The Boston Red Sox, once again benefitting from a topnotch starting pitching performance, squeaked out their second straight win over the Minnesota Twins. Lights out pitching from the bullpen and timely hitting propelled the club to a 2-1 victory Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
Jon Lester was was locked in. Boston’s ace surrendered just one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings of work. He struck out six along the way.
Since scoring 10 runs in a win over Cleveland this past Friday, the Sox have scored just nine since. The bats weren’t scorching in the tilt opposite Twins starter Phil Hughes, but the top five hitters in Boston’s order combined to belt out seven hits, accounting for both runs.
In the second, Dustin Pedroia drove home Brock Holt on a double to center. Holt had singled to center to lead off the inning. Both he and Pedroia each nothced two hits in the game, though it was Holt who tallied each Boston run.
Holt later doubled off the Green Monster in the third. After stealing third, Xander Bogaerts drove him in with a sacrifice fly to center.
Lester, who improved to 8-7 on the year in victory, allowed the lone Minnesota run of the night in the sixth. Joe Mauer doubled to left, scoring Edwin Santana.
Boston’s bullpen combined to pitch hitless ball after relieving Lester. Burke Badenhop, Craig Breslow and Junichi Tazawa held the Twins in check before Edwin Mujica was called upon to close out the contest. Mujica fanned two batters in the ninth to secure Boston’s 33rd win of the season.
Koji Uehara was not available as he had worked in the three days prior. Additionally, Holt made his first career start in center.
The play of the game came in the third when Jonny Gomes lost sight of a routine fly ball. Holt alertly tracked it down and made a highlight-reel diving grab for the out.
The Sox will look to complete the three-game sweep of the Twins on Wednesday afternoon. John Lackey will be on the mound.
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