BOSTON -- This time, it wasn't the starting pitching. It was the poor defense by the starting pitching.
John Lackey's costly throwing error in the sixth inning opened the way for four unearned runs, enough for the Minnesota Twins to overtake the Red Sox, 5-3.
The loss was the sixth in the last seven games for the Red Sox.
Lackey and the Red Sox led 2-1 in the sixth, when, with runners on first and second and one out, Lackey fielded a comebacker by Trevor Plouffe for what appeared to be an inning-ending double play.
But Lackey's throw to second baseman Dustin Pedroia was high and wide, sailing into center field. The lead runner scored on the play, and after a sacrifice fly from Ryan Doumit and a two-run homer by Oswaldo Arcia, the Twins had taken the lead.
The Sox had scored solo runs off Twins start Kevin Correia on a run-scoring single from Dustin Pedroia in the third and Stephen Drew's RBI single an inning later.
Boston pulled within a run in the sixth when Daniel Nava singled home Mike Napoli, but even with two on and one out in the eighth, the Sox could get no further.
AT A GLANCE
STAR OF THE GAME: Kevin Correa
Correa fell two outs shy of qualifying for a quality start, but he did limit the Red Sox to three runs in 5 1/3 innings of work, without walking a batter.
HONORABLE MENTION: Oswaldo Arcia
Arcia had a triple (and a run scored) to get the Twins on the scoreboard in the fifth, then clubbed a two-run homer into the Red Sox bullpen in the four-run sixth.
GOAT OF THE GAME: John Lackey
Lackey the pitcher was fine. Lackey the fielder wasn't. His throwing error in the sixth paved the way for four runs by the Twins, all of them unearned.
TURNING POINT: When Lackey gloved a comebacker from Trevor Plouffe, he seemingly was on his way to getting out of the inning. Instead, his errant throw into center changed the game.
BY THE NUMBERS: After committing just nine errors in their first 28 games, the Red Sox have committed 11 errors in the last seven games.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "I just didn't make a good throw. I didn't have a real good grip on it. Probably should have re-set and thrown it to first and took an out... Yeah, it was all on me.'' -- John Lackey