Red Sox top Twins in rainy Minnesota, 5-1

Red Sox top Twins in rainy Minnesota, 5-1
May 19, 2013, 8:30 pm
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MINNEAPOLIS – John Lackey was perfect through four innings before giving up a lead-off double to Trevor Plouffe in the fifth. And after a three-hour rain delay, the Red Sox beat the Twins, 5-1, Sunday afternoon, completing the three-game sweep at Target Field.
 
Mother Nature did what the Twins couldn’t – knock Lackey out of the game.  Lackey went six innings, giving up one unearned run on one hit with no walks and five strikeouts, improving to 2-4, lowering his ERA from 4.05 to 3.31, as he threw 84 pitches, 50 for strikes. But the game was halted because of weather in the middle of the seventh. After a delay of three hours, Lackey was done.
 
The Sox scored single runs in the second, third and fifth innings off Twins starter Pedro Hernandez.
 
With two outs in the second, Will Middlebrooks hit a solo homer to center field, giving the Sox a 1-0 lead. It was Middlebrooks eighth home run of the season.
 
In the third, with one out, Shane Victorino, hitting in the lead-off spot, walked and took third on Jonny Gomes single to center. Victorino scored when Dustin Pedroia grounded to third baseman Plouffe, whose throw to second sailed into center field.
 
With one out in the fifth, Pedroia, David Ortiz, and Mike Napoli connected for consecutive singles, with Pedroia scoring. After Daniel Nava singled for the Sox fourth straight hit of the inning, Hernandez was done with Josh Roenicke entering. The Sox missed an opportunity to add on to their total, leaving the bases loaded as Middlebrooks popped out and Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounded.
 
In the bottom of the inning, Plouffe broke up Lackey’s perfect game with a lead-off double, and Lackey hit Oswaldo Arcia, the next batter, with a pitch. After Wilkin Ramirez struck out, Chris Parmelee grounded to Pedroia, who threw to shortstop Pedro Ciriaco for an out. But, Ciriaco’s errant throw on the double play attempt at first allowed Plouffe to score the Twins first run.
 
But, that would be all the Twins would get. With threats of severe weather moving into the area, the game was halted in the middle of the seventh inning when heavy rain began.
 
Dustin Pedroia got his second home run of the season, a two-run shot in the ninth, scoring Jonny Gomes, who walked. The ball hit off the arm of Twins left fielder Josh Willingham before bouncing over the wall.
 
Hernandez took the loss, falling to 2-1 with a 5.85 ERA. He went 4 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk with two strikeouts and one home run.
 
Andrew Miller took the mound when the game resumed. He was followed by Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa. All three relievers pitched a scoreless inning.