By Tyler Ash
Rubby De La Rosa tossed seven scoreless innings as the Boston Red Sox slipped past the Minnesota Twins 1-0 in the first of a three-game set at Fenway Park.
Making his fourth start of the year, De La Rosa (2-2) surrendered just one hit as he retired the final 13 Twins’ batters he faced. Overall, the 25-year-old right-hander set down 21 of 23 hitters in a dominant outing.
A sacrifice fly in the fifth inning off the bat of A.J. Pierzynski scored Daniel Nava from third and provided the only offense in a pitchers duel.
Kevin Correia (3-8) was the hard-luck loser for the Twins, allowing just one run off five hits in six innings of work.
Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller struck out Oswaldo Arcia to lead off the eighth inning, the only batter the southpaw faced. Burke Badenhop finished the eighth inning off for the Red Sox, but not before the Twins put a scare into the sold-out crowd in Boston. Badenhop loaded the bases, but got Brian Dozier to strike out swinging to get out of the jam.
Koji Uehara remained perfect in 15 save chances this season, shutting the Twins down in order in the ninth to secure the victory. Uehara, who lowered his ERA to 0.57, extended his streak to 31 straight saves over the past two regular seasons.
De La Rosa has yet to give up a run in 14 innings pitched at home this season. In his other Fenway start, De La Rosa also pitched seven shutout innings, holding Tampa Bay to four hits in win.
Tuesday night will feature the Twins’ Phil Hughes (7-2, 3.17) going up against Jon Lester (7-7, 3.33) for Boston.