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MLB: Boston 6, Minnesota 5

MINNEAPOLIS, April 23 (UPI) -- Cody Ross belted a game-tying homer and added a go-ahead shot in the ninth inning Monday, rallying the Boston Red Sox to a 6-5 victory over Minnesota.

Ross' two-run blast to left field with one out in the seventh erased a 5-3 deficit, and his solo shot in the ninth off Matt Capps (0-1) handed the Red Sox a late lead.

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Alfredo Aceves made the advantage hold up with a scoreless ninth for his third save and the Red Sox notched a win in the first of a three-game set at Target Field.

Daniel Bard (1-2) earned the victory after retiring the final two batters in the eighth.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia also homered for the Red Sox, who banged out 12 hits.

Danny Valencia socked a two-run homer for the Twins.

Minnesota's Jason Marquis surrendered five runs on 11 hits over a 6 1/3-inning start.

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