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May, Twins bullpen combine to silence Red Sox

Jun 4, 2015 - 5:09 AM Boston, MA ( - Trevor May and two relievers combined on a two-hit shutout as Minnesota clipped Boston 2-0 to split a Wednesday doubleheader at Fenway Park.

May (4-3) went the first seven innings, giving up just two hits while striking out nine. Blaine Boyer kept the hosts in check in the eighth and Glen Perkins picked up his 20th save by fanning two in a perfect ninth.

"Command is the name of the game," May said. "It's something I didn't do well in the last start, really battling and laboring at times. It was a matter of having quicker and smoother innings, just getting ahead of guys, giving yourself a chance to make good pitches and put them away."

Danny Santana and Chris Herrmann knocked in early runs for the Twins, who dropped a 6-3 decision in the opener of this twinbill.

Rick Porcello (4-5) allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts over his eight frames for the Red Sox.

The Twins picked up two runs in the second and gave May all the margin he needed thanks to Herrmann's run-scoring double and a sacrifice bunt from Santana with runners on the corners that brought home Herrmann.

May's only inning of trouble occurred in the bottom of the third. Carlos Peguero singled and Dustin Pedroia doubled with two down, but Brock Holt's groundout kept the Sox scoreless.

Minnesota's starter set down the final 13 batters he faced, expertly preserving that two-run margin.

"We've got all the video you can watch. Nothing replaces first-hand experience and at-bats against a given pitcher," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of May. "But he was very good. He didn't miss much over the middle of the plate, and when he did, we fouled some pitches off."

Game Notes

Boston has lost seven of its last 10 ... Twins pitchers retired the final 19 Red Sox batters ... Before the second part of the twinbill, the Red Sox acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza and cash considerations from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel, and also transferred pitcher Brandon Workman to the 60-day disabled list ... Minnesota recalled pitcher Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester, while reinstating outfielder Oswaldo Arcia from the 15-day disabled list and optioning him to Rochester.