Game over: Red Sox 5, Twins 1: - Junichi Tazawa put a couple of runners on base but managed to protect the lead as the Red Sox won their fifth straight game and swept the Twins. John Lackey improved to 2-4 with six one-hit innings. The game was played in 3:15 with a 3-hour rain delay before 33,042 (but about 300 of the Twins' intimate friends) at the end.
Top 9th: Red Sox 5, Twins 1 - Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run homer off Josh Willingham's forearm (the ball bounced over the fence) with Jonny Gomes (walk) aboard. David Ortiz followed with a single.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 3, Twins 1 - Twins loaded them up vs. Koji Uehara but he struck out Joe Mauer swinging to get out of the inning.
Top 8th: Red Sox 3, Twins 1 - The Red Sox offense had to dust off the cobwebs of a long rain delay. After Nava and Middlebrooks whiffed, Salty drew a walk before Pedro Ciriaco flew out to right.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 3, Twins 1 - After a 3-hour rain delay, play resumed. Andrew Miller replaced John Lackey, who went six innings, allowed one hit, no runs, no walks and five strikeouts. Miller retired Justin Morneau (grounder to first), Trevor Plouffe (K) and Oswaldo Arcia (grounder to third).
UPDATE When we resume (and yes 6:25 central has come and gone), Andrew Miller will be the new Red Sox pitcher. He's warming up right now. The Sox have taken the field here in the bottom of the 7th.
UPDATE: Anticipate a 6:25 (central) restart. Tarp is off. Field is being worked on.
RAIN DELAY The delay began at 3:30 p.m. and it's really coming down. It's very dark and gusty winds. The latest forecast says that the rain may move through at about 5:30 central time and play could resume as early as 6, but don't hold us to that. There seems to be clearing after that. The Twins are trailing 3-1.
To review. John Lackey pitched six very strong innings and was on the mound to start the seventh, but presumably the Red Sox will now go to their bullpen to finish it off, if and when play resumes.
The Red Sox are scheduled to fly to Chicago tonight for the start of a three-game series with the White Sox.
We'll have more soon.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 3, Twins 1 - Shortly after God Bless America was sung, heavy rain halted play at 3:30 p.m. central time. John Lackey had not thrown a pitch.
Top 7th: Red Sox 3, Twins 1 - With thunder in the distance, the Red Sox made some quick outs.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 3, Twins 1 - Lackey gets through the inning, strikes out Joe Mauer to end the inning. Very dark here. Looks like a downpour at any time.
Top 6th: Red Sox 3, Twins 1 - Looks rain is heading our way. But for now its cloudy and the Red Sox went down in order, holding on to their two-run lead.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 3, Twins 1 - Trevour Plouffe provided Minnesota's first hit,a double. Arcia was then hit with a pitch and the Twins' first run scored when Pedro Ciriaco threw wide of first base while trying to complete a double play. He was charged with an error.
Top 5th: Red Sox 3, Twins 0 - Pedroia, Ortiz and Napoli all hit singles to produce a run. Daniel Nava also singled in a run.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Twins 0 - Twins are making contact, but none of them have resulted in a basehit vs. Lackey over the first 12 batters.
Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Twins 0 - Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each singled with one out, but the Sox were unable to add to their lead.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Twins 0 - Lackey has retired all nine batters he's faced.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 2, Twins 0- Sox added to their lead when leadoff man Shane Victorino walked and asvanced to third on Jonny Gomes' single to left. The run scored when Dustin Pedroia's grounder to third was thrown wide of second by third baseman Trevor Plouffe.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Twins 0 - Lackey continues his strong start mowing down the Twins in the second. Lackey lasted only 4-1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and five runs in is last start vs. Tampa Bay in a 5-3 loss. Lackey is 1-4 with a 4.05 ERA.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, Twins 0 - Will Middlebrooks hit No. 8 off Pedro Hernandez to rightcenter. Sox take the early lead.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Twins 0 - When you can retire Joe Mauer on a strikeout and Justin Morneau on a weak ground ball, you're doing something right. John Lackey has started out strong.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Twins 0 - Today is an exercise at trying to beat the rain. It's 80 degrees and partly cloudy right now. Leadoff hitter Shane Victorino started the game with a hard single to right, he stole second base, but he was stranded there when David Ortiz tapped back to the pitcher.