BOSTON (AP) — The Minnesota Twins had one chance against Boston’s Rubby De La Rosa, and they spoiled it with a baserunning blunder.
De La Rosa matched his first career Fenway Park start with another seven impressive innings and A.J. Pierzynski had a sacrifice fly, lifting the Red Sox to a 1-0 win over the Twins Monday night.
De La Rosa (2-2) gave up only a single in the third inning, outpitching Kevin Correia, as he combined with three relievers on a three-hitter. He walked three and fanned three.
Minnesota could have had first and third with one out against De La Rosa in the third. Instead, after his single, Danny Santana misread a throw home and the rally was thwarted.
“Danny just screwed up,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He thought the ball was high, that’s what he told us. He thought it was over his head. That happens in the game. Big play.”
San Fuld drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Santana then singled to center. Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli cut off the throw home, with Fuld holding at third, and caught Santana in a rundown. But, just he ran toward Santana, Napoli turned and fired home, catching Fuld in a rundown where he was eventually tagged out.
Minnesota had one more shot in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs, but Burke Badenhop struck out Brian Dozier, ending their last decent chance on a rare 1-0 night in Fenway in front of the Green Monster.
“That doesn’t normally happen. Normally it’s Wall ball and you never know what’s going to happen here,” Gardenhire said. “That’s kind of one of those games where you’re kind of wondering, how’s this going to break open – somebody’s going to throw up a five-spot somewhere because that Wall’s going to come into play, but it was good pitching tonight.”
The Twins have lost three straight.
After De La Rosa, Andrew Miller struck out the only batter he faced, Badenhop got two outs and Koji Uehara three outs to remain perfect in 15 save chances. He extended his streak to 31 straight saves over the past two regular seasons.
Correia (3-8) gave up five hits, walking one and striking out two in six innings.
“I think my stuff’s just gotten better the last few games,” Correia said. “I think that’s a product of struggling a little bit. You’ve got to learn to get sharper every time you go out there when you’re on a bad roll. In the long run, I think it’s going to help me, going through that bad streak.”
In his other Fenway start, on May 31, De La Rosa also pitched seven shutout innings, holding Tampa Bay to four hits. He had given up four runs over 5 2-3 innings in each of his last two starts – both on the road.
The 25-year old right-hander, acquired in Boston’s salary dump deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers in August of 2012, is taking injured starter Clay Buchholz’s spot in the rotation.
The Red Sox moved ahead 1-0 in the fifth on Pierzynski’s sacrifice fly after Daniel Nava singled and advanced on Stephen Drew’s single.
Boston’s Dustin Pedroia had a single and has reached safely in all 29 career starts against the Twins.
Correia pitched six shutout innings in his last start, earning the win at Toronto.
NOTES: Buchholz, on the 15-day DL with a hyperextended right knee, is scheduled to make his second rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. … Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks, on the DL and recovering from a fractured right index finger, and OF Shane Victorino, on the DL for the second time this season with a strained right hamstring, are both also on rehab assignments with Pawtucket. Manager John Farrell said before the game that he hopes to get Victorino back on the upcoming West Coast trip, which begins Thursday in Oakland. … Minnesota INF Eduardo Nunez missed his second straight with a sore hamstring. … Kendrys Morales went 0 for 4 after hitting safely in his first six games since signing with the Twins on June 8. … Badenhop has pitched 15 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings.