Twins Daily: A rare offensive outburst ends long Fenway drought
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A rock solid performance by Scott Baker combined with a rare offensive outburst led the Minnesota Twins to a 9-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night -- the team's first victory at Fenway Park since 2007.
A nine-run outburst on Friday night marked just the second time all season the Twins have scored more than five runs.
Playing in his first major league game of 2011, Trevor Plouffe started the scoring with a solo home run over the Green Monster off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
The Twins added three runs in the second inning, four more in the fifth and another run in the sixth, pounding out 12 hits and drawing five walks overall.
Every Twins starter reached base at least once except Alexi Casilla.
It looked like the opportunity would be wasted when Alexi Casilla struck out swinging after Drew Butera flew out weakly to shallow right field, but a groundball by Denard Span trickled under the glove of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for a two-RBI single.
One batter later, Revere scored on a balk by Wakefield, which led to an aggressive argument -- and subsequent ejection -- by Red Sox manager Terry Francona.
The Twins never looked back.
4: Consecutive quality starts for Baker, who allowed only two earned runs on seven hits in eight innings. Baker walked one, struck out eight and gave up two home runs -- both solo shots -- to Gonzalez and J.D. Drew.
1,314: Days between Twins victories at Fenway Park. The last one came on September 30, 2007.
3: The number of Plouffe's eight major league hits that have gone over the fence.
2: The number of times this season the Twins offense has scored more than five runs in a game.
• RHP Kevin Slowey (shoulder) will rejoin the bullpen on Saturday, but he is stretched out enough to start if needed in an emergency.
The series continues on Saturday (12:10 p.m., 1500 ESPN) when left-hander Brian Duensing (2-1, 2.91) takes on Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz (2-3, 4.81).
Duensing is off to a fantastic start this season, posting a 2.91 ERA with 23 strikeouts, nine walks and just three home runs allowed in 34 innings over five starts. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts, and he has pitched seven innings in each of his last three starts.
With more walks (18) than strikeouts (17), along with allowing six home runs already, Buccholz has struggled to open the year. In five starts, the right-hander has yet to pitch beyond 6 2/3 innings, and in three of his five starts he has failed to pitch into the seventh.
• Sunday: at Boston, 12:35 p.m. RHP Carl Pavano (2-3, 5.84) vs. LHP Jon Lester (4-1, 2.33).
• Monday: at Boston, 6:10 p.m. LHP Francisco Liriano (2-4, 6.61) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (2-1, 2.35).
• Tuesday: vs. Detroit, 7:10 p.m. RHP Nick Blackburn (2-4, 4.41) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (2-2, 3.93).