Dempster yields just two runs in loss

Offense held in check as Red Sox manage just five hits vs. Twins

Dempster yields just two runs in loss

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mike Pelfrey turned in a dominant performance for the Twins on Friday night at JetBlue Park, helping to lead his team to a 2-0 victory over the Red Sox.

The right-hander, who is in his first year with Minnesota, gave up two hits over three shutout innings while striking out five.

"I had a really good sinker tonight," said Pelfrey, who has a 3.52 ERA in three Grapefruit League starts. "I think I should've realized that earlier. I think it was all I threw in the second and third inning. It was really good tonight, and I think I can have days like that where it's my strength and I can throw it 90-95 times."

Ryan Dempster, Boston's new rotation member, gave up five hits and two runs over 3 2/3 innings, walking none and striking out two. The righty has yet to walk a batter in three Grapefruit League starts.

"I feel really good," Dempster said. "That just comes with me trying to repeat it as much as I can on the side, and obviously in the game. I just feel like even behind the count I can make a pitch where I want to throw it, or get softer contact."

Aaron Hicks, who is developing into the story of Spring Training for the Twins, had a run and a hit from the leadoff spot. Ryan Doumit went 2-for-3.

It was a quiet night for the Red Sox offensively. Jacoby Ellsbury, Ryan Sweeney and Jonny Gomes each had a hit.

Up next: Lefty Felix Doubront will make his second start of Spring Training in Saturday night's 7:05 p.m. ET game on MLB.TV against the Orioles. Closer Joel Hanrahan, who has struggled in his early Grapefruit League outings, will try to get on track. Setup men Andrew Bailey and Andrew Miller will both see action at JetBlue Park.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.