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Updated: April 14th, 2010 3:37pm
Rain falls as Twins lose to Red Sox

Rain falls as Twins lose to Red Sox

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The baseball gods weren't quite as accommodating for the second regular season game at Target Field, as the Twins dropped game two of a three-game series, 6-3 to the Red Sox on a gray, rain-filled afternoon.

Kevin Slowey, making his second start of the season, threw five innings, allowing five hits, three earned runs, four walks, while striking out five.

Marco Scutaro led off the game with a single off Slowey, and Dustin Pedroia followed-up with a line drive to left that skipped past a diving Delmon Young. The miscue by Young allowed Scutaro to score easily.

Scutaro would help plate another run in the second inning when his single to right scored J.D. Drew from third, putting the Red Sox in front 2-0.

The Twins (6-3) would answer back with a 2-out rally in the bottom of the third to tie the game 2-2, when Orlando Hudson and Joe Mauer combined for back-to-back RBI singles, scoring Delmon Young and Denard Span.

Slowey settled down in the 3rd and 4th innings, but Pedroia lined a two-out pitch over the left field wall in the 5th for a solo home run to put the Red Sox (4-4) back in front, 3-2.

Jeremy Hermida broke the game open for Boston in the top of the 8th with a 2-out, bases clearing double, scoring Adrian Beltre, J.D. Drew, and Kevin Youkilis to give the Red Sox a 6-2 lead.

Michael Cuddyer hit his first home run of the season in the 8th inning -- a 363-foot blast to left field off Boston right-hander Daniel Bard.

With two outs in the top of the third inning and Beltre at the plate, the first ever in-game rain showers began to fall at Target Field. Fans first started shifting around and buzzing, before eventually letting out a collective cheer. This was followed by faint chants of, "outdoor baseball!" Light showers continued throughout the game.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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