Jon Lester vs Nick Blackburn Battle Sees Boston Fall 5-2
Boston dropped a 5-2 decision at Target Field on Wednesday as Minnesota legged out a win behind winning pitcher Glen Perkins.
Minnesota was an underdog by +175 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went UNDER the consensus closing total of 8.5.
Minnesota got 6 2/3 innings from Nick Blackburn, who gave up 0 earned runs on 6 hits, while striking out 4. Glen Perkins earned the victory, while the Twins got 2 RBIs from Jim Thome in the win.
Boston got a 7 1/3-inning outing from Jon Lester in the loss. He gave up 4 earned runs, 5 walks and 8 hits in his time on the mound, while David Ortiz had 2 hits in the loss for the Red Sox.
The battle of the bats favored Minnesota as they had 11 hits, while Boston only had 8.
The game was closed out by Joe Nathan who got the final outs in the victory. He allowed 0 hits, 0 walks and fanned 1 batter to earn the save.
Next game, Minnesota takes its act on the road to face Cleveland looking for another win. For Boston, they head on the road to face Seattle.