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MINNEAPOLIS -- Seeing all the zeroes on the scoreboard the Boston bullpen put up on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Twins belied the tension and angst that hung on practically every pitch.
In the end, the results were all that manager Bobby Valentine cared to focus on, and understandably so.
"Well, we got a win," Valentine said. "That's what it's all about at the end. Three of those innings were clean, zeros. We like zeros."
Clean may have been putting it a little generously, especially in the ninth inning.
Buchholz needed all the cushion he could get, and so did the Boston bullpen, which entered the night with the worst ERA in the American League. Buchholz carried a 9.00 ERA into the game, with his confidence in his changeup shaken and still smarting from giving up five home runs in a 6-2 loss to the Yankees last week.
Aviles hit a three-run homer in the second inning and the Red Sox were cruising with a 7-1 lead heading into the sixth. But after squandering a 9-0 lead to the Yankees on Saturday night, it was no time to relax.
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Buchholz danced in and out of trouble for the first five innings, stranding eight runners on base before getting knocked out in the sixth. The right-hander gave up an RBI double to Span and left after walking Jamey Carroll to load the bases with one out.
"It's been like that all year," said the right-hander, who gave up five runs on 10 hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. "I've had two clean innings. It's a struggle when you're out there throwing pitches and guys are putting it in play. That's the way it goes. It has to change. It can't stay like that all year. I just have to be positive about it."
Valentine went with righty Scott Atchison to face the lefty Mauer, who ripped a single back up the middle to score Casilla.
Thomas then hit Chris Parmelee in the helmet with a pitch. The crowd grew hushed after the ball slammed off the bill of Parmelee's helmet and bounced all the way over to the Red Sox dugout. Parmelee left the game for precautionary reasons, and the team said he would be reevaluated on Thursday.
"It was just a fastball up and in, trying to elevate enough to get it on his hands and it just kind of rode in too much on me," Thomas said. "No intention there. I just hope he's feeling alright."
Manager Ron Gardenhire said there were no signs of a concussion in initial testing, but "it's early."
"We're just lucky the kid's OK," Gardenhire said.
Dustin Pedroia tripled, doubled and singled for the Red Sox.
Liam Hendriks (0-1) gave up seven runs on nine hits and two walks in four innings.
Cody Ross went 1 for 3 with an RBI for the Red Sox but left the game early with soreness in his left knee. Valentine said he expected Ross to be fine for the game Thursday against the White Sox.
|Mike Aviles rounds second base after hitting a three-run shot in the second inning against the Twins. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Mike Aviles, SS||4||1||1||3||0||0||1||.328|
|Ryan Sweeney, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.382|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||4||2||3||0||0||0||1||.310|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.303|
|David Ortiz, DH||3||1||0||0||1||1||3||.424|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.204|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||4||0||1||2||0||1||2||.238|
|Cody Ross, LF||3||1||1||1||0||1||0||.267|
|Darnell McDonald, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.103|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.125|
|2B - Dustin Pedroia (5, Hendriks)|
|3B - Dustin Pedroia (1, Hendriks)|
|HR - Mike Aviles (4, Hendriks)|
|RBI - Mike Aviles 3 (13), Adrian Gonzalez (13), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (6), Cody Ross (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Aviles 3 (4), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (4)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|DP - Aviles-Gonzalez|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Clay Buchholz (W,2-1)||5.1||10||5||5||3||2||0||8.87|
|Matt Albers (H,1)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.00|
|Vicente Padilla (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||8.64|
|Franklin Morales (H,4)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||5.14|
|Alfredo Aceves (S,4)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||14.40|
|HBP - Parmelee (by Justin Thomas), Casilla (by Alfredo Aceves)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 107-69, Scott Atchison 3-3, Justin Thomas 5-3, Matt Albers 6-4, Vicente Padilla 10-9, Franklin Morales 20-12, Alfredo Aceves 20-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 11-3, Matt Albers 1-0, Vicente Padilla 2-0, Franklin Morales 1-1, Alfredo Aceves 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 29, Scott Atchison 1, Justin Thomas 2, Matt Albers 2, Vicente Padilla 3, Franklin Morales 3, Alfredo Aceves 6|
|Denard Span, CF||6||1||2||1||0||2||4||.333|
|Jamey Carroll, SS||3||1||0||0||2||1||1||.222|
|Joe Mauer, C||5||1||2||2||0||0||2||.319|
|Justin Morneau, DH||5||0||2||1||0||0||1||.238|
|Chris Parmelee, 1B||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.260|
|Danny Valencia, PR-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.206|
|Trevor Plouffe, RF||4||0||1||1||1||1||5||.125|
|Sean Burroughs, 3B-1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.133|
|a- Ryan Doumit, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Ben Revere, LF||5||2||2||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Alexi Casilla, 2B||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.271|
|a-singled for Burroughs in the 9th|
|2B - Denard Span (6, Buchholz), Justin Morneau (4, Thomas), Ben Revere (1, Buchholz)|
|RBI - Denard Span (3), Joe Mauer 2 (11), Justin Morneau (8), Trevor Plouffe (1), Alexi Casilla (1)|
|SB - Alexi Casilla (3, 2nd base off Buchholz/Saltalamacchia)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|Outfield Assists - Trevor Plouffe 1|
|DP - Burroughs-Casilla-Parmelee, Carroll-Casilla-Burroughs|
|Liam Hendriks (L,0-1)||4||9||7||7||2||3||1||6.89|
|Pitches-Strikes - Liam Hendriks 87-57, Anthony Swarzak 26-21, Glen Perkins 17-11, Jared Burton 7-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Liam Hendriks 3-5, Anthony Swarzak 3-3, Jared Burton 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Liam Hendriks 22, Anthony Swarzak 8, Glen Perkins 3, Jared Burton 3|
|Attendance - 32254|
|Game Time - 3:32|
|Temperature - 71|
|Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Adrian Johnson|