Jesse Crain lets Red Sox pull away
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins reliever Jesse Crain lasted only two-thirds of an inning today against Boston, loading the bases and then giving up a three-run double to Jeremy Hermida with two outs that extended the Red Sox's lead to 6-2 in the top of the eighth.
How out of character was that for Crain?
In three previous outings this season (3 1/3 innings), Crain had allowed only one hit. In his last 20 regular-season outings of 2009, Crain allowed only two runs total. And the last time Crain allowed three runs in one outing was last July 31 against the Los Angeles Angels, who scored three without Crain recording an out.
It's also a rarity for a bullpen that had been rock solid through the season's first six games.
That meltdown, combined with the nine runners the Twins have stranded, are the primary reasons they're poised to lose for the first time at Target Field.