BOSTON (AP) -The rain finally ended and Boston's winning streak continued.
pitched six solid innings in a game that began 47 minutes late as the
completed a doubleheader sweep of the
with a 7-3 win Wednesday night. The opener was shortened to seven innings by rain, with
throwing a complete game in a 10-1 victory.
''It was a long, good day of baseball,''
said. ''I think we felt fortunate even to play that second game.''
The first game was a makeup of Tuesday night's rainout.
Penny (2-0) allowed two earned runs in the finale of the day-night doubleheader as the
extended their winning streak to seven games after a 2-6 start.
hit a three-run homer and
had a two-run double against
In the opener,
each hit a two-run homer.
''In the National League, you give up two or three runs, you might get a loss that night,'' said Penny, who spent his first
eight seasons in the NL before signing with Boston in January. ''Here, who knows what's going to happen? It's an exciting
game. It's an offensive division over here.''
Penny yielded six hits in his first start since giving up eight runs in three innings of Boston's 10-8 win over Baltimore
on Friday night. He left Wednesday's game with a 7-3 lead.
got outstanding pitching and hitting in their last four games, outscoring opponents 31-6.
''Very long day,'' Twins manager
said. ''Our starters just didn't give us a good chance here.''
In his first at-bat since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket after
went on the disabled list, Bailey homered in the second inning after J.D. Drew walked and
was hit by a pitch.
''I didn't know if it would clear the wall,'' Bailey said. ''When it did, I ran around the bases pretty quick.''
Ortiz hit his double in the third, giving him 739 RBIs with the
and breaking a tie with
for 10th place in club history.
The Twins made it 5-2 in the fourth on
's third homer, a double by
and an error by Green at shortstop that allowed Kubel to score on
But Boston scored two more in the fourth against Liriano. A walk to Bailey and a double by Green put runners at second and
third. They scored on
's groundout and
's sacrifice fly.
Liriano already has lost more games than he did in his first full season, 2006, when he was 12-3.
''Yeah, it's bothering me, but it's a long season,'' he said.
Minnesota's final run came in the sixth when Morneau doubled, went to third on a flyout and scored on
In the opener, the
needed another long outing from Wakefield, and the 42-year-old knuckleballer came through.
He struck out four and walked one for his 32nd career complete game. He became the oldest pitcher in
history to pitch a complete game - breaking the record he set in his previous start, when he rescued a beleaguered bullpen
by taking a no-hitter into the eighth against Oakland.
Wakefield is the oldest pitcher to throw back-to-back complete games since fellow knuckleballer
, who was 44 when he did it in 1992 for the
Chicago White Sox
''Kind of fell into that one by accident,'' Wakefield said. ''I'll take it.''
His outing left the
bullpen rested for the second game after the teams couldn't quite finish seven innings before umpires brought out the tarp.
''We'll take 'em however we can get 'em,'' Francona said. ''The weather cooperated enough that it didn't get in the way of
his outing, and we didn't bring anyone else in, either.''
The game was called after a 1-hour, 25-minute delay - Boston's first rain-shortened game since Oct. 1, 2006, when
threw an unofficial, five-inning no-hitter. In an odd twist, Hansack was released before Wednesday's game to make room on
the roster for Bailey.
The decision to end the first game and try to play the second - instead of waiting out the rain to get in one full game -
was made by the umpires.
''When you're down 10-1 with two men still on - it's kind of a little silly there. How many times are you going to wait four,
five hours for a rain delay?'' Gardenhire said. ''Waiting around like that, umpires aren't going to do that. ... But definitely
the score of the game makes it a little easier to bang this game. What are you going to say?''
(0-2) gave up a two-run homer in each of the first three innings and the
added four runs in the seventh before the tarp came out.
doubled and scored on Morneau's single in the fifth for Minnesota's only run.
Notes: It was Francona's 50th birthday. ... In the second game, the
wore green caps and uniforms with green letters and numbers to mark Earth Day. ... Boston SS
, on the disabled list following right knee surgery, went 0-for-3 with a walk in a rehab game for Triple-A Pawtucket. He said
he'll be with Pawtucket on Friday when it begins a three-game series at Lehigh Valley, then join the
in Cleveland on Monday. ''I can't wait,'' Lugo said. ''It's been a long time since I've played up there. It's going to a thrill
for me to go back.''