Jim Rice hit his 11th home run of the season and Wade Boggs had three singles to lead visiting Boston over Minnesota.
Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd, recalled from Pawtucket of the International League Tuesday, got his first major-league victory. He allowed seven hits before giving way to Bob Stanley with two on and none out in the seventh. Stanley earned his 11th save.
Gary Allenson singled in Boston's first run off loser Al Williams (2-7) in the second inning and Jerry Remy had an RBI single in the third to open a 2-0 lead.
The Twins tied it at 2 with two runs in the third on RBI singles by Gary Ward and Kent Hrbek.
Boston pulled ahead, 4-2, in the fourth. Tony Armas and Boggs led off with singles and Carl Yastrzemski singled in Armas. Dave Stapleton followed with a single to load the bases and Boggs scored when Allenson hit into a double play.
Boggs' third single of the game, with the bases loaded in the fifth, scored Dwight Evans and gave Boston a 5-2 lead.
Rice hit his solo homer 414 feet into the seats in left-center with one out in the seventh for Boston's final run.