Game over: Twins 6, Red Sox 1: The Red Sox, who hadn’t had a base runner since the third inning, finally scored in the ninth on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s solo homer on a 2-0 count off Josh Roenicke, who also walked two in the inning. The game was played in 3:01 before 30,549.
Ryan Dempster (2-3) took the loss while Scott Diamond pitched seven excellent shutout innings to improve to 3-2.
Top 9th: Twins 6, Red Sox 0 – Alex Wilson allowed a walk, but kept the score status quo leading into the bottom of the 9th.
Bottom 8th: Twins 6, Red Sox 0 – The Red Sox were rid of Scott Diamond (7IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K) after seven, but reliever Josh Roenicke also retired the side in order.
Top 8th: Twins 6, Red Sox 0 – Ciriaco committed two consecutive errors in relief of Middlebrooks, who was injured while diving for a foul ball in the fifth. That spelled the end for Dempster who was replaced by Craig Breslow. Mauer greeted Breslow with a double to the opposite field (left) scoring the third Twins run. Morneau ran the count to 3-1 with the bases full before delivering a single passed a diving Dustin Pedroia with the infield in. Breslow was also scorched for a single by Trevor Plouffe scoring the fifth Twins run.
Still with nobody out, Breslow was replaced by Alex Wilson. On Ryan Doumit’s grounder to first, Napoli got the lead run at the plate, but Saltalamacchia’s throw back to first in a an attempt to convert a double-play hit the runner scoring the sixth Twins run. John Farrell argued the call (runner out of the baseline) and actually came out a second time, to no avail as home plate umpire Jeff Nelson held his ground. Farrell was not ejected.
Bottom 7th: Twins 2, Red Sox 0 – Pedroia, Ortiz and Napoli go down against Diamond.
Top 7th: Twins 2, Red Sox 0 – Umpires reviewed Ryan Doumit’s solo homer against Ryan Dempster, which was caught by a fan in the Monster seats. Umpires stayed with the home run call.
Bottom 6th: Twins 1, Red Sox 0 – Red Sox just aren’t getting good swings at Scott Diamond as he retired the side in the sixth.
Top 6th: Twins 1, Red Sox 0 – Dempster retired Mauer, Willingham and struck out Morneau.
Bottom 5th: Twins 1, Red Sox 0 – Right now there’s no solving Scott Diamond who has allowed three hits and has Red Sox hitters all tied up.
Top 5th: Twins 1, Red Sox 0 – Interesting inning. The Twins took the lead when Ryan Doumit doubled after Shane Victorino misfired on an attempted diving catch in right. He was balked to third by Dempster. Then came the Chris Parmalee play on which he fouled off a ball near the railing beyond thid base. Will Middlebrooks and David Ross converged and both dove for the ball near the railing. Middlebrooks came up with it as his body crashed against the railing. Ross crashed into Middlebrooks and eventually had to come out of the game, suffering what appeared to be a leg injury. He was replaced by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. dempster got out of the inning without further harm.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 0, Twins 0 – Pedroia, Napoli and Ortiz go down.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Twins 0 – Demspter wiggled out of quite a jam. Mauer singled and Wilingham walked, but Morneau knocked into a 1-6-3 double-play before Trevor Plouffe ended the threat with a ground out.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Twins 0 – Stephen Drew continued his hot ways with a single to right field, but Diamond retired the next three batters as the Red Sox can’t see to muster much vs. Diamond.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Twins 0 – Dempster throws another efficient inning, with a pair of ground ball outs to second base and a strike out (against Brian Dozier).
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Twins 0 – David Ortiz extended his hitting streak to 27 games with a single to left field, but the Red Sox could not do much else against Twins starter Scott Diamond, who retired the next three batters.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Twins 0 – Dempster allowed a leadoff single to Justin Morneau, but then buckled down to retire Trevor Plouffe (fly to right), Ryan Doumit (fly to left) and Chris Parmalee (strikeout).
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Twins 0 – Jacoby ellsbury reached on an infield single to the shortstop hole, but Dustin Pedroia hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Twins 0 – Strong start for Ryan Dempster, who briefly warmed up in the Red Sox bullpen in Monday night’s 11-inning win. Dempster struck out two in a 1-2-3 inning.