And in the seventh, Ortiz (#52) and Lowell (#18) go back-to-back for a 6-0 lead. Beckett brings his too-seldom-seen A-game (8-6-0-0-5, 103) and the Red Sox keep elimination at bay for another day.
7:24 PM -- Bottom of the first, none on, 2 outs, first pitch, crushed to deep right-center:
Johan Santana (2.77) / Josh Beckett (5.02), 7 PM
If the Twins win tonight, Boston will be officially eliminated from the wild card race.
Dustin Pedroia has hit safely in his last five games (6-for-12).