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Iglesias’ late run lifts Boston over Twins


Toronto Blue Jays batter Aaron Hill is hit by a pitch during the ninth inning of their American League game against the Detroit Tigers in Toronto on Monday.

Photo: Reuters


Pinch-runner Jose Iglesias raced around from first base to score off Carl Crawford’s one-out double off the left-field wall in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Boston beat Minnesota in the final three games of their four-game series and won for the 11th time in 12 games in Fenway Park.

The Red Sox closed out their longest homestand of the season at 6-5. Hideki Okajima (1-0) pitched two innings — getting out of two-on, one-out jams in each — for the win.

Jed Lowrie drew a one-out walk against Jim Hoey (0-1) and Iglesias pinch ran. Crawford lofted one off The Wall and Iglesias slid in just ahead of the throw from short left by shortstop Matt Tolbert, knocking Rene Rivera over as he scored.


In Toronto, Max Scherzer won his sixth consecutive decision, while Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer as Detroit beat Toronto.

Scherzer (6-0) has not lost in eight starts this season.

His season-opening winning streak is the longest by a Tigers pitcher since Jeremy Bonderman won eight straight in 2007.

Scherzer allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, matching his shortest start of the year. He walked three and struck out five.

Martinez went three-for-four with three RBIs and Austin Jackson had four RBIs for the Tigers, who have won six of seven to even their record at 18-18.

Monday’s other results:

‧ Athletics 7, Rangers 2

‧ White Sox 8, Angels 0



The Philadelphia Phillies turned in four double plays behind the pitching of Joe Blanton, who came off the disabled list to claim his first victory of the season in a 6-4 defeat of the Florida Marlins on Monday.

Blanton (1-1) allowed eight hits, but left with a 6-3 lead. He made his first start since April 23 after being sidelined with an impingement in his throwing elbow.

The Phillies won for the 18th time in their past 21 games in Miami.

The Marlins’ start matches the best in franchise history, but they’ve lost four of their past five games to fall three behind the National League East-leading Phillies (23-11), who have the best record in the majors.

Javier Vazquez (2-3), who lasted only 4-1/3 innings, allowed nine hits and six runs, five earned.

Gaby Sanchez of Florida drove in three runs with his fifth homer and a double.


In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Neil Walker hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning as surging Pittsburgh beat Los Angeles to move above .500 in mid-May for the first time in seven years.

Garrett Jones led off the eighth inning with a walk, before Walker laced a shot into the right-field corner off Los Angeles starter Chad Billingsley (2-2). Jones scored all the way from first to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead.

Lyle Overbay and Ryan Doumit followed with a pair of run-scoring doubles as the Pirates won their third straight.

Jose Veras (1-1) worked a scoreless eighth for the victory. Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth for his 11th save.

The victory lifted Pittsburgh to 18-17.

Monday’s other results:

‧ Brewers 4, Padres 3

‧ Reds 6, Astros 1

‧ Rockies 2, Mets 1

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