Twins open Target Field with 5-2 win over Red SoxMinnesota Sports
- Jason Kubel went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI and Joe Mauer drove in two runs during a three-hit effort, as the Twins opened Target Field with a 5-2 victory over the Red Sox.
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Jason Kubel went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI and Joe Mauer drove in two runs during a three-hit effort, as the Twins opened Target Field with a 5-2 victory over the Red Sox.
The home opener for Minnesota was a little more special this year, as the franchise said goodbye to the closed setting of the Metrodome and opened its new outdoor home with a convincing win behind Carl Pavano (2-0), who hurled six innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits and a walk in the win.
"I was definitely excited," Pavano said of the start. "We're playing great baseball. I had a good demeanor out there and these guys came through for us."
Jon Rauch put the finishing touches on the memorable victory with a perfect ninth for his fifth save in as many chances on the young season.
The Twins, coming off a 5-2 road trip against the Angels and White Sox, recorded 12 hits in all in front of 38,145 fans.
Boston's Jon Lester (0-1) lasted just five innings in his second straight start, as the lefty surrendered four runs on nine hits and three walks. David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia each drove in a run for the Red Sox, who took the rubber match of a three-game series against the Royals, 8-6, on Sunday.
The temperature at the time of the first pitch was a calm 65 degrees Fahrenheit in Minneapolis, and Mauer quickly brought the crowd to its feet by throwing out Marco Scutaro trying to steal second after his leadoff single.