Final: Red Sox 9, Twins 5
The Red Sox erupted for 9 runs on 14 hits after starter Daisuke Matsuzaka spotted the Twins a 3-0 lead in the first to score a 9-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins in this Mother’s Day matinee at Fenway Park before a crowd of 37,526.
Matsuzaka, despite giving up a solo homer run to Danny Valencia in the fourth, picked up the win to improve to 3-3 on the season.
Adrian Gonzalez celebrated his 29th birthday today going 3 for 5 with a solo home run, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored. Kevin Youkillis got on base four times and scored all four times, going 2 for 4. Jacoby Ellsbury ran his hitting streak to 16 consecutive games after going 3 for 5.
Top of ninth: Red Sox 9, Twins 5
Daniel Bard has relieved Matt Albers and Jose Iglesias, called up today from Triple A Pawtucket after Marco Scutaro (left oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, entered the game for Jed Lowrie at shortstop. It was Iglesias’ Major League debut.
Middle of eighth: Red Sox 9, Twins 5
Trevor Plouffe hit a lead-off double to left off Albers, then scored when Jason Kubel singled to left, pulling the Twins within 9-5. It was the first run Albers had allowed after throwing 8.2 scoreless innings in six relief outings. Joe Nathan has relieved Mijares in the bottom of the eighth.
Bottom of seventh: Red Sox 9, Twins 4
Jose Mijares has relieved Alex Burnett (1 inning, 1 hit, 1 strikeout). Mijares has allowed the first two runners to reach, giving up a Wall-ball single to Gonzalez (3-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 home run, 1 run scored) and a deep drive to left by Youkilis that was misplayed by Twins left fielder Ben Revere. It was Minnesota’s third error of the game and all three times Youkilis has been the beneficiary. With two out, Jed Lowrie belted a 2-RBI double off the wall in left to score Gonzalez and Youkilis to make it 9-4.
Middle of sixth: Red Sox 7, Twins 4
Matt Albers has relieved Matsuzaka (6 innings, 4 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts). He threw 102 pitches, 62 for strikes. Solid finishing kick by Dice-K after a shaky start.
Bottom of fifth: Red Sox 7, Twins 4
Alex Burnett is now in the game for the Twins in relief of Pavano (5 innings, 7 runs, 10 hits, 1 walk, 1 home run). After throwing his 102d pitch to induce Ben Revere to hit an inning-ending fly to left-center, we may have seen the last of Matsuzaka for the day. Matt Albers is now warming up and Rich Hill has already warmed up.
Middle of fifth: Red Sox 7, Twins 4
Showing his opposite-field power, Adrian Gonzalez continued the onslaught on Pavano, taking him deep to left for a solo homer off the light stanchion in the Green Monster seats, giving him four on the season. It’s the second time in a row Gonzalez has had a homer visit that part of Fenway Park. Youkilis shot a single to left to reach base for the third time in the game. He went to second on David Ortiz’s single to right, took third on J.D. Drew’s fielder’s choice that wiped out Oritz at second and then scored when Alexi Casilla’s throw to first sailed past the bag. Youkilis has now scored three times and twice has been the beneficiary of Twins’ errors.
Bottom of fourth: Red Sox 5, Twins 4
Ellsbury gets gunned down for the third out trying to stretch a single into a double. It’s always a doable thing for Ellsbury, who has 10 doubles on the season (second only to Adrian Gonzalez’s 12). Ellsbury slid hard into second, causing Twins shortstop Terry Plouffe to injure his right leg on the play. Ellsbury was uninjured, but a potential rally was extinguished unnecessarily.
Middle of fourth: Red Sox 5, Twins 4
Evidently, Matsuzaka can’t stand a little prosperity. After the Sox rallied for four runs on five hits in the bottom of the third to give their starter a 5-3 lead, Matsuzaka gave one up to the Twins when he surrendered a lead-off solo homer to Danny Valencia that bounced off the foul pole in left. Sox manager Terry Francona came out to discuss the play with third base umpire Paul Schreiber (there would’ve been no discussing it with Angel Hernandez, who ejected Francona from Friday night’s game). After the home run was upheld following a video review, Matsuzaka retired the next three batters in order.
Bottom of third: Red Sox 5, Twins 3
The Sox rallied for 4 runs on 5 hits off Carl Pavano, who seemed to become unraveled when he gave up a lead-off triple to Carl Crawford. It was Crawford’s first triple of the season. After Crawford scored on Jason Varitek’s grounder to first, the Sox opened the floodgates when Adrian Gonzalez, celebrating his 29th birthday today, singled to center scoring Jacoby Ellsbury with the tying run. Kevin Youkilis beat out a throw to first on his fielder’s choice, enabling Dustin Pedroia, who reached on a walk, to score the go-ahead run. J.D. Drew then drove in Youkilis, who went to third on a throwing error by catcher Drew Butera, with his RBI single to make it 5-4.
Bottom of first: Twins 3, Red Sox 1
Sox get one back in the bottom of the first when Kevin Youkillis, who reached on a stand-up double to left, scores on J.D. Drew’s run-producing ground ball to second.
Top of first: Twins 3, Red Sox 0
Rough start for Dice-K. Matsuzaka gave up three runs on three hits, throwing 34 pitches. He put aboard the first two men he faced, Denard Span (single to left) and Trevor Plouffe (walk), and after striking out Justin Morneau, gave up an RBI single to Jason Kubel that scored Span. Danny Valencia then hit a 2-RBI single to center with two out, scoring Plouffe and Kubel. Wonder how long Matsuzaka’s right elbow will hold up if he has any more innings like that.
Welcome to Fenway Park for today’s Mother’s Day afternoon matinee between the visiting Twins and the Red Sox. It’s cool and a bit misty here. Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3, 4.33 ERA), who last pitched out of the bullpen in his first career relief appearance in the 13th inning of Wednesday night’s/Thursday morning’s marathon against the Angels, will return to the mound in a starting capacity. He will be opposed by Carl Pavano (2-3, 5.84).
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