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De La Rosa keeps Twins at bay in Red Sox win

BOSTON – With two starters working their way back from injuries, Rubby De La Rosa has no way of knowing what his immediate future will bring.

But if he pitches like he did on Monday night, his second dominating performance in four starts since coming up, the 25-year-old right-hander will give the Boston Red Sox management something to think about.

“I don’t want to think about that,” a smiling De La Rosa said after pitching seven innings of one-hit ball in leading the offensively challenged Red Sox to a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

De La Rosa, who came to the Red Sox as part of that huge 2012 trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitched seven shutout innings in his first start, stumbled a bit through the next two but was then brilliant Monday, when he won a pitcher’s duel with right-hander Kevin Correia.

Both no-run efforts have come at home, the other two outings on the road.

“I know it’s been 14 shutout innings here at Fenway, whether he feels the energy here in this ballpark or is comfortable on our mound, that’s clearly the case,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “When a guy possesses that type of arm and that repertoire, as long as he throws strikes, he’s going to have the ability to get some of the best hitters in the game.”

De La Rosa went 3-0 on the first three batters of the game, walked two of them but then got a double play to end the first inning. The Twins helped him out with a baserunning gaffe in the third and De La Rosa retired the last 13.

“He was good,” said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. “The guy throws mid-90s and has a changeup like that, a breaking ball every once and a while, but changeups ... 3-2 changeups. He was pretty good. He was tough. Our guy was tough, too, threw the ball very well.”

Correia, coming off six shutout innings in his previous start, gave up five hits, and the only run of the game came on a fifth-inning sacrifice fly by Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

“That guy was tough,” Correia said of De La Rosa. “We had an opportunity early, but after that he was real tough. I put us in a situation where we were in the game and that’s all I can really do.”

Correia’s performance was not enough to keep him from falling to 3-8 and becoming the American League's second eight-game loser.

MIN ab r h bi BOS ab r h bi

Santana ss 3 0 1 0 Holt lf 3 0 0 0

Dozier 2b 3 0 0 0 Bogarts 3b 4 0 1 0

Mauer 1b 3 0 0 0 Pedroia 2b 4 0 1 0

Wllnghm lf 4 0 0 0 Ortiz dh 3 0 0 0

Morales dh 4 0 0 0 Napoli 1b 4 0 0 0

Arcia rf 3 0 0 0 Nava rf 2 1 1 0

Suzuki c 3 0 1 0 Gomes ph 0 0 0 0

Escobar 3b 3 0 0 0 Drew ss 3 0 2 0

Fuld cf 2 0 1 0 Przynsk c 2 0 1 1

BrdlyJr cf 3 0 0 0

Totals 28 0 3 0 Totals 28 1 6 1

Minnesota 000 000 000 — 0

Boston 000 010 00x — 1

LOB—Boston 7, Minnesota 5. 2B—Drew (1), Fuld (7). SB—Dozier (15), Fuld (4).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Correia L, 3-8 6 5 1 1 1 2

Thielbar 1 1 0 0 1 3

Burton 1 0 0 0 1 1

Boston

R.De La Rosa W, 2-2 7 1 0 0 3 3

A.Miller H, 6 Z\c 0 0 0 0 1

Badenhop H, 3 X\c 2 0 0 0 1

Uehara S, 15 1 0 0 0 0 0

HBP—D.Santana (by Badenhop).

Umpires—Home, Todd Tichenor; First, Clint Fagan; Second, Mark Carlson; Third, Tim Welke.

T—2:45. A—35,693 (37,402)

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