Rubby De La Rosa picked up his second win as a member of the Boston Red Sox, helping shut out the Minnesota Twins 1-0 at Fenway Park on Monday night.
It was De La Rosa’s first-career start at Fenway and he dazzled Red Sex Nation with seven shutout innings, allowing one hit and three walks while striking out three. With a Red Sox offense that is still in the midst of its struggling, De La Rosa’s outing couldn’t have come at a better time and the Sox must hope that some of the reinforcements on its way from Pawtucket can help this sputtering lineup.
Boston brought home the game’s only run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Right fielder Daniel Nava came home on catcher A.J. Pierzynski‘s sac-fly, obviously the most exciting way to bring home a run in the game of baseball.
The Sox put together six hits, only one for extra bases (a double by Stephen Drew), in this contest that took two hours and 45 minutes. Koji Uehara did his best Koji Uehara impression, pitching a perfect ninth inning to lower his ERA to 0.57 and earn his 15th save of 2014. Andrew Miller and Burke Badenhop made appearances in today’s game, both earning holds for their efforts in the contest.
The victory brings the BoSox to six games under .500, and to 18-19 at home this season. They will face a former division-foe in right-hander Phil Hughes who goes for Minnesota tomorrow. Jon Lester takes the mound for Boston, looking to match the youngster De Le Rosa’s start to show why he is the ace of this Red Sox staff.