Combined three hitter propels Sox past Twins on rain-filled Saturday

Boston Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz got through his first two innings on Saturday afternoon, allowing just one hit. Then the rains came. However, Buchholz wasn’t about to let a few raindrops ruin his day.

After a delay that lasted two hours and seven minutes, Buchholz came back out and threw three more scoreless innings, and four Sox relievers finished off the shutout, as the Red Sox rebounded from a three-game losing streak to defeat the Minnesota Twins, 4-0.

Jed Lowrie provided a run-scoring single in the bottom of the first, which turned out to be all the Red Sox would need on this day, as Buchholz and company held the Twins to just three hits.

The Sox clearly needed someone to step up and stop the bleeding, and Buchholz was up to the task. After being outscored 25-5 over the last three games, Buchholz provided a steady hand, and the combination of Rich Hill, Matt Albers, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon preserved the shutout.

Jacoby Ellsbury provided some breathing room in the bottom of the eighth, singling to center to drive in Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Carl Crawford.

However, on this day, one run was fine, thank you very much.

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