De La Rosa, Red Sox shut out Twins, 1-0

De La Rosa, Red Sox shut out Twins, 1-0
June 16, 2014, 10:00 pm
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BOSTON - No offense? No problem this time.

The Red Sox could manage just one run, but for the second time in the last week, that proved enough, thanks to strong pitching.

Rubby De La Rosa pitched seven shutout innings and three relievers took care of the final six outs, as the Red Sox blanked the Minnesota Twins, 1-0.

It was the second 1-0 win for the Sox in the last seven games. In typical fashion, they were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

De La Rosa struggled with his control in the first inning, walking the second and third batters he faced. But thereafter, De La Rosa retired 18 of the last 20 hitters he faced, including the 13 straight.

He allowed just one hit -- a out-out single in the third to Danny Santana, who was the last Twin to reach base off him.

The lone Red Sox run came in the fifth. Daniel Nava singled to left and took third when Stephen Drew singled to left and was then cut down trying to stretch the single into a double. With Nava at third, A.J. Pierzynski skied a ball to left, deep enough to score Nava from third on a sacrifice fly.

The Sox survived an anxious moment from their bullpen in the seventh.

After Andrew Miller fanned Oswaldo Arcia, Burke Badenhop allowed a single to Kurt Suzuki and a two-out double to longtime Red Sox nemesis Sam Fuld.

Badenhop then hit leadoff man Danny Santana, but got Brian Dozier swinging to preserve the one-run lead.

Koji Uehara handled the ninth with typical aplomb, notching his 15th save in as many opportunities.

 

STAR OF THE GAME: Rubby De La Rosa

De La Rosa continues to deal at Fenway, with his second home start of seven scoreless innings. De La Rosa walked three of the first nine hitters, but allowed just one in his seven frames and finished strong, retiring the final 13 hitters he faced.

HONORABLE MENTION: Stephen Drew

Drew collected two of the Red Sox' six hits and his second hit -- a single -- helped set up the first -- and only -- run of the night for the Sox. After beginning his season 1-for-14, Drew now has four hits in his last seven at-bats.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Brian Dozier

The Twins' second baseman has had a breakout season, but Monday night, he was 0-for-3. He came up in the third with runner on third and two out and struck out and in the eighth, he made the final out of the inning again, this time leaving the bases loaded.

TURNING POINT: A.J. Pierzynski did what he had to do in the fifth, lofting a fly ball to left field, scoring Daniel Nava from third with the only run of the game.

BY THE NUMBERS: Despite the win, the Red Sox' offensive struggles continue: for the sixth time in the last eight games, they were held to two runs or fewer.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "The adjustment tonight was really just to establish his fastball a little bit more, which he did and seemingly got better command the more he threw it.'' - John Farrell on De La Rosa.