Backups keep Red Sox perfect

Backups keep Red Sox perfect

at Fort Myers, Fla.
Saturday, March 1

Twins at the plate: Making his second straight start in left field, Delmon Young went 1-for-2 at the plate with an RBI single to left field and a walk. Joe Mauer drew two walks and delivered a single to right field in his three at-bats. Carlos Gomez singled in his first at-bat of the game and then stole second base. Gomez scored later that inning and tallied a sacrifice fly in the second.

Red Sox at the plate: Dusty Brown knotted things up in the eighth inning with a solo homer, and then Brandon Moss knocked in the game-winning run with an RBI single to center field. Alex Cora delivered a two-run single in the second inning, part of a 1-for-2 day at the plate with a walk. Chris Carter, the player the Red Sox acquired in the Wily Mo Pena trade with the Nationals last year, recorded an RBI double for his lone hit of the game.

Twins on the mound: Starter Randy Keisler struggled in his 1 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on two hits while walking three. Right-hander Nick Blackburn pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. Left-hander Carmen Cali entered the game in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and one out. He then issued two straight walks to allow the Red Sox within one, 6-5.

Red Sox on the mound: Starter Jon Lester found trouble in his one-plus inning of work. The southpaw gave up five runs (four earned), while allowing two hits and walking four. Jonathon Papelbon pitched one scoreless inning, allowing just one hit.

Grapefruit League records: Twins 0-3; Red Sox 2-0.

Up next: The Twins and Red Sox will close out their series of three straight contests on Sunday at City of Palms Park. Right-hander Livan Hernandez will make his debut for the Twins, starting against Boston's knuckleballer, Tim Wakefield. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET.

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.