Twins lose 6-5 to Red Sox in 11 innings
- Associated Press
- May 7, 2013 - 12:36 AM
BOSTON - Vance Worley was in position for his first win since August. Minnesota's bullpen just couldn't preserve the lead.
Casey Fien yielded solo homers in the seventh and eighth innings, and Jared Burton gave up Stephen Drew's winning double with two out in the 11th that gave the Boston Red Sox a 6-5 victory over the Twins on Monday night.
Boston stopped a season-high, three-game slide while Worley remained winless since a 3-2 victory for Philadelphia at Washington on Aug. 1. The right-hander allowed nine hits and three runs in five-plus innings, and is 0-7 with a 6.87 ERA in his last 12 starts.
"Tough ballgame. Had a lead, they hit a couple of big home runs on us," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We come back and tie it up and it goes from there. We had opportunities, they had some opportunities and finally they get the big hit there. A tough ballgame for us. We used pretty much everything we had at them — trying not to use a couple of guys in the `pen."
Drew homered and had four hits. Dustin Pedroia hit a solo shot in the eighth for a 5-4 lead, but Joel Hanrahan gave up Brian Dozier's homer in the ninth and left one out later with right forearm tightness.
"Pedroia had a heck of an at-bat," Gardenhire said.
Drew entered with a .182 batting average. The big night raised his average to .225, putting him above .200 for the first time this season.
"It's more or less trying to get into a rhythm," he said. "I've been working on some things and tonight was just a good night for me."
Clayton Mortensen (1-2) earned the win with 2 1-3 innings of scoreless relief. Pedroia and Shane Victorino had three hits apiece, and David Ortiz doubled in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 26 games.
Burton (0-1) retired his first two batters in the 11th, then gave up a swinging bunt single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia when the pitcher's throw pulled first baseman Justin Morneau off the bag. Will Middlebrooks singled, and Drew hit a line drive to the base of the Green Monster in left-center.
"I knew I hit it good. You never know here sometimes," Drew said. "It was a good night. Everybody battles, Salty beats it out and Middlebrooks gets a hit. We're just trying to have fun."
The Twins got off to a fast start, building a 4-1 lead against Clay Buchholz. The Red Sox came back with single runs in five straight innings, including Pedroia's homer off a Green Monster light stanchion that broke an eighth-inning tie.
It was Pedroia's first homer since Sept. 11 — a span of 184 at-bats for the 2008 AL MVP.
One start after Toronto broadcaster Jack Morris accused him of throwing a spitball, Buchholz was rescued from his first loss of the season by the Boston comeback. There was no follow-up to the allegations, which Buchholz has denied, except that he had his worst outing this season.
"I didn't do anything differently," Buchholz said. "I gave up runs."
Buchholz, who had won his previous six starts this year, gave up back-to-back doubles off the Green Monster to Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham in the first inning. The right-hander allowed four runs and seven hits while striking out nine in six innings as his ERA rose from 1.01 to 1.60.
That gave Worley a chance to end his losing streak. But Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and scored in the fifth; Victorino, who homered in the fourth, singled and scored in the sixth; and Drew homered to right in the seventh to tie it at 4.
"The last few days or so it's almost like the end of spring training with his at-bats getting up," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "You can see his timing getting better and better."
NOTES: The Red Sox posted updates on the manual scoreboard on the Bruins' 5-2 NHL playoff win at Toronto. ... Buchholz has not allowed a homer to the Twins in his career, a total of 35 2-3 innings. ... The Twins have not made an error for nine straight games. ... The Red Sox placed reliever Andrew Bailey on the 15-day DL because of a strained right biceps and activated reliever Craig Breslow (shoulder tendinitis) from the DL.
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