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Associated Press, Published May 07 2013

Diamond's solid effort helps Twins top Boston

BOSTON – The Minnesota Twins aren’t taking any chances with Scott Diamond’s surgically repaired left elbow.

On Tuesday night, he didn’t give the Boston Red Sox many.

Diamond allowed three hits in seven shutout innings, Ryan Doumit hit his first homer of the season and the Twins beat the Red Sox 6-1.

Diamond said he still felt strong when he left the game but understands the cautious approach less than five months after the operation.

“This is only my (fifth) start after surgery,” he said, “so I feel it was a smart play.”

Diamond (3-2) is having a strong season after a rookie year in which he went 12-7 with a 3.54 ERA. He’s allowed three or fewer runs in four of his five outings.

On Tuesday, he retired his last 15 batters, didn’t allow a runner past second base, struck out two and walked none.

“Diamond was great for us,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said, but “coming off the elbow thing, we’re really a little leery of” letting him throw too many pitches.

He threw 96 against Boston after tossing 78, 97, 97 and 88 in his other starts.

“Everything’s kind of been getting back in sync,” Diamond said. “That’s the focus now, just continue to build and get stronger.”

His approach to the game hasn’t changed even if he’s not pitching as long as he’d like. He still prepares intensely and throws aggressively.

“I might as well have taken a rocking chair out there. He makes it real easy,” Doumit, his catcher, said. “He’s one of the most prepared pitchers I’ve ever been around.”

David Ortiz got one of the hits off Diamond, a leadoff single in the second that stretched his hitting streak to 27 games, a run that began before he sustained a season-ending injury in August. He has at least one hit in all 15 games he’s played this season.

Ryan Dempster (2-3) pitched well for Boston and left trailing 2-0 in the top of the eighth after third baseman Pedro Ciriaco made errors on the first two batters, putting runners at first and third. That led to four runs, three of them unearned, as the Twins took a 6-0 lead.

The Red Sox entered the game with the best record in the majors, but have scored just 11 runs while losing four of their past five games.

They also lost two players after they collided chasing a foul pop by Chris Parmelee in the fifth near the low wall about halfway between home plate and third base.

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks caught it, but catcher David Ross slid into him, forcing his back to hit the wall. Ross left later in the fifth with a left thigh contusion and Middlebrooks was replaced by Ciriaco to start the seventh because of pain in his right side.

Minnesota Boston

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Carroll ss 5 1 0 0 Ellsury cf 3 0 1 0

Mauer dh 4 1 2 1 Victorn rf 4 0 0 0

Wlngh lf 3 0 0 0 Pedroia 2b 3 0 0 0

Mornea 1b 4 1 2 1 D.Ortiz dh 4 0 1 0

Plouffe 3b 4 0 1 1 Napoli 1b 3 0 0 0

Doumit c 4 2 2 1 JGoms lf 3 0 0 0

Parmel rf 4 0 0 0 Mdlrks 3b 2 0 0 0

WRmrz cf 3 0 1 1 Ciriaco 3b 1 0 0 0

Hicks cf 1 0 0 0 Drew ss 3 0 1 0

Dozier 2b 4 1 0 0 D.Ross c 1 0 0 0

Sltlmch c 2 1 1 1

Totals 36 6 8 5 Totals 29 1 4 1

Minnesota 000 010 140— 6

Boston 000 000 001— 1

E—Saltalamacchia (3), Ciriaco 2 (4). DP—Minnesota 2, Boston 1. LOB—Minnesota 6, Boston 3. 2B—Mauer (9), Doumit (8). HR—Doumit (1), Saltalamacchia (4).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Diamond W,3-2 7 3 0 0 0 2

Roenicke 2 1 1 1 2 1

Boston

Dempster L,2-3 7 5 4 2 1 8

Breslow 0 3 2 1 1 0

A.Wilson 2 0 0 0 1 1

Dempster pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

Breslow pitched to 4 batters in the 8th.

Balk—Dempster.

T—3:01 (Rain delay: 0:03). A—30,549 (37,499).