The Twins were down to their final strike Saturday, lamenting a night of missed chances at Fenway Park, when Joe Mauer changed everything with one swing.

Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves threw a 95-miles-per-hour fastball over the plate, and Mauer drove it over the Green Monster for a three-run homer, giving the Twins a 6-4 victory.

It was the kind of opposite-field smash the Twins have seen Mauer hit many times before, a ball that has turned into an out many times at the more spacious Target Field. But at Fenway, it landed just beyond that famous wall.