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MLB: Boston 6, Minnesota 4

Aug. 5, 2012 at 5:41 PM

BOSTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Adrian Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs Sunday, enabling Boston to avoid a four-game sweep with a 6-4 win over Minnesota.

Gonzalez delivered a run-scoring single in the third inning, staking the Red Sox to a 2-0 lead, then cracked a two-run shot in the fifth to double the advantage.

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The Bosox later added RBI from Cody Ross and Jacoby Ellsbury, which they ended up needed as the Twins rallied for three runs in the ninth.

Carl Crawford finished 3-for-5, knocking in a first-inning run for the Bosox, who snapped a four-game skid.

Boston starter Franklin Morales (3-2) held the Twins to one run on three hits over six innings.

Closer Alfredo Aceves was forced to make his 23rd save after Vicente Padilla surrendered ninth-inning homers to Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit.

Twins starter Nick Blackburn (4-7) was touched for four runs on nine hits in a five-inning effort.

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