Clay Buchholz was tremendous for the Red Sox Tuesday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Clay Buchholz throws 8 shutout innings, Rusney Castillo delivers as Red Sox top Twins 1-0

Ryan Hannable
June 02, 2015 - 5:32 pm
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Tuesday was much of the same for Clay Buchholz, as he pitched extremely well, but the offense was kept quiet. Fortunately for the Red Sox, their one run was enough as they topped the Twins, 1-0 in the series opener on a chilly June night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox entered the game scoring one run in each of Buchholz's last three starts and he had gone at least seven innings allowing two earned runs or less in all three of those starts. Buchholz finished the game going eight shutout innings, allowing only three hits, walking two and striking out eight. He threw 92 pitches. The starter couldn't manage to go the distance, in part because of a lingering illness he first felt over the weekend. "Definitely didn'€™t feel 100 percent but it was no reason for me to skip a start," Buchholz said. "I told them I would go out there and give what I got and fortunately I was able to give them eight innings." "If it was any other day and I felt good and that'€™s how the game was going, I wasn'€™t going to let him take me out of the game. But I was gassed and I would rather give Koji [Uehara] a clean inning to work with rather than having pull me with a runner on base. I was definitely OK with that." Uehara pitched the ninth to bounce back from his blown save on Sunday. It was his 11th save of the season. The Red Sox got their only run of the game in the seventh inning. It started with two outs when Xander Bogaerts ripped a Mike Pelfrey offering off the base of the wall in center field going for a double. The next batter Sandy Leon walked and then Rusney Castillo lined a two-strike single up the middle scoring Bogaerts for the only run the Red Sox would need. Castillo is now 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position, which leads the team. The game was a rematch of last Wednesday's game in Minnesota, which saw Pelfrey get the best of Buchholz and the Red Sox, 2-1. Buchholz and the Red Sox got payback Tuesday. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Buchholz. The right-hander was terrific again. He's gone at least seven innings in his last four starts. Vote on the Rock Solid Performer of the week and enter to win a VIP Boston Baseball Experience at weei.com/rocksolid. "Every game is big from here on out," Buchholz said. "Obviously we haven'€™t played up the caliber of players we have on this team. The bar is set pretty high for this club. There'€™s nobody in this clubhouse that doesn'€™t expect that. I don'€™t think anybody would want it any other way. We'€™re going to try and get on a roll after today. We'€™re moving on into a doubleheader [Wednesday], so hopefully we can get on track." Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox' win: WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Bogaerts went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. He is in the midst of an eight-game home hit streak. -- Mike Napoli went 1-for-3 with a double off the Green Monster in the second inning. He has now reached base in nine of his last 11 games. -- Dustin Pedroia singled in the sixth inning, snapping an 0-for-7 skid. WHAT WENT WRONG -- David Ortiz finished 1-for-4, but did ground into a key double play in the sixth inning when the Red Sox had runners on first and second with no outs. -- Hanley Ramirez went 0-for-4 in the win. -- As a team the Red Sox continue to struggle with runners in scoring position, finishing 1-for-7 in the game, 0-for-6 prior to Castillo's single.

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