Red Sox bullpen hangs on for 7-6 win over Twins, Parmalee leaves game early 26 Apr 12

Minneapolis, Minn. (AP) – Mike Aviles homered and the Boston Red Sox bullpen just barely avoided another big collapse in a 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

Alfredo Aceves struck out Denard Span with the bases loaded in the ninth inning for his fourth save in six chances as the Red Sox completed the sweep.

Dustin Pedroia tripled, doubled and singled for the Red Sox. The Twins have dropped five in a row.

Clay Bucholz (2-1) had another shaky outing for the Red Sox, giving up five runs on 10 hits with three walks in 5 1/3 innings.

The Red Sox led 7-1 after five innings, but their beleaguered bullpen was able to hang on with a 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

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Parmelee leaves after being hit in helmet by pitch

Minneapolis, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Twins first baseman Chris Parmelee was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Boston’s Justin Thomas in the sixth inning and had to leave the game.

The left-handed hitting Parmelee stood in with runners on second and third and one out Wednesday night. The pitch from Thomas came up and in and appeared to hit Parmelee on the brim of his helmet before he could get out of the way.

The ball made a loud crack sound as it hit his helmet and ricocheted near the Red Sox dugout. The stadium fell quiet as Parmelee lay motionless in the dirt and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and team trainers rushed to his side. After a few moments, Parmelee sat up and staggered to the dugout, receiving a loud ovation.