A bad performance on the basepaths and a shaky show in the field doomed the Red Sox.
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval mishandled a throw on a bunt in the ninth inning, triggering a four-run burst that carried the visiting Twins to an 8-4 victory yesterday for a four-game split.
With the score tied at 4-4 in the ninth, Minnesota put runners on first and second with none out against Koji Uehara (2-3). Mauer bunted and catcher Blake Swihart threw to third. It was low but catchable, and when the ball went under Sandoval's glove, Brian Dozier scored the go-ahead run.
"I tried to do everything I could to stop the ball," Sandoval said. "[It got] under my glove."
"Nobody expected that one," Minnesota's Torii Hunter said. "I think that's why everything went kind of haywire . . . I don't think anybody in baseball or TV or anything thought Joe Mauer was going to bunt. He did and caused the havoc right there."
The Red Sox committed three errors and had three runners cut down by questionable baserunning. "That was a poor display of baseball today,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Hunter hit a three-run homer and two singles. It was his 200th home run in a Twins uniform 339th overall. Kurt Suzuki singled three times, helping Minnesota to its ninth win in 12 games.
Swihart hit his first major- league homer and Dustin Pedroia also had a solo shot for Boston, which has lost eight of 11.
Rays 2, Mariners 1: Erasmo Ramirez allowed one run in 51/3 innings against his former team to lift visiting Tampa Bay.
Orioles 3, Astros 2: Adam Jones had three hits, including a two-out solo homer in the top of the eighth, for visiting Baltimore.
Indians 6, Royals 2: Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer as visiting Cleveland won a game called in the eighth because of rain.
A's 7, Tigers 5: Jesse Hahn allowed one run in seven innings as visiting Oakland completed a three-game sweep and sent Detroit to its seventh straight loss.
Rangers 2, White Sox 1: Shin-Soo Choo's one-out single in the 11th gave Texas a walk-off win. White Sox rookie Carlos Rodon struck out 10 in six innings.
Cardinals 7, Dodgers 1: Michael Wacha (8-1) pitched seven effective innings and Jason Heyward and Kolten Wong had two RBIs each for visiting St. Louis.
Reds 6, Phillies 4: Brandon Phillips went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a steal in Philadelphia.
Cubs 2, Nationals 1:Jake Arrieta allowed a run in six innings for visiting Chicago.-- AP