June 17: Twins (32-37) 1, Red Sox (33-38) 2
Minnesota starter Phil Hughes was brilliant in his eight innings of work, but the Twins couldn’t muster up enough offense against Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox as they fell 2-1. The Twins got only four hits in the losing effort.
The Twins had a pretty good chance at scoring in the opening inning when they got two men on with two away in the frame. Kendrys Morales popped out to end the threat though.
The Red Sox, however, answered the call when given the chance as Dustin Pedroia doubled home Brock Holt with a line drive to center field in the bottom half of the inning.
Boston was at it again in the third as it doubled its lead to two. Xander Bogaerts delivered a sacrifice fly to center to bring home the speedy Holt — his second run scored of the game.
In the sixth, the Twins finally got on the board against Lester. Joe Mauer doubled home Danny Santana on a sharp line drive to left to bring Minnesota within one.
The teams stayed locked at 2-1 the rest of the way.
In the eighth there was a scare for the Twins as Pedroia nearly connected on a two-run shot. The call on the field was a single and Pedroia was thrown out at second. The umpires reviewed the play and upheld the call on the field.
In the ninth, reliever Edward Mujica retired all three batters he faced to earn just his second save of the season and secure the 2-1 victory for Boston.
Lester earned his eighth win of the year with his 6.1 frames of work. He allowed the one run and struck out six.
On the other side, Hughes went the distance – eight innings – and gave up just the two runs. He got the tough loss as he allowed just eight hits and fanned six.
Minnesota had only a few chances to score runs in the game, going only 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position. Five runners were left on base in the game for them. Same can be said for the defending-champion Red Sox. They were 1-for-6 in that category, leaving five on base as well.