Twins drop fifth straight, 5-1 to Red Sox
The Minnesota Twins have lost five straight and are a
season-worst four games under .500. Facing a nine-game road trip,
starting with a three-game interleague series against first-place
Atlanta on Monday, things could quickly get out of hand if they
don’t rediscover their offense.
”It’s tough to win a ballgame when you don’t have any clutch
hits,” Chris Parmelee said after the Twins lost to the Boston Red
Sox 5-1 on Sunday in a game interrupted by a three-hour rain delay
– the longest ever at Target Field.
Minnesota managed only a single hit against Red Sox starter John
Lackey (2-4). Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks homered for
Boston, which won its fifth straight.
Pedro Hernandez (2-1) gave up three runs on a season-high nine
hits – including Middlebrooks’s solo homer in the second – in 4 1-3
”We need innings and we didn’t get it,” Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire said. ”He managed to keep the score at a pace where at
least we had a chance, but it wasn’t a great performance by any
The home crowd, in fact, cheered more during the rain delay
while watching the 1993 baseball movie ”The Sandlot” on the
Target Field big screen. Afterward, the few hundred fans who stuck
out the delay cheered as loud as they could when Joe Mauer came to
the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth.
The cheers quickly turned to groans as Mauer struck out swinging
for the third time, ending his AL-leading 15-game hit streak. The
Twins finished their latest homestand 2-7.
”It’s been a tough one, it’s not the way we wanted it to go,”
Parmelee said. ”But you can’t take it back now, you just have to
Lackey (2-4) ended his three-game losing streak by giving up one
unearned run and striking out five before dark skies and heavy rain
sent fans running for cover as he was warming up to start the
”It’s tough,” Parmelee said ”You’re sitting down, you’re
trying to stay as loose as possible. You don’t really know when the
rain’s going to let up or when you’re going to be able to get back
The Twins were 18-17 after beating the Chicago White Sox 10-3
last Monday and were only a couple games out of first place. Since
then, they’ve been outscored 33-14.
Lackey was perfect through four innings before Trevor Plouffe
led off the fifth with a double. He eventually came around to score
– although the Red Sox helped out with that when Lackey hit Oswaldo
Arcia in the foot, and shortstop Pedro Ciriaco’s errant throw to
first allowed Plouffe to make it 3-1.
Josh Roenicke relieved Hernandez with one out and the bases
loaded in the fifth, and got Middlebrooks on a popup and Jarrod
Saltalamacchia on a grounder to get keep the Red Sox from doing any
NOTES: Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey threw 17 pitches in one
inning of a rehab appearance at Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday
night. Manager John Farrell said Bailey – on the DL since May 6
with a right bicep strain – is on track to be activated on Monday.
… Franklin Morales, on the DL since March 31 wish a low back
strain, started the game for Pawtucket and allowed five runs in
four innings. He’s expected to make at least one more rehab start.
… Boston SS Stephen Drew missed his second straight game with a
sore back. … Patrick Renna and Chauncey Leopardi, aka ”Ham” and
”Squints” from ”The Sandlot,” visited Gardenhire in his office
before the game. ”The players wondered what we did wrong to get
summoned to the manager’s office,” Renna said. … Jon Lester
(6-0, 2.72 ERA) starts on Monday as the Red Sox begin a three-game
series in Chicago against the White Sox. Dylan Axelrod (1-3, 4.27)
is scheduled to start for Chicago. … Kevin Correia (4-3, 3.35)
starts for Minnesota as the Twins kick off a nine-game road trip
against Atlanta on Monday. Julio Teheran (2-1, 4.57) starts for the