MINNEAPOLIS -- Forty days and 40 nights, and the Red Sox continue to look for their way out of the wilderness.
At the moment, even the combined talents of Moses and Daniel Boone wouldn’t help.
With Sox reliever Andrew Miller losing in walkoff fashion for the second time in three games, the Red Sox fell, 4-3, to the Minnesota Twins in the rubber game of this three-game set. That sends them home with a 3-3 record on this trip and 20-20 after 40 games, the stutter-step remaining their modus operandi in 2014.
Rare thrill for Will: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was having a miserable time of it in Target Field this week (1-for-11, 5 K’s, 1 GIDP) until coming through with a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded in the ninth off Twins closer Glen Perkins. Middlebrooks has had just two hits in 18 at-bats from the seventh inning on all season, both coming in the past week.
Last Wednesday at home against the Reds, Middlebrooks delivered a two-run single in the eighth inning that lifted the Sox to a 4-3 win. Thursday, he ripped a smash through the right side after the Sox had loaded the bases on singles by David Ortiz, Jonny Gomes and Mike Carp.
Miller times two: Miller, who gave up a walkoff home run to Chris Parmelee on Tuesday night, set down the Twins on six pitches in the ninth to send the game to extra innings, but gave up a one-out double to Kurt Suzuki, setting up another showdown with Parmelee. He fouled back the first pitch, took a called strike on the second, then waved at a high slider for the second out.
Miller then went to a full count to light-hitting (.161) Aaron Hicks, prompting catcher Ross to come out for a conference.
Hicks lined the next pitch to left, and Suzuki easily beat the throw from Grady Sizemore, who had entered the game as a pinch-runner in the top of the ninth.