Rick Porcello settled down nicely, but he still suffered the loss Wednesday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox offense blanked in nightcap of doubleheader, spoiling Rick Porcello bounceback

Ryan Hannable
June 03, 2015 - 5:26 pm

What a difference a few hours make. After the Red Sox tied a season-high with 13 hits and took Game 1 of the day-night doubleheader, 6-3, they came out in the nightcap and managed just two hits as they were shutout by the Twins, 2-0. "Well, certainly what we didn't expect I can tell you that going into the game," manager John Farrell said. "But, that's not taking anything away from [Trevor] May. He stayed to the corners, he was down, he had good stuff, three pitches for strikes. We capitalized on some pitches up in the strike zone in Game 1, we didn't get those tonight in the nightcap." Red Sox starter Rick Porcello struggled in the early going, needing 42 pitches to get through the first two innings and allowing two runs, but then settled down retiring 11 in a row from the second to the end of the fifth inning. He also faced the minimum batters from the third to the eighth inning, aided by a double play in the sixth. In total he retired 19 of the last 20 batters he faced. The right-hander went eight innings allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five and not walking a batter. It was his second start of the year going eight or more innings. He came into the game allowing 13 earned runs in his last 11 1/3 innings. "He got better as the night went along," Farrell said. "Eight quality innings of work. In the second inning he left a couple of pitches up that they were able bunch together with a walk for their two runs and then like I said, became much more efficient as he went. The most encouraging thing I thought was in the middle innings and later inning his two-seamer was in the right part of the zone down. Put the ball on the ground a number of times. We just couldn't get anything going offensively. but Rick certainly gave us an opportunity tonight." Twins right-hander Trevor May shut the Red Sox down, going seven innings allowing no runs on two hits, while not walking a batter and striking out nine. The seven innings and nine strikeouts both tied career-highs. As a team, the final 19 Red Sox batters were retired in succession and with the loss they have now not won three games in a row since the fifth game of the season.

"Every loss is tough," Porcello said. "We had an opportunity to take two from them today and sweep them and you never want to let that slip through your fingers, but we have another one tomorrow."
SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: May. The righty completely took the Red Sox offense out of the game following their 13-hit performance in Game 1. Vote on the Rock Solid Performer of the week and enter to win a VIP Boston Baseball Experience at weei.com/rocksolid. Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox' loss: WHAT WENT WRONG -- Mookie Betts was moved down in the order to the No. 7 spot and it didn't do any wonders as the center fielder went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. -- David Ortiz went 0-for-3, which snapped a four-game hit streak. -- Mike Napoli went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts after the first baseman homered in Game 1 of the doubleheader. -- The two total hits by the Red Sox tied a season low. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Dustin Pedroia went 1-for-4. He's now reached base in 30 of his last 36 games. -- Carlos Peguero recorded the only other hit of the game, a single in the third. He was also very active in left field making a few adventurous catches.