Diamond silences Red Sox bats, Sox fall 6-1

BOSTON — The Red Sox ran into a buzz saw Tuesday night in Twins starter Scott Diamond who completely silenced the Red Sox bats as they could only squander four hits in their 6-1 loss.

Diamond tossed seven shutout innings allowing just three hits and struck out two. He retired the last 15 hitters he faced in his longest outing of the season, needing just 96 pitches.

“Diamond lived on the edge, stayed out over the middle of the plate, even when he got into a couple fastball counts he located it well,” manager John Farrell said. “In the time he was in there I don’t think we had a guy get past first base.”

Fortunately for the Sox and David Ortiz, one of the hits was a single in the second inning which extended his hitting streak to 27 games dating back to last July. He now has tied the longest hitting streak for the Sox since 2006 where Manny Ramirez also hit in 27 straight games. Jarrod Saltalamacchia accounted for the lone Sox run, a solo homer in the ninth.

Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster pitched well once again going seven-plus innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out eight. He allowed a run in the fifth inning and then a solo home run in the seventh to Ryan Doumit before allowing two unearned runs in the eighth. The wheels came off following his departure as Craig Breslow came in to allow two more runs, giving the Twins a 6-0 lead. Pedro Ciriaco committed two errors in the inning, making three of the four runs unearned.

The third game of the four-game series will be played tomorrow night (7:10, NESN) where Allen Webster will make his second career major league start for the Red Sox and be opposed by Pedro Hernandez.

What they’ll be saying: It was just one of those nights for the Red Sox where they couldn’t get anything going from the start, which really put a damper on another great start from Dempster. His record now sits at 2-3 on the year, but he’s pitched much better than that. He’s only allowed more than two earned runs in two of his seven starts and made it past the sixth in his last five … Will Middlebrooks and David Ross left the game after a collision on a foul ball in which Middlebrooks made a sliding catch. Both players hit the wall pretty hard. Ross is day-to-day with a left quad contusion and it would appear it wouldn’t be anything that would keep him out more than a day or two, while Middlebrooks underwent X-rays and a cat scan on his ribs as a precaution.


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