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Final: Red Sox 9, Twins 4

Surviving a rocky first four innings from Eduardo Rodriguez, the Red Sox bashed out 12 hits and beat the Minnesota Twins 9-4, taking the series from the Twins and finishing off a 5-1 road trip.

The Sox got five RBI from the bottom half of their order. Brock Holt knocked in three and Michael Chavis added two more.

Rodriguez allowed four runs in the first four innings, but gave the Sox three shutout innings from there on, going 111 pitches and seven innings on a night when the Boston bullpen was spent from the 17-inning game Tuesday night.

WHO: Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins
WHEN: 8:10 p.m.
WHERE: Target Field
SERIES TO DATE: 1-1
STARTING PITCHERS: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (7-4, 4.67) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (7-3, 3.70)
TV/RADIO: NESN/93.7 FM

IN-GAME OBSERVATIONS:

11:08  Rare example of the Red Sox successfully adding on runs late in a close game.

10:55  Triple from Betts and double from Benintendi -- both hit the other way -- produces an insurance run for the Sox in the eighth.

10:37  Give Rodriguez credit - he's really settled down as the game has progressed. After giving up the second homer in the fourth, he's retired eight of the next nine.

10:28 Bogaerts is out on replay challenge but you have to give him credit for making the adjustment and the athleticism he displayed in trying to avoid the tag of first baseman C.J. Cron.

10:01 Go-ahead sacrifice fly from Brock Holt and run-scoring single from Chavis gives the Sox a two-run lead, as Gibson leaves in favor of Ryne Harper.

9:56  Rafael Devers leaves the game with what appears to be a leg injury of some sort. Seems like it first developed when he beat out a slow roller to third to start the inning. Eduardo Nunez takes over at third.

9:55  Xander Bogaerts gets a hanging curveball and ropes it to left, scoring Martinez and sending Devers to third. Bogaerts has been the team's most consistent run producer all season.

9:40  Max Kepler is killing the Red Sox. On Tuesday night, he tied the game with a run-scoring single in the eighth and again in the 13th with leadoff homer. And now, he gives the Twins their second homer of the inning, launching a slider at the bottom of the strike zone, giving the Twins their first lead of the night.

9:38  Rodriguez tried to get ahead with a first-pitch fastball and Williams Astudillo drives it out to left-center to tie the game.

9:35  In half of the first four innings, the Sox have left multiple baserunners on -- the bases loaded in the second, and second-and-third there in the fourth.

9:17  Second walk this inning and third in the game for Rodriguez, who walked a total of two hitters in his last three outings combined before tonight. And the walks hurt him as an opposite field ground ball single by Luis Arraez delivers a run.

8:55  The last thing you want following a three-run inning is for your starting pitcher to issue a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning. And yet, that's what Eduardo Rodriguez just did.

8:51  Red Sox get three, but leave the bases loaded. We'll see if the failure to really blow the game open early comes back to haunt them later.

8:46  Dribbler by Mookie Betts scores another and the Sox lead 3-1. One thing to consider is how much they're making Gibson work here in the second inning, with a high pitch count. That's particularly significant given the workload both bullpens had last night. He's approaching 40 pitches in this inning alone.

8:39 Red Sox having much better at-bats against Kyle Gibson in the second, with three hits and two walks, producing two runs.

 

LINEUPS

RED SOX

Betts DH
Benintendi LF
Martinez RF
Devers 3B
Bogaerts SS
Holt 2B
Chavis 1B
Bradley CF
Leon C

TWINS

Kepler RF
Cron 1B
Cruz DH
Rosario LF
Sano 3B
Arraez SS
Cave CF
Astudillo 2B
Castro C

 

 

WHAT'S UP: The Red Sox saw their six-game winning streak snapped in frustrating fashion with a 17-inning, 4-3 loss Tuesday night in the longest game played in the history of Target Field...The Sox also saw their eight-game road winning streak snapped...The game was the longest by innings for the Red Sox since a 19-inning game on Sept. 5, 2017 when they beat Toronto, 3-2 at Fenway Park...It's their longest on the road since they beat the Yankees 6-5 in 19 innings on April 10, 2015...In terms of time of game -- the game took five hours and 45 minutes -- it was the longest -- in time elapsed -- since the Sox played a 17-inning game at Tampa Bay on Sept. 15, 2017 which lasted "only'' 15 innings but took six hours and five minutes to play...The Sox are 11-1 in their last 12 getaway days and 16-7 in series finales this season with a 14-3 record in such games over their last 17....Rafael Devers leads the American League with 16 go-ahead RBI and game-winning RBI (10)….Overall, the Red Sox are first in the American League in hits (691) and are third in batting average (.261), OBP (.338), OPS (.784), runs scored (399) and doubles (142)….The Sox have belted 16 homers in their last six games, with eight different players contributing home runs....Red Sox pitchers lead MLB in strikeouts (755) and are second in the majors in strikeouts-per-nine innings (9.97)….The Sox have three of the top four players in runs scored in the American League with Mookie Betts tied for first (57), Xander Bogaerts third (56) and Devers fourth (53)….Jackie Bradley Jr owns the fourth-best OPS in the A.L. since May 20 at 1.016...Brock Holt is batting .367 since coming off the IL. He had three hits Tuesday night -- each coming in extra innings....Michael Chavis extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the 14th inning...Christian Vazquez has a six-game hitting streak, during which time he's batting .367 (11-for-30)….Andrew Benintendi has a four-game hitting streak....Sandy Leon is hitless in his last seven at-bats...The Red Sox a Eduardo Rodriguez's last 12 starts....Over his last four starts, his ERA sits at 2.96....Over his last three starts, his strikeout to walk ratio is 18-2....Rodriguez has pitched at least five innings in each of his last eight starts and 11 of his last 12...Lifetime, he's 1-1 with a 3.91 in four starts...Nelson Cruz is just 2-for-12 (.167) in his career against Rodriguez while Max Kepler is 3-for-7 (.429)....Against Twins starter Kyle Gibson, Betts is 6-for-16 with three homers while Martinez is 10-for-31 (.323) with two homers....