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Red Sox Vs. Twins: Tim Wakefield's Struggles Leave Sox Behind 5-1 After Five

The Red Sox trail 5-1 after five as Tim Wakefield's struggles have left the Sox in a hole halfway through the game.

The Sox got off to the 1-0 lead in the second thanks to a trio of hits from David Ortiz, the returning Jed Lowrie, and Marco Scutaro. But, after a 1-2-3 first, Wakefield could not hold onto the lead in the bottom half of the inning.

The trouble got started right away in the bottom of the second with a leadoff double from Michael Cuddyer. One pitch later, Jason Kubel tied things up with a line drive to right field. Still with no outs, Jim Thome knocked a 3-1 knuckleball into the gap in right-center, scoring Kubel to give the Twins a 2-1 lead. Wakefield managed to get the next two batters out, but a passed ball from Jarrod Saltalamacchia allowed Thome to come in from third.

Wakefiled managed to put the third away without any further damage, but Kubel stung him once again with a home run in the fourth, and a pair of two-out hits let a fifth come in in the fifth.

Win 200 seems like it's going to have to wait for another day.