MINNEAPOLIS -- With Felix Doubront, you're never really sure what you're going to get.
He can have a rough time of it one start and then look much better the next. There's not always a pattern or explanation for when he goes well or pitches poorly.
Fortunately for the Red Sox, they got the "good'' Doubront Wednesday night. The lefty allowed just one run while pitching into the seventh inning in the Red Sox' 9-4 win over the Minnesota Twins.
"I felt pretty good,'' said Doubront, who had the benefit of getting four runs of support in the first 2 1/2 innings.
Doubront allowed just one baserunner in the first two, then had to work out of some jams in the third and fourth. But after allowing the first three runners to reach against him in the third, leading to the Twins' first run, he got two big outs to strand two baserunners.
In the fourth, it worked the other way -- the Twins put the first two runners on, and Doubront retired the next three hitters to strand two.
"Limiting the damage those couple of innings was good,'' said Doubront. "It feels good dominating in those situations and limiting the damage. I was pretty confident in those situations and positive in throwing the ball and getting outs.. My breaking ball was good and my fastball was efficient. Everything felt good tonight.''
Another encouraging sign is that Doubront finished strong, retiring 10 of the final 12 hitters he faced.
"He started to get a little bit more of a rhythm,'' said John Farrell, "and he worked with a little bit better pace overall. He began to be a little bit more efficient in that third and fourth and carried it into the seventh inning.''
"Sometimes I go too quick, sometimes I go too slow,'' acknowledged Doubront. "I have to keep the same pace every pitch. It's something I'm working on every day.''
Doubront was also more pinpoint with his command.
"When he missed,'' said Farrell, "he missed outside the strike zone. He didn't miss over the plate. When he did misfire, it was in locations where it didn't hurt him. He started to use his secondary stuff the second time through the order a little bit more, keeping guys off balance. He got some early outs, quick-pitch outs. Just a solid outing tonight.''
The effort earned Doubront his second win of the season and first since the first week of the season.