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Pedroia, Middlebrooks homers power BoSox to fifth straight

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MINNEAPOLIS -- At least John Lackey and the Boston Red Sox had something to keep themselves entertained during a long rain delay on Sunday.

Lackey allowed one hit over six innings before a three-hour delay, Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks homered and the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 for their fifth straight victory.

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Fans at Target Field saw more than the Twins' fifth straight loss.

The longest delay ever at the ballpark lasted long enough for the 1993 movie "The Sandlot" to be shown in its entirety on the videoboard. Several cast and crew members were at the stadium to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary.

When asked what he did during the delay, Lackey laughed and said he did what everyone else left at the stadium did while it poured.

"Watched `The Sandlot.' I hadn't seen that in a while," he said before getting back to talking about his performance. "I wanted to go at least another inning. I was definitely frustrated a little bit not to keep going. But winning the game is all that really matters."

The game resumed about 80 minutes after the movie ended and many fans moved into the first eight rows behind the dugouts.

Lackey (2-4) gave up one unearned run and struck out five before dark skies and heavy rain sent fans running for cover as he was warming up to start the seventh.

Lackey ended his three-game losing streak. He didn't allow a runner until Trevor Plouffe led off the fifth with a double. Plouffe later scored on shortstop Pedro Ciriaco's throwing error.

"Crisp. He was powerful," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Overall just a solid performance for him."

Earlier this month, Lackey's throwing error against the Twins resulted in four unearned runs and a frustrating loss in the midst of a stretch where the Red Sox went 2-9.

After Andrew Miller pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, Koji Uehara loaded the bases in the eighth, but struck out Joe Mauer to end the threat.

"We didn't really come up with key hits when we needed to or when we wanted to," Twins outfielder Chris Parmelee said. "It's tough to win a ballgame when you don't have any clutch hits."

Junichi Tazawa pitched the ninth and capped a weekend where the Red Sox bullpen didn't allow a run.

Mauer's 15-game hitting streak was snapped. The All-Star catcher struck out three times and has now fanned in 16 straight games.

"It's baseball, man," Plouffe said. "These games, they happen throughout the season and it's something you've got to deal with."

Pedroia drove in three runs, scored twice and extended his hitting streak to 11 games. His two-run homer in the ninth bounced off the wrist of a leaping Josh Willingham and over the left-field wall.

"Lucky," Pedroia said. "But we'll take the break. They're usually robbing `em."

Middlebrooks' two-out homer in the second off Pedro Hernandez (2-1) traveled 402 feet and flew over the flower pots on top of the scoreboard wall in right-center field.

Movie or no movie, Farrell chuckled when asked about his team's focus coming out of the long delay.

"That's built in," he said. "Even with a three-hour rain delay, they're rarin' to go. Keeping this group focused, I'm not going to say is not an issue, but the game is clearly a priority to them."

Notes

  • Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey threw 17 pitches in one inning of a rehab appearance at Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday night. Farrell said Bailey -- on the DL since May 6 with a right bicep strain -- is on track to be activated on Monday.
  • Franklin Morales, on the DL since March 31 wish a low back strain, started the game for Pawtucket and allowed five runs in four innings. He's expected to make at least one more rehab start.
  • Boston SS Stephen Drew missed his second straight game with a sore back.
  • Patrick Renna and Chauncey Leopardi, aka "Ham" and "Squints" from "The Sandlot," visited Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his office before the game. "The players wondered what we did wrong to get summoned to the manager's office," Renna said.
  • Jon Lester (6-0, 2.72 ERA) starts on Monday as the Red Sox begin a three-game series in Chicago against the White Sox. Dylan Axelrod (1-3, 4.27) is scheduled to start for Chicago.
  • Kevin Correia (4-3, 3.35) starts for Minnesota as the Twins kick off a nine-game road trip against Atlanta on Monday. Julio Teheran (2-1, 4.57) starts for the Braves.
 
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 The Red Sox sit through a three-hour rain delay before defeating the Twins for their fifth straight win.  (Getty Images)
The Red Sox sit through a three-hour rain delay before defeating the Twins for their fifth straight win. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Pedroia
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Boston

J. Lackey
IP 6.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 0
K 5
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shane Victorino, CF4110102 .282
Jonny Gomes, LF4110101 .190
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5223011 .343
David Ortiz, DH5020013 .364
Mike Napoli, 1B4011112 .259
Daniel Nava, RF5020012 .298
Will Middlebrooks, 3B5111025 .213
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3010113 .259
Pedro Ciriaco, SS4000002 .184
Totals39511547  
Batting
HR - Dustin Pedroia (2, Burton), Will Middlebrooks (8, Hernandez)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia 3 (21), Mike Napoli (35), Will Middlebrooks (18)
2-OUT RBI - Will Middlebrooks (5)
SB - Shane Victorino (4, 2nd base off Hernandez/Mauer)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Pedro Ciriaco (6, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lackey (W,2-4) 6110050 3.31
Andrew Miller (H,4) 1000010 3.86
Koji Uehara (H,9) 1200130 2.04
Junichi Tazawa 1200020 2.79
HBP - Arcia (by John Lackey)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 84-50, Andrew Miller 10-8, Koji Uehara 23-14, Junichi Tazawa 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 9-4, Andrew Miller 2-0, Junichi Tazawa 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 20, Andrew Miller 3, Koji Uehara 6, Junichi Tazawa 5
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jamey Carroll, 2B4010000 .304
Joe Mauer, C4000033 .342
Justin Morneau, 1B4010000 .299
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4120010 .252
Oswaldo Arcia, DH3000012 .261
Wilkin Ramirez, LF-CF4010034 .275
Chris Parmelee, RF4000013 .198
Aaron Hicks, CF2000001 .139
   a- Josh Willingham, PH-LF1000011 .197
Pedro Florimon, SS2000110 .250
Totals32150111  
a-struck out for Hicks in the 8th
Batting
2B - Trevor Plouffe (9, Lackey), Wilkin Ramirez (3, Uehara)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Trevor Plouffe (5, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Pedro Hernandez (L,2-1) 4.1933121 5.85
Josh Roenicke 2.2000020 3.47
Brian Duensing 1000120 3.12
Jared Burton 1222211 2.37
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Hernandez 107-70, Josh Roenicke 25-17, Brian Duensing 20-11, Jared Burton 34-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Hernandez 8-4, Josh Roenicke 2-4, Jared Burton 1-1
Batters Faced - Pedro Hernandez 24, Josh Roenicke 8, Brian Duensing 4, Jared Burton 7
Game Information
Attendance - 33042
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Paul Schrieber