At long last, Carl Crawford took a low pitch deep, scorching it high off the wall in left center field in the bottom of the 11th inning. The hit scored everyone's favorite prospect, Jose Iglesias, who had filled The Legend's shoes as a pinch runner, and slid in just ahead of a double-relay throw.
Said blowing began with another balk called on Alfredo Aceves in the top of the 8th. This time, it was apparently a different kind of balk (a regular balk, rather than a step-balk), and so when Terry Francona came out to discuss with Angel Hernandez, this time he was neither ejected nor bull-rushed by Smokey Joe West. Go figure.
This turn of events put Denard Span in scoring position. After Aceves recorded another out on a foul pop-up at third, Jonathan Papelbon was called on to get four outs. He hung a splitter after a lengthy battle with Jason Kubel, and Kubel dropped it into no-man's land in shallow center, scoring Span, blowing the save, and tying the game.
From there it would continue through three more full innings, two of them OT, before Iglesias took off for home. At a certain point, with the Red Sox stranding runners like crazy and the Twins barely able to get on base at all, the spectre of another 3 am debacle began to loom.
With one out in the bottom of the 11th, however, the Red Sox got their moment. The win also meant a series win instead of a split; it meant a winning homestand; and most importantly, it meant a continued reason to hope.
While it turned out to have a great ending, though, winning this game put the Sox at just 6-5 on this homestand, and their overall record still has yet to even out just once this season.There's still a long way to go.