Game over: Twins 5, Red Sox 0: The Red Sox suffered their second loss in a row, wasting an eight-inning effort by Jon Lester, who allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out seven before a crowd of 37,191.
The Sox dropped to 53-53.
Lester (5-9) suffered the loss while Minnesota starter Samuel Deduno (3-0) picked up the victory after throwing six shutout innings of two-hit ball at the Sox.
Top of 9th: Twins 5, Red Sox 0: With Aceves on the mound, the Twins tacked on a pair of insurance runs with two outs when Brian Dozier crushed a 2-and-0 fastball for a two-run homer, launching it into the Green Monster seats where it caromed off Sports Authority sign in left. Aceves got out of the inning, mercifully, when he induced Drew Butera to fly to center, leaving the Sox down to their last three outs to score five or more runs.
Bottom of 8th: Twins 3, Red Sox 0: Glen Perkins entered the eighth in relief of Casey Fien (1 IP, 1 K) , and proceeded to keep the Sox at bay with a 1-2-3 inning. Alfredo Aceves will enter the game in the ninth for the Sox in relief of Lester (8 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 7 K, 105 pitches, 69 strikes).
Top of 8th: Twins 3, Red Sox 0: Lester looked strong in the eighth, making a stab of Span’s comebacker to the mound, getting Ben Revere to ground to first and striking out Josh Willingham to record his seventh punchout of the game. He has now thrown 105 pitches (69 for strikes) and has done everything humanly possible to help the Sox win — except, that is, score some runs.
Bottom of 7th: Twins 3, Red Sox 0: Fien put the clamps on the Sox, retiring the side in order, sandwiching a pair of fly ball outs to center around a strikeout (looking) of Ryan Kalish.
Top of 7th: Twins 3, Red Sox 0: 1-2-3 inning for Lester. He’s kept the Sox in it, but they have squandered several opportunities to score runs for him. Casey Fien will be the new pitcher for the Twins. Deduno’s line: 6 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 1 K, 101 pitches (50 strikes).
Bottom of 6th: Twins 3, Red Sox 0: The Sox appeared to have Deduno teetering when they put two runners aboard with two outs. Adrian Gonzalez, who broke up Deduno’s no-hit bid with a double to left in the fourth, reached on a single to center. Ross drew a walk to put runners in scoring position, but the Sox failed to capitalize when Lavarnway flew to left to end the inning.
Top of 6th: Twins 3, Red Sox 0: The Twins tacked on another run after Lester gave up a pair of back-to-back doubles with two outs. After Justin Morneau doubled to left, Ryan Doumit followed with an RBI double to right that scored Morneau to make it 3-0.
Bottom of 4th: Twins 2, Red Sox 0: Sox squandered another scoring opportunity when they put two men aboard against Deduno. Adrian Gonzalez hit a one-out double to left, then after Cody Ross popped to third, Ryan Lavarnway drew a walk, putting two aboard for Will Middlebrooks, who stranded the runners when he flew to center to end the inning.
Top of 4th: Twins 2, Red Sox 0: Lester continued to keep the Sox in it, retiring the Twins in order.
Bottom of 3d: Twins 2, Red Sox 0: Deduno did not allow the Sox to muster any kind of a response with another 1-2-3 inning, retiring the last seven batters he’s faced in a row.
Top of 3d: Twins 2, Red Sox 0: After he retired the first six batters he faced, Lester had his no-hit bid broken up by Brian Dozier’s lead-off single up the middle. After Lester got the next two batters out, Denard Span ripped an RBI double to right scoring, Dozier. Span scored on Ben Revere’s bloop single over shortstop Pedro Ciriaco to give the Twins a 2-0 lead.
Bottom of 2d: Twins 0, Red Sox 0: The game seemed to shape up into a pitcher’s duel when Deduno responded in kind with a 1-2-3 inning as well, getting three ground ball outs that retired Ryan Lavarnway, Will Middlebrooks and Ryan Kalish in order.
Top of 2d: Twins 0, Red Sox 0: Lester stacked up another 1-2-3 inning on top of his first, striking out Ryan Doumit on a 76 curveball for the second out of the inning. Lester has now thrown 22 pitches (15 for strikes).
Bottom of 1st: Twins 0, Red Sox 0: The Sox stranded a pair of base runners in the bottom of the frame when Twins starter Samuel Deduno issued back-to-back walks to Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez before inducing DH Cody Ross to loft an inning-ending pop fly to short.
Top of 1st: Twins 0, Red Sox 0: Strong start for Jon Lester, who retired the side in 1-2-3 order, striking out the first two batters he faced. Both were looking at cutters. Lester threw 12 pitches in an efficient first inning.
Pregame Welcome to a hot and steamy Fenway Park where the Red Sox (53-52) will host the Minnesota Twins (44-60) in the first game of a four-game series. The Sox will send LHP Jon Lester (5-8, 5.49 ERA) to the mound to oppose RHP Samuel Deduno (2-0, 3.13).
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