Top 9th: Twins 5, Sox 2
It’s over here in 2:59. Sox go down in order in the ninth against Jon Rauch, including a pop out foul by David Ortiz.
Top 8th: Twins 5 Red Sox 2
Started out as a promising inning after Jeremy Hermida doubled and Scutaro singled, but it fizzled quickly. Pedroia knocked in Boston’s second run with a sac fly, but Victor Martinez knocked into a 4-6-3 double play. Scott Schoeneweis is on in the eighth.
Bottom 7th: Twins 5, Red Sox 1
Jason Kubel took Atchison downtown to lead off the inning. Atchison got the next three, but the Twins are rolling. Hard to tell if Twins will have same home-field advantage here as they did at Metrodome. But so far, not too bad.
Top 7th: Twins 4, Red Sox 1
Nice outing by former Sox Carl Pavano: six innings, four hits, one run, one walk, and four strikeouts. MIke Cameron sent one deep to left-center to end the seventh. Footnote: Crowd announced at 38,145, a sellout.
Bottom 6th: Twins 4, Red Sox 1
Lester lasted five innings, allowing nine hits, four runs, three walks, and struck out five. He threw 107 pitches, only 59 for strikes. Scott Atchison is on in the seventh. Span is already on second base with a single and stolen base.
bottom 4th: Twins 4, Red Sox 1
Lester has thrown 93 pitches through four innings, The Twins got a another run when Span stole second and scored on Joe Mauer’s infield single to shortstop. The Sox continue to not be able to throw anyone out on the base paths. Footnote: Whitman-Hanson Regional High School is well-represented here. Dawn Mitchell, a Fox Sports Minneapolis anchor; Dana Levangie, a Red Sox advance scout, and yours truly are alumni.
top 4th: Twins 3, Red Sox 1
Stop the presses. Ortiz has struck. The big guy just smashed a double to left-center that twisted and turned Delmon Young in the wrong direction as he approached the wall between the Budweiser sign and the 377 mark. The ball bounced off his glove, but Ortiz was credited with a double, scoring Kevin Youkilis, who had also doubled off Carl Pavano. FOOTNOTE:::Just ran into Brad Horn of the Hall of Fame. He has already retrieved the ball Marco Scutaro’s hit for a single, the first hit at Target Field, and it’s already on it’s way back to Cooperstown.
Bottom 2nd: Twins 3, Red Sox 0
Looks like the young, maturing Jon Lester. Remember the one that used to get his pitch count up rapidly? That’s the guy we’re seeing today. He’s thrown 58 pitches the first two innings. The Twins scored a third run in the second when Mauer laced a double down the left-field line. I think we’ll be seeing this play a lot at this ballpark. That scored Nick Punto with the third run. Punto led off with a single off Beltre, whose range actually cost him on this one. Punto stole second and went to third on a sacrifice.
top 2nd: Twins 2, Red Sox 0
Poor David Ortiz. He took a called third strike to lead off the second inning. That’s five in a row. Amalie Benjamin calculates nine K’s in his last 11 ABs.
bottom 1st: Twins 2, Red Sox 0
Jon Lester really struggled with his command in the first. In the Twins’ eight-batter inning, Lester walked two, including leadoff man Denard Span. Lester also allowed a single to No. 2 hitter Orlando Hudson, but then got Joe Mauer on a liner to left and Justin Morneau on a pop to first. Almost out of the woods, Lester broke Michael Cuddyer’s bat but it was a single to left nonetheless, scoring a run. After Jason Kubel single to score the second run, Delmon Young walked but Lester retired JJ Hardy for the final out to limit the damage.
top 1st: Red Sox 0, Twins 0:
Sox leadoff hitter Marco Scutaro stroked the first hit in Target Field history – a single to center off Carl Pavano on a 65-degree, partly-sunny day on this historic day. Unfortunately, Scutaro got caught red-handed by Pavano when he broke too soon for second and was throw out. The sizzling-hot Dustin Pedroia (.360) doubled to the left-field corner, but was stranded by Victor Martinez, who flew out to center field, and Kevin Youkilis, who grounded out to end the first half-inning ever at Target Field.