BOSTON — Clay Buchholz gave Boston's struggling rotation another lift and David Ortiz hit a two-run homer as the Red Sox beat the Twins 3-2 on a rainy Wednesday night.
Buchholz allowed both runs on five hits in eight-plus innings five days after giving up one run on three hits in 61/3 innings in a 7-2 win at Detroit. In between, four other Boston starters allowed at least four runs in their outings.
Buchholz faced only four batters over the minimum. He was helped by double plays in the first and seventh and his pickoff of Nick Punto, who had walked with two outs in the third.
The Twins took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Denard Span's leadoff double and Joe Mauer's RBI double. Buchholz retired the next nine before allowing a single to Justin Morneau in the seventh. Michael Cuddyer ended the inning by grounding into a double play.
The Red Sox went ahead in the fourth on Ortiz's homer. Umpires first said the drive to left-center didn't clear the red home-run line but reviewed it and awarded Ortiz his fourth homer in six games.