Minnesota Twins defeat Boston Red Sox, 9-8

MINNEAPOLIS - Manny Ramírez, sore right hamstring and all, stood in the batter's box.

Two outs in the ninth, down one run, Coco Crisp on second base. This was it, right? This was where pinch-hitter Ramírez would bring the Red Sox back from the depths of a loss once again.

Well, almost.

His grounder to shortstop didn't quite get it done, Adam Everett winging the ball to Justin Morneau for the out at first base. But the fact that the Red Sox even had a chance, now that...

MINNEAPOLIS—So much for small ball.

Craig Monroe went 2-for-4 with two of light-hitting Minnesota's three home runs and four RBIs, and the Twins hung on for a 9-8 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Joe Nathan gave up two runs in the ninth, but won a showdown with pinch-hitter Manny Ramirez by getting him to ground out to shortstop with the tying run on second base to pick up his 12th save in as many chances.

The Twins, who entered with a major league...