Quintana's 3-run homer in 8th propels Red Sox over Twins, 7-5


MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Quintana hit his first home run since last July 30, a two-out, three-run shot in the eighth inning last night, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 7-5 victory over Minnesota and ending the Twins' five-game winning streak.

Boston is 9-2 since April 19. Minnesota lost for only the second time in nine games. The Twins (9-11) last had a .500 April in their World Series year, 1987.

Despite allowing Dan Gladden's seventh-inning go-ahead double, Jeff Gray (1-1) won in relief of Matt Young, who is still looking for his first victory after coming to Boston as a free agent. Ex-Twin Jeff Reardon pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his eighth save.

Steve Bedrosian (2-1) lost for the first time since arriving in Minnesota in an offseason trade with San Francisco. He entered the game after Mike Greenwell led off the eighth with a double off of Larry Casian.

Jack Clark lined back to Bedrosian and Ellis Burks walked. After Tom Brunansky popped out, Quintana lined a 1-0 pitch over the center field fence.

After hitting his seventh homer last season on July 30, Quintana had only 11 extra-base hits in 71 games before yesterday.

The Twins had gone up 5-4 in the seventh when Gladden, batting .324 since opening the season in a 1-for-32 slump, doubled home two runs.

Young and Twins starter Allan Anderson needed only 15 pitches and 8 minutes to retire the sides in the first inning, but it took Anderson just four pitches to fall behind 2-0 in the second.

Clark singled and Burks doubled on the first two pitches before Brunansky, in his 5,000th career at-bat, lined a 1-0 pitch to left. A Minnesota mainstay from 1982-87, Brunansky is batting .467 with seven RBIs with men in scoring position.

The Red Sox went up 4-0 in the third on Jody Reed's single and Greenwell's third homer. Minnesota made it 4-3 in its third on Gene Larkin's single, Scott Leius' first homer, Gladden's single and Chuck Knoblauch's RBI double.

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