BOSTON -- Shutouts, not records, were on Scott Erickson's mind last night.
Erickson stretched his scoreless streak to 30 innings -- matching Frank Viola's Minnesota record -- before tiring in the ninth inning as the Twins beat the Boston Red Sox, 9-3.
Erickson (4-2) beat Seattle, 6-0, on April 26 and Boston, 1-0, last Wednesday. He pitched eight scoreless innings before allowing a three-run homer in the ninth to Tom Brunansky, his fifth home run of the season.
"I was hoping he'd miss it, but he didn't," said Erickson, who knew the pitch was a mistake as soon as he released it. "A fastball that didn't run," Erickson called it.
Viola set the club record in 1988. That, however, wasn't on Erickson's mind.
"I wasn't thinking about any record, but sure I wanted the shutout," the right-hander said. "Who doesn't want a shutout? Every pitcher wants a shutout every time he goes out there."
Erickson (4-2) has won four consecutive starts. He allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked two as the Twins won their third straight. Minnesota has won 11 of 15 since a seven-game losing streak in mid-April.
"We were trying to get the shutout, but obviously Mr. Brunansky didn't cooperate," Minnesota manager Tom Kelly said. "But Scottie was really in control of the game. The kid pitched another great game."
Greg Harris (1-3), who also pitched against Erickson last week, gave up three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Kirby Puckett hit a run-scoring single in the first and Minnesota made it 3-0 in the fifth on Chuck Knoblauch's sacrifice fly off Harris and Chili Davis' RBI double off Dana Kiecker.