MINNEAPOLIS -- Every day brings new surprises for Shea Hillenbrand.
The rookie third baseman drove in three runs as the Boston Red Sox beat Minnesota 5-2 Tuesday night, but his throwing error also led to the Twins' first run.
Hillenbrand hit an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run single in the ninth. But he threw away Luis Rivas' grounder with two outs in the seventh, allowing Cristian Guzman to score from second.
"Failure's going to happen," Hillenbrand said. "I'm going to fail a lot at third base. I'm going to learn from my mistakes. I'm going to make errors and spectacular plays."
Hillenbrand, who had never played above Double-A before this season, got his opportunity because of an injury to Boston third baseman John Valentin.
Hillenbrand has made the most of it, batting .305 with four homers, 10 doubles and 20 RBIs. He can play a variety of positions, including catcher and outfield.
Frank Castillo (4-2) gave up two hits and four walks in six shutout innings for the Red Sox, the longest of his eight starts this season. The AL East leaders won their third straight.
The Twins, who lead the AL Central, have managed only 15 hits off Boston starting pitchers over 25 innings in four games this season.
The Red Sox lead the major leagues with a 3.26 ERA and add a pair of new starters to their rotation in the next two days.
Tim Wakefield (1-0) will make his first start of the season Wednesday night. David Cone joined the team following a minor league rehabilitation assignment in Florida for a shoulder injury. Cone will start Thursday.
The Red Sox sent Tomo Ohka and Paxton Crawford to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Cone and right-hander Hipolito Pichardo, who also came off the disabled list.
"They have a good pitching staff," Minnesota's Denny Hocking said. "Look at the two guys they had to send out. I asked if we could have those guys."
Castillo loaded the bases with two outs in the first on two walks and a hit batter, then got Chad Allen to ground into a fielder's choice. Castillo stranded seven runners, five in the first three innings.
"From the third inning on, I thought he settled in pretty darned good," Red Sox manager Jimy Williams said.
A bank of the Metrodome's lights went out in the fifth inning, causing an 18-minute delay. The light failure apparently was caused by a power surge that affected downtown Minneapolis.
Twins manager Tom Kelly said crew chief Mark Hirschbeck asked him if they wanted to play under the dimmed lights.
"I said no, then I thought maybe we should," Kelly said. "We hadn't done anything, anyway."
Dante Bichette also had an RBI single in the first for Boston, and Carl Everett added a run-scoring single in the fifth off Mark Redman (2-4).
Redman gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings. Hillenbrand's two-run single in the ninth came off Travis Miller.
Guzman hit an RBI single off Derek Lowe in the ninth.
Notes: Minnesota DH David Ortiz is to undergo surgery Thursday on his right wrist, which was broken May 5. ... Bichette has hit safely in 14 consecutive games. ... Boston's Jose Offerman has a nine-game hitting streak. ... Guzman extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Minnesota's Doug Mientkiewicz had his hitting streak snapped at nine games.
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