On a night when Minnesota’s Kevin Correia turned in a solid outing on the mound, the Twins’ offense couldn’t back up his performance.
Minnesota’s bats went quiet Monday at Fenway Park, picking up just three hits — matching a season low — in a 1-0 loss to Boston to open a three-game series. It was the fourth time the Twins have been shut out this season, and this one is Minnesota’s third straight loss after dropping the final two games in Detroit over the weekend.
"Our ballclub did a nice job. We just didn’t score, they got one," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "No one ever likes those 1-0 losses, and you start looking at what you could have done different. They pitched very well."
The Twins managed just one hit against Boston starter Rubby De La Rosa through seven innings. That was a one-out single by Danny Santana, who had Minnesota’s first hit of the game one batter after Sam Fuld drew a walk and stole a base against De La Rosa.
But on Santana’s single, Fuld was caught in a rundown between third base and home plate after Santana rounded first base too much and started a rundown of his own. Fuld was ultimately tagged out near third base while Santana scampered to third with two outs. Brian Dozier grounded out one batter later to squander one of the few chances Minnesota had to score all night.
"I think we made one baserunning mistake, and you never know what might happen after that with Santana going too far around first base and getting caught," Gardenhire said. "We had maybe one or two more chances to maybe score a run. He made pitches when he had to, and their bullpen did a nice job."
De La Rosa pitched out of trouble in the first inning, too, walking a pair of batters with one out and allowing Dozier to steal a base. Yet that threat was quickly extinguished when Josh Willingham grounded into an inning-ending double play, getting De La Rosa off the hook and keeping the Twins scoreless.
Minnesota’s best chance to score came in the top of the eighth inning after De La Rosa gave way to Boston’s bullpen. Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki singled with one out, and Fuld doubled to advance Suzuki to third with two outs. Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop then hit Santana on an 0-2 pitch to load the bases as the Twins threatened to take a lead — or at least tie the game.
Once again, though, Minnesota couldn’t capitalize. Badenhop struck out Dozier to leave the bases loaded in the eighth, and the Twins were set down in order in the ninth to close out Boston’s 1-0 win.
Correia has pitched well during Minnesota’s current road trip and lowered his ERA from 6.11 to 5.29 over his last two starts. He tossed six scoreless innings in his previous outing in Toronto, and certainly kept his team in the game Monday at Fenway Park. The only run he allowed came on a sacrifice fly off the bat of former Twins catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who made it a 1-0 game in the bottom of the fifth.
Unlike last Tuesday when the Twins’ offense gave Correia four runs of support, he was left without a run on the board to back him up.
"We had opportunities," Gardenhire said. "They pitched out of a couple jams, and so did we. They unfortunately got one early."
FOX Sports North’s Jamie Hersch contributed to this report.