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  • Minnesota Twins' Chris Parmelee goes down after he was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Boston Red Sox pitcher Justin Thomas in the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. Parmelee left the game. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 11:54 pm

Red Sox bullpen hangs on for 7-6 win over Twins

By JON KRAWCZYNSKIAP Baseball Writer

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 Buchholz (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 3 2-3 scoreless innings of relief.