Twins - 000 000 000 - 0 3 0 Red Sox - 000 000 10x - 1 7 0Clay Buchholz (8-3-0-2-8, 92) pitched eight shutout innings and Rusney Castillo knocked in Xander Bogaerts (2-for-3) with the night's only run with two outs in the seventh inning.
Castillo also robbed Aaron Hicks of what would have been a game-tying homer in the eighth inning with a catch at the bullpen wall in right-center.
Even though Buchholz was not feeling well, he stayed in for eight innings and 92 pitches. He has a 1.95 ERA in his last five starts and his season ERA has dropped to 3.82.
Clay Buchholz / Mike Pelfrey
Pedroia, 2BBoston has lost six of its last seven games.
The Globe's Alex Speier calls June a "pivotal month":
[T]he Sox have arrived at the "show don't tell" portion of the season. The Sox have invested heavily in this year's club, committing to a team-record payroll. But if there's no evidence that improvement is a realistic possibility, then the team isn't going to keep throwing chips atop a $200 million bet. ...
The Sox have shown they can play roughly .500 ball for a month (a 12-10 April). They've demonstrated an ability to perform at a putrid level (10-19 in May). Now, they have to show that there's something different behind Door No. 3.