BOSTON – With their 2-1 win over the Twins at Fenway Park Tuesday night, the Red Sox improved to 33-38 overall, and 19-19 at Fenway. They are 3-21 when scoring three or fewer runs, 10-16 in one run games, and 25-9 when scoring first.
The Sox have been involved in four consecutive one-run games, winning the last two. They last time they played four straight games decided by one run was July 30 – Aug. 2, 2010, when they also split the four.
The Sox are now 3-2 against the Twins this season, with the finale of their season series Wednesday afternoon, assuring at least a split of the season series for the eighth straight season. Overall, they are 31-20 in that time beginning in 2007.
• The Sox have scored two or fewer runs in four straight games.
• Jon Lester improved to 8-7, lowering his ERA from 3.33 to 3.20. He went 6 1/3innigns, giving up one run on four hits and walk with six strikeouts. It was his 12th start with at least six strikeouts this season. He now has 10 quality starts in 15 outings this season.
Lester’s sixth and final strikeout of the night – Eduardo Escobar for the second out in the fifth - gave him sole possession of fourth place on the Sox’ all-time list with 1,342, passing Cy Young, who recorded 1,341.
He struck out the side in the second inning, on 14 pitchers. Oswaldo Arcia, his first strikeout of the game, leading off the second, was his 100th strikeout of the season. It is Lester’s first time reaching 100 strikeouts before July since 2011.
• Brock Holt went 2-for-4 and has reached base in 24 of 26 starts this season as a leadoff hitter, batting .345, going 40-for-116. He has recorded multiple hits in nine of his last 17 games, batting .378, going 28-for-74.
Holt entered the game with 41 hits since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on May 17, third-most in the majors in that span. He raised that total to 43 with two hits in the game. Holt scored both runs for the Sox and has scored 18 runs this season in 26 games out of the leadoff spot.
He made his first professional start in center field tonight. Holt is the only player in the majors this season to make a start at third base, first base, left field, center, and right.
• Dustin Pedroia hit his team-leading 22nd double, driving in Holt in the first. He has now reached base safely in each of his last 30 starts against the Twins since the beginning of 2010, batting .328, going 40-for-122. It is the longest active on-base streak as a starter against the Twins and the longest ever by a Red Sox batter against the Twins.
• Burke Badenhop worked 0.1 scoreless innings, extending his career-best scoreless innings streak to 16.0. He has gone 30.1 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run beginning with his second inning of work on April 18, allowing one unearned run in that stretch, the third-longest relief streak without an earned in Sox history, behind Koji Uehara (33.2 in 2013) and Dick Radatz (33.0 in 1963).
• Edward Mujica earned his second save of the season in his third chance, with a perfect ninth inning, including two strikeouts. He has posted a 2.79 ERA (3 ER/9.2 IP) over his last 10 outings beginning on 5/24. It was his first save since April 11 at Yankee Stadium.