Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Stephen Drew capped a 4-for-5 night with an RBI
double with two out in the bottom of the 11th inning, giving the Boston Red
Sox a hard-earned 6-5 decision over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a
four-game series from Fenway Park.
Drew added a solo homer and finished with three RBI to help the Red Sox bounce
back from three straight weekend losses at Texas in their return home. Dustin
Pedroia and Shane Victorino each went 3-for-5 while contributing solo shots as
well to the victory.
David Ortiz recorded an eighth-inning double to extend his hitting streak to
26 games dating back to last season.
Clayton Mortensen (1-2) registered the win after tossed 2 1/3 innings in
relief of Joel Hanrahan, who blew a 5-4 lead by allowing a solo homer to Brian
Dozier in the top of the ninth.
Dozier, Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham all collected two hits for the Twins,
with Mauer scoring a pair of runs and Justin Morneau knocking in two in the
Boston's Clay Buchholz, who posted a spectacular 1.01 ERA in winning each of
his first six starts of 2013, was reached for four runs over a season-low six
innings. Counterpart Vance Worley permitted three runs on nine hits through
five-plus frames for Minnesota.
Jared Burton (0-1) began the bottom of the 11th for the Twins and set down the
first two Boston batters. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Will Middlebrooks then
laced back-to-back singles to set the stage for Drew, whose long fly landed at
the base of the Green Monster to easily bring home Saltalamacchia.
Pedroia put the Red Sox in position to prevail in regulation by ending a 10-
pitch battle against Casey Fien with a deep fly that cleared the Monster and
gave Boston a 5-4 lead after eight innings. Dozier forced extras, however,
by punishing a Hanrahan fastball over the towering wall with one out in the
top of the ninth.
Hanrahan, pressed into service with regular closer Andrew Bailey landing on
the disabled list with a strained right biceps, faced just two more batters
before being removed with an arm injury of his own.
Buchholz hadn't permitted more than two runs in any of his initial six
starts, but had that number matched during a laborious opening inning in which
he threw 36 pitches. Consecutive one-out doubles off the Monster from Mauer
and Willingham quickly put Minnesota out in front, and Morneau followed with a
line-drive single deflected by Buchholz's glove to extend the lead to 2-0.
The Twins wound up loading the bases with one out during the frame, but
Buchholz recovered to fan Oswaldo Arcia and Aaron Hicks in succession.
Another set of doubles lengthened Minnesota's margin, with Arcia and Hicks
both delivering two-baggers into the right-field corner in the fourth for a
Victorino's first homer in a Red Sox uniform, a shot off Pesky's Pole to begin
the bottom of the fourth, got Boston on the board, though the Twins restored a
three-run advantage when Mauer socked a ground-rule double to begin the fifth
and came home on Morneau's sacrifice fly two batters later.
The Red Sox put up single runs in each of the next four innings, however, to
Drew's clutch two-out single in the fifth brought in Daniel Nava after the
latter reached with a leadoff double to left, and back-to-back singles by
Victorino and Pedroia to start the bottom of the sixth ended Worley's night.
Brian Duensing came on to get Ortiz to bounce into a double play, but
surrendered a base hit to Mike Napoli that scored Victorino and moved Boston
Drew, who was thrown out at home while trying to cross on a Jacoby Ellsbury
double in the fifth, made up for the failure on the basepaths in his next at-
bat. The shortstop took Fien over the wall with one out in the bottom of the
seventh to knot the game at 4-4.
Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 29) prior
to the game, with lefty reliever Craig Breslow (shoulder) activated from the
DL in a corresponding move ... Ortiz's streak is the longest by a Red Sox
player since Manny Ramirez hit safely in 27 straight from July 15-Aug. 12,
2006 ... The win was the Red Sox' first in eight games when trailing after six
innings this season ... Minnesota has now gone nine straight outings without
committing an error.
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