Minnesota Twins defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-6

MINNEAPOLIS --Struggling Mike Lamb lifted the Minnesota Twins past the Boston Red Sox 7-6 on Friday night with a two-run single in the ninth inning against Jonathan Papelbon, who blew his second consecutive save opportunity.

Delmon Young led off the ninth with a single, and advanced on a sacrifice by Matt Tolbert. Adam Everett popped out, Young stole third without a throw, and Carlos Gomez walked and moved up on a steal.

Then Lamb, who entered the game after second b...

MINNEAPOLIS - The last blown save came out of nowhere, the hits (plus the error) adding up to a nightmare scenario for the man on the mound. That one wasn't Jonathan Papelbon's fault, though the watercoolers in the dugout would hardly have taken comfort in that.

This one? It was a textbook example of small ball, the Twins plating a pair of runs on a single by Mike Lamb in the ninth inning last night against one of the premier closers in the game to defeat the Red Sox, 7...