BOSTON – Rubby De La Rosa gave an impressive performance Monday night, as the Red Sox beat the Twins, 1-0, at Fenway Park.
While his outing may not have been efficient, it was effective. De La Rosa when seven scoreless innings, giving up one hit with three walks and three strikeouts. He threw 106 pitches, 62 for strikes. He faced 23 batters, but threw just nine first-pitch strikes.
Early on it appeared he would be in for a struggle. In the first inning, he walked Brian Dozier with one out. After Dozier stole second, he walked Joe Mauer. But he got Josh Willingham to ground into an inning-ending double play. He threw 21 pitches in the inning, just eight for strikes.
After that, he settled in, allowing baserunners in just one other inning. In the third, he gave up a one-out walk to No. 9 hitter, Sam Fuld. But, Fuld was caught in a rundown between third and home on Danny Santana’s single, and was tagged out with Santana taking Fuld’s place on third. But Dozier grounded out to end the threat.
All three of De La Rosa’s strikeouts came on his signature changeup. He got Willingham looking for the second out in the fourth, Oswaldo Arcia swinging, leading off the fifth, and Dozier swinging to end the sixth.
De La Rosa earned the win, improving to 2-2, as his ERA fell from 3.93 to 2.84.
The Sox needed just one run off Twins right-hander Kevin Correia for the win. They got that in the fifth when Daniel Nava led off with a single to left, taking third on Stephen Drew’s single to left, with Drew getting thrown out trying to stretch a double. A. J. Pierzynski’s sacrifice fly to left scored Nava with the Sox lone run.
Correia took the loss, falling to 3-8, as his ERA fell from 5.60 to 5.29. He went six innings, giving up one run on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
Koji Uehara earned his 15th save in 15 opportunities with a perfect ninth.