, it was going to work, and I don’t think he ever got a chance from a lot of the guys.”

Asked how he thought the Valentine era in Boston will end, Schilling responded: “Mount Vesuvius.”

“I can’t imagine given the personalities involved on all sides that this thing just kinds kind of wanders away in the evening, especially with the fans here,” he said.

Others honored included second baseman Marty Barrett, outfielder Ellis Burks, pitcher Joe Dobson, left-hander Dutch Leonard and superintendent of grounds Joe Mooney and owner John I. Taylor.

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