The Boston Red Sox offense was a no show last night in a 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins, as they only tallied two hits.
Adrian Gonzalez had both of the Red Sox hits in the game, going 2 for 3 with a walk. Ryan Lavarnway, who was recently called up from Pawtucket, went 0 for 3 in his season debut.
Jon Lester took the loss for the Red Sox, dropping his season record to 5-9. Even with the loss, Lester had one of his best outings in weeks. The lefty went eight innings, giving up three earned runs and dropped his season ERA to 5.36. Lester put the team in a position to win, but the Red Sox offense sputtered.
The Red Sox bats were shut down by a Twins team that has the worst team ERA in the American League. Samuel Deduno won his third consecutive start, throwing six shutout innings. The Twins bullpen followed Deduno by retiring nine straight Red Sox batters in the final three innings.
The Red Sox lost their second consecutive game after winning four straight. Several times through the season, it seems like the Red Sox will begin to make a playoff push, but then they have performances like last night. The series against the Twins is one that the Red Sox need to take advantage of, as they welcome the Texas Rangers starting Monday.
The services of David Ortiz could have been useful last night, but he could return soon. There is a chance that the Red Sox could welcome back Ortiz from the DL this weekend.
One player I would not expect to see this weekend is Josh Beckett. He is scheduled to start on Sunday, but skipped his bullpen session yesterday. Though he will likely not land on the DL, it would be very Beckett like if he would miss a start.
The Red Sox are back at the .500 mark (53-53) and fall to four games back for the final playoff position. Felix Doubront will take the hill tonight against Brian Duensing. Doubront leads the team in both wins and ERA and will look to help the Red Sox get back on the winning track.
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