The Minnesota Twins have lost five straight and are a season-worst four games under .500. Facing a nine-game road trip, starting with a three-game interleague series against first-place Atlanta on Monday, things could quickly get out of hand if they don't rediscover their offense.
''It's tough to win a ballgame when you don't have any clutch hits,'' Chris Parmelee said after the Twins lost to the Boston Red Sox 5-1 on Sunday in a game interrupted by a three-hour rain delay - the longest ever at Target Field.
Minnesota managed only a single hit against Red Sox starter John Lackey (2-4). Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks homered for Boston, which won its fifth straight.
Pedro Hernandez (2-1) gave up three runs on a season-high nine hits - including Middlebrooks's solo homer in the second - in 4 1-3 innings.
''We need innings and we didn't get it,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''He managed to keep the score at a ...