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May 20, 2013

Red Sox win 5th game in a row, beat Twins on a rainy day

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — John Lackey allowed one hit over six innings before a three-hour rain delay, Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks homered and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Sunday for their fifth straight win.

Fans at Target Field saw more than the Twins lose their fifth in a row.

The longest delay ever at the ballpark lasted long enough for the 1993 movie “The Sandlot” to be shown in its entirety on the videoboard. Several cast and crew members were at the stadium to celebrate the fim’s 20th anniversary.

The game resumed about 80 minutes after the movie ended and many fans moved into the first eight rows behind the dugouts.

Lackey (2-4) gave up one unearned run and struck out five before dark skies and heavy rain sent fans running for cover as he was warming up to start the seventh.

Lackey ended his three-game losing streak. He didn’t allow a runner until Trevor Plouffe led off the fifth with a double. Plouffe later scored on shortstop Pedro Ciriaco’s throwing error.

Earlier this month, Lackey’s throwing error against the Twins resulted in four unearned runs and a frustrating loss in the midst of a stretch where the Red Sox went 2-9.

After Andrew Miller pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, Koji Uehara loaded the bases in the eighth, but struck out Joe Mauer to end the threat.

Mauer’s 15-game hitting streak was snapped. The All-Star catcher struck out three times and has now fanned in 16 straight games.

Pedroia drove in three runs, scored twice and extended his hitting streak to 11 games. His two-run homer in the ninth bounced off the wrist of a leaping Josh Willingham and over the left-field wall.

Middlebrooks’ two-out homer in the second off Pedro Hernandez (2-1) traveled 402 feet and flew over the flower pots on top of the scoreboard wall in right-center field.

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