American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Boston|
(Thursday, August 2nd)
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Boston 0
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Samuel Deduno and two other pitchers combined
on a two-hit shutout as the Minnesota Twins took a 5-0 win over the Boston Red
Sox in the opener of a four-game set.
Deduno (3-0) won his third straight start as he gave up the two hits along
with four walks and a strikeout over six innings for the Twins, who snapped a
two-game slide and have won five of their past seven.
Brian Dozier hit a two-run home run, while Denard Span, Ben Revere and Ryan
Doumit all drove in a run in the win.
Adrian Gonzalez had both of the hits for the Red Sox, who have dropped two
straight after winning four in a row.
Jon Lester (5-9) pitched eight strong innings, but still dropped his fourth
straight decision. He gave up three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts.
"It was just another one of those hard-luck outings for Jon," said Boston
manager Bobby Valentine. "He pitched eight great innings and gave us a chance,
we just couldn't put anything together."
Boston got consecutive two-out walks from Dustin Pedroia and Gonzalez in the
first, but Cody Ross popped out to end the frame.
Minnesota went on top in the third. Dozier led off the frame with a single and
later moved to second on an Alexi Casilla groundout. Span then doubled him
home and Revere followed with a single to score Span for a 2-0 advantage.
Gonzalez got a one-out double in the fourth and Ryan Lavarnway walked with two
outs, but Will Middlebrooks flied out to end the frame.
The Twins plated another run in the sixth as Justin Morneau doubled with two
outs and Doumit followed with a double for a 3-0 advantage.
"Nice pitching night for us," remarked Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
"Offensively Dozier had a huge night and Morneau stayed on the ball against a
very good pitcher in Lester."
Deduno stranded two men in the sixth, while Casey Fien pitched a 1-2-3
Glen Perkins worked a perfect eighth and, after Dozier homered with Danny
Valencia on base in the ninth, did the same in the final inning to pick up his
sixth save of the year.
Revere extended his hitting streak to 16 games, while Span extended his to 11
games...Boston swept a three-game set in Minnesota in late April...Lester fell
to 1-4 in nine career games against the Twins.
08/03 01:30:52 ET