Rusney Castillo's two-out, two-strike RBI single in the seventh inning was the difference in the Red Sox' 1-0 win over the Twins. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Xander Bogaerts on Tuesday's 1-0 Red Sox win: 'Probably the biggest win of the year'

Ryan Hannable
June 02, 2015 - 7:02 pm
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The Red Sox needed Tuesday's win as bad as any win this season. Entering Tuesday losers of three straight and nine of their last 12 games, coming off a brutal 1-6 road trip, their owner John Henry speaking before the game calling the first 51 games of the year "unacceptable" and the team opening a seven-game homestand, a place they have gone just 10-12 on the year -- those were all ingredients calling for as big of a game a team could have on June 2 in a season. Fortunately for the Red Sox they pulled out a 1-0 win over the Twins, led by Clay Buchholz going eight shutout innings and Rusney Castillo delivering a two-out, two-strike RBI single in the seventh inning proving to be the difference. "Much needed. Probably the biggest win of the year coming off a tough road trip," shortstop Xander Bogaerts said. "Starting off the homestand on a positive note. Tomorrow we have two games. Just coming here with the same excitement and ready to go tomorrow again." It's no secret the Red Sox' hitters have struggled with runners in scoring position this year, as coming into play Tuesday they were hitting just .221 on the year as a team. The trend was continuing Tuesday when they started 0-for-6, including having first and second with no outs in the sixth inning with David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez coming up and not scoring a run. With starter Clay Buchholz in the midst of one of his best games of the season, the Red Sox desperately needed a run. Bogaerts stepped to the plate with two outs and no one on base in the seventh inning, and with two strikes the shortstop ripped a hanging splitter off the center field wall for a double. Then, after a walk to Sandy Leon, Castillo came through with a two-strike single up the middle, breaking the scoreless tie and proving to be the game-winning hit. Castillo is now 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position this year, which leads the team and his hit Tuesday couldn't have come at a better time. "I thought it was a good at-bat for me especially given the situation in the game," Castillo said through a translator after the game. "Thankfully I was able to drive in the go-ahead run after some tough at-bats prior to. Just happy I was able to drive in the run to win the game." Following the base hit in the seventh inning, Castillo went out in the top of the eighth inning and robbed Aaron Hicks of a home run up against the wall in front of the Twins bullpen. The right fielder was able to beat the ball to the wall, stand with his back against the wall and make the catch as the ball carried to the wall and would have gone over. "I was pretty confident that I was going to catch it," Castillo said. "I didn't think it was going to go out right away. Thought I had a pretty good beat on it, pretty good jump." Winning the way that the team did, finally being able to get a big hit when they needed it, Bogaerts feels the win could be the start of a long, consistent stretch of games, something the team desperately needs. "No pressure though. I don't think we're putting pressure on ourselves but we're well aware that we need to turn things around pretty quick," Bogaerts said. "I really believe that this win tonight will definitely turn the whole season around for us."

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