After a couple rocky starts following his stellar Red Sox starting debut, Rubby De La Rosa got back on the horse in a big way on Monday against the Minnesota Twins.
The 25-year-old threw seven scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with three walks and three strikeouts in the Red Sox’ 1-0 win over the Twins.
De La Rosa had a taxing first inning, issuing one-out walks to Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer, but got Josh Willingham to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to end the frame.
The Sox starter would allow just two more baserunners the rest of the way – a walk to Sam Fuld and a single by Danny Santana both came in the third inning – but De La Rosa cruised the rest of the way, recording five 1-2-3 innings from the second to the seventh innings.
He ended his outing by retiring the last 13 Twins he saw, still throwing 95 mph fastballs even after topping 100 pitches. De La Rosa was taken out after the seventh, having thrown 106 pitches, 62 of them for strikes.
Andrew Miller got the first out of the eighth, but a single, double, and walk issued by Burke Badenhop saw the Twins load the bases with two outs. Badenhop dug in and struck out Dozier to end the Minnesota threat.
Koji Uehara worked a perfect ninth for his 15th save of the year that evened up De La Rosa’s record at 2-2.
This was De La Rosa’s best start since his seven-inning four-hitter against the Rays on May 31. Monday’s start lowered his season ERA from 3.93 to 2.84. With Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront making starts in Pawtucket, John Farrell will have some tough decisions to make regarding the status of his rotation, and young arms De La Rosa and Brandon Workman have done well with the chance they’ve gotten.