Top 9th: Red Sox 6, Twins 2
Game over. Dustin Pedroia had Adrian Beltre’s throw skim off the top of his glove in what would have been a double-play, but it led to a run off Lester, who pitched a complete game, his first of the season to improve to 4-2. Lester threw 102 pitches before 38,144 at Fenway in 2:32.
Top 8th: Red Sox 6, Twins 1
The Twins finally got one off Lester who surrendered a leadoff double to Michael Cuddyer, who scored on Delmon Young’s sac fly after being advanced to third on kubel’s grounder to second. Lester threw 24 of 27 first pitch strikes through eight innings and struck out Nick Punto with a 95 mph fastball on his 84th pitch.
Top 7th: Red Sox 6, Twins 0
Scary good. Lester struck out the side in the 7th. Unhittable. Sveen strikeouts through seven innings and you wonder if Lester has enough to go the distance in this one.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 6, Twins 0
Et tu, Mauer? Mr. All-World committed a passed ball in the sixth allowing Adrian Beltre to score from third base. Beltre had doubled and moved to third on Drew’s ground out. The pitch from Manship was low and outside and Mauer tried to backhand it.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Twins 0
Youk has doubled in Victor Martinez (double) with the fifth Sox run and run Liriano out of the game. It’s the first time this season Liriano has not reached the sixth inning. Righthanded reliever Jeff Manship entered the game with two outs in the fifth and got out of the inning when Lowell popped out to third..
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 4, Twins 0
Sox got a runner (Beltre) as far as second with no outs, but couldn’t get him in as Liriano fanned Drew and Hall and got Sanchez to ground out.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 4, Twins 0
Kevin Youkilis loves hitting against lefties. He didn’t hold back against Liriano with a three-run homer, his 8th of the season to open up a four-run Sox lead. Dustin Pedroia had drawn a walk and Victor Martinez doubled into the left field corner before Youkilis struck on the first pitch.
Top 3rd: Red sox 1, Twins 0
The Sanchez Era begins. Angel Sanchez, called up from Pawtucket for one start (we think) just started a nice 6-4-3 DP where he ranged into the hole for Nick Punto’s grounder. Lester allowed his first hit – a Brendan Harris single after retiring the first seven batters he faced.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Twins 0
Adrian Beltre has stuck to his hitting style of going the other way. It paid off with a solo homer with one out on a 2-2 pitch from Liriano. Beltre, who came into the game with two homers and 21 RBI, has been trying to find his power stroke. He has stayed true to the philosophy the Sox hope he sticks with and that’s to hit the ball to the opposite field, just as he did when he hit 48 home runs and knocked in 121 runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004, even with the Monster staring at him from left field. Beltre was only hitting lefties at a .227 clip (10-44) entering the game, but hitting .343 vs. righthanders.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Twins 0
Lester looks tremendous. He got Justin Morneau with a nice cutter out of the strike zone, then struck out Michael Cuddyer and got Jason Kubel to bounce back to the pitcher.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Twins 0
Welcome everyone. Great night here at Fenway. Jon Lester mowed down the Twins in the first, Sox are up now. This is a good test for the Sox against Liriano, who has been one of the toughest lefties in baseball this season. The Sox have loaded up their lineup with righthanded hitters. Lefthanded hitters are hitting .154 against him. Mike Lowell, who is subbing for David Ortiz in the DH spot is 3-for-5 with an RBI career vs. Liriano while Ortiz is 1-for-3. Victor Martinez also hits him at a .600 clip righthanded. The Sox had a leadoff walk by Darnell McDonald who stole second base with two outs. Kevin Youkilis, who leads the majors with a .448 average vs. lefties, struck out to end the inning