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Morning Box Score

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Aug 19, 2010 1:00PM

Twins Topple Sox Yet Again
The Sox tried their best to keep up with the Twins but again fell to Minnesota, this time losing 7-6, their fourth straight loss, and falling five games back of the Twins in the AL Central. Down 2-0 early, Andruw Jones hit a three-run homer to give the Sox the lead. The Sox took a 5-3 lead in the fifth with a pair of runs, but the Twins mounted their own rally in the sixth to take the lead for good. Gavin Floyd (5.1 IP, 10 H , 7 ER) took the loss for the Sox. With the wildcard out of reach, the division crown is the only chance the Sox will likely have to get into the playoffs. There's still one series left this season between the Sox and Twins, a three-game set in mid-September at The Cell. The Sox turn to Mark Buehrle today to help them stop the skid and salvage something from this series (7:10 p.m., CSN).

Padres Dispatch Cubs
The Cubs' late season struggles continued as they lost 5-1 to San Diego, their third straight loss and six in their last eight games. A Jeff Baker RBI double was the only offense the Cubs would mount while rookie pitcher Casey Coleman gave up three runs over 4.1 innings of work to take the loss in his first major league start following a few relief appearances. Four rookies started and six played in the game, the most used in one game by an MLB team since Baltimore used six in a game in September 2008. The Padres and Cubs tangle one more time tomorrow (1:20 p.m., WGN).

Fire Rally Past Revs
The Fire fell behind New England 1-0 early but rallied with two goals, including one in the final minutes, to complete the comeback and take a 2-1 victory at Toyota Park. Down 1-0, Baggio Husidic got the equalizer for the Fire, taking advantage of a rebound after a Brian McBride shot was deflected by a New England defender, and buried his shot on the far post for the goal. After both teams missed opportunities throughout the remainder of the match - and a nice save by Fire goalie Sean Johnson - Calen Carr scored in the 85th minute, taking a pass from Freddie Ljungberg near midfield, took the ball in himself and slid the ball in at the near post for the game-winner. There won't be much time to rest, though, as the Fire now head to Houston for a match on Saturday (7:30 p.m., CSN).