The Red Sox will have some decisions to make with their rotation with Felix Doubront and Clay Buchholz working their way back from the disabled list. On Monday night, Rubby De La Rosa showed that he wants to stay around.
In his second start at Fenway Park, the righthander threw seven shutout innings as the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins, 1-0.
De La Rosa (2-2) allowed one hit, walked three, and struck out three. The seven innings matched his career high.
The Twins were held to three hits and the Red Sox six. There were 12 runners left on base and the teams were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. There was far more offensive action in the United States-Ghana game at the World Cup.
The Red Sox bullpen inherited a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning. Andrew Miller was first and he struck out Oswaldo Arcia. Burke Badenhop, who has earned the right to pitch in high-leverage spots, was next.
Kurt Suzuki singled before Eduardo Escobar lined to left field. Sam Fuld doubled to right field before Badenhop hit Danny Santana to load the bases.
With the crowd of 35,693 roaring, Badenhop struck out Brian Dozier swinging at a slider to end the inning. The righthander pumped his fist as he walked off the mound.
From there, the game was placed in the steady hands of Koji Uehara and he closed the Twins out for his 15th save. Uehara has not allowed a run since May 1, a stretch of 20 appearances and 21 innings. Opponents are 7 of 65 (.108) against him in those games.
It was the fourth shutout of the season for the Red Sox and their second 1-0 victory in seven days. The Sox are 9-16 in one-run games.
The Red Sox hit Twins starter Kevin Correia hard in Minnesota on May 14 as he gave up five runs on nine hits over four innings. Correia was much better this time around but left after six innings trailing, 1-0.
The Sox scored in the fifth inning. Daniel Nava continued his resurgence with a leadoff single to left field. Stephen Drew singled to shallow left field and Nava went to third base when the Twins were slow to retrieve the ball.
Drew tried for second and was thrown out. A.J. Pierzynski, who is second on the team with 30 RBIs, had a sacrifice fly to left field.
Nava was 1 for 2 and is 12 of 31 (.387) in 11 games since returning from Triple A Pawtucket.
The Red Sox were otherwise wasteful with their scoring chances, as is usually the case with them this season.
Drew doubled to lead off the third inning and was stranded. Pierzynski popped out, Jackie Bradley Jr. struck out, and Xander Bogaerts grounded out after Brock Holt drew a walk.
Bogaerts and Pedroia had one-out singles in the sixth inning. David Ortiz flew out deep to center field before Mike Napoli grounded into a force.
Pinch hitter Jonny Gomes drew a walk off lefthander Caleb Thielbar in the seventh inning. Pierzynski then singled with one out but Bradley and Holt struck out.
The Twins had two threats against De La Rosa, both proved fruitless.
Dozier and Joe Mauer drew one-out walks in the first inning. De La Rosa then fell behind Josh Willingham, 2 and 1, before getting a double-play grounder to end the inning.
In the third inning, Fuld drew a walk with one out and stole second. Santana followed with a single to center field. Fuld was held as third base as a strong throw from Bradley came into Napoli in the middle of the infield.
Santana was caught off the bag and Napoli ran at him. When Fuld broke for the plate, the Red Sox got him in a rundown and Pierzynski eventually tagged him out.
Santana went third on the play but De La Rosa got Dozier to ground to second to end the inning.
That out was the first of 13 consecutive by De La Rosa to end his outing. He threw 106 pitches, 62 for strikes.
De La Rosa had allowed eight runs on 16 hits and four walks over 11⅓ innings in his previous two starts. He has a 2.84 earned run average in four starts filling in for Buchholz in the rotation.Peter Abraham can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.