Sloppy defense leads to Twins’ loss to Red Sox

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes throws against the Boston Red Sox at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Phil Hughes couldn’t overcome some sloppy defense to allow two unearned runs in the third inning of the Minnesota Twins’ 4-3 loss Thursday to the Boston Red Sox.

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe failed to glove Xander Bogaerts’ leadoff grounder in a 37-pitch third Hughes. Bogaerts scored one out later when first baseman Joe Mauer dropped a pickoff throw.

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Shane Victorino, appearing in just his second game of the spring due to nagging injuries, drove in the other unearned run that inning with a line single to center.

Victorino also had a bunt single and scored the go-ahead run in the fifth, when shortstop Danny Santana’s fielding error led to a two-out rally.