Drew's heroics deliver Red Sox win in 11The Sports Xchange
May 07. 2013 12:18AM
BOSTON - Stephen Drew's fourth hit of the game, a double with two outs in the 11th inning, gave the Red Sox a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins as Boston ended a three-game losing streak.
After Chris Parmelee made a diving catch in right-center field for the second out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia reached on an infield hit and took second on Will Middlebrooks' single. Drew then ended the 4-hour, 44-minute game with his third RBI of the game, making a loser of reliever Jared Burton (0-1) and dropping the Twins to 13-15.
Clayton Mortensen (1-2) worked 2 1/3 innings to get the win. He lost in relief Sunday in Texas.
Brian Dozier tied the game with a solo homer off Joel Hanrahan with one out in the top of the ninth, Hanrahan blowing his second save in three home chances. After issuing a walk and throwing ball one to the next hitter, Hanrahan, already on the disabled list once this season, left with right forearm tightness. He will be evaluated today.
All this on the day the Red Sox (21-11) had to put reliever Andrew Bailey, the team's other closer, on the disabled list.
Boston had completed a rally from a 4-1 deficit when Dustin Pedroia, who had gone 185 at-bats without a home run, hit his first homer of the season leading off the eighth for a 5-4 lead.
Clay Buchholz failed in his bid to become the first seven-game winner in the major leagues and was on the hook for his first loss before his mates came back.
Drew, incorrectly called out at home in the fifth inning, hit a solo homer (his second RBI) when he connected off Casey Fien in the seventh. Pedroia, who last homered Sept. 11, then hit a 3-2 pitch to put Boston in front.
David Ortiz, who went 1-for-4 and grounded into two of Boston's four double plays, followed the Pedroia homer, Boston's third solo shot of the night, with a double, extending his 2012 hitting streak to his first 14 games. He has hit safely in 26 in a row dating back to last July 2.
Buchholz, who came in 6-0 with a 1.01 ERA, gave up four runs and was taken off the hook when Boston rallied with runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh. Buchholz finished with a 1.60 ERA, yielding more than two runs for the first time in seven starts.
After Mike Napoli's 32nd RBI of the season made it 4-3 in the sixth, Drew, who drove in a fifth-inning run before the missed call by plate umpire Cory Blaser, homered off Fien.
Vance Worley, who came in 0-4 with a 7.72 ERA as a Twin, worked five innings and left with a 4-2 lead the bullpen couldn't hold.
Shane Victorino hit his first Red Sox homer leading off the fourth.
NOTES: After serving as the designated hitter in Cleveland on Sunday to rest his sore body, Minnesota's Justin Morneau was back at first base Monday night. He went 1-for-5 with two RBIs. ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Buchholz's microscopic ERA coming in was the lowest by a Boston pitcher through six starts since Roger Clemens posted a 0.73 ERA in 1991. The two first-inning runs matched the high Buchholz allowed in any game over the first seven starts. ... The Red Sox placed oft-injured Bailey on the disabled list (retroactive to April 29) with right biceps inflammation after an MRI showed no structural damage. The Sox activated LHP Craig Breslow, fresh off a rehab stint (five games) after missing the first month with a sore shoulder. Breslow worked a perfect eighth and was in line for the win before Hanrahan blew the save. ... On Tuesday, Boston RHP Ryan Dempster, who has won his last two starts (allowing four hits in both), faces Minnesota LHP Scott Diamond, who has had three straight quality starts.