Minnesota Twins defeat Boston Red Sox 4-1
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The Red Sox offense was left stagnant in their first game against the Twins in this mid-June series, and their bats met the same fate in the team’s second game in Minnesota.
Boston was held to one run on Wednesday night as Minnesota starter Lance Lynn went five strong innings. While he surrendered five walks, Lynn gave up no earned runs, holding the Red Sox bats in check for the majority of his start. The only Boston run was sorrowfully scratched across in the top of the second on a mistake as Mitch Moreland scored on a throwing error on a routine JBJ groundout.
The long ball was the downfall of the Sox, as Robbie Grossman started the trend early with a first inning solo-shot off David Price to give the Twins the lead. Max Kepler later went deep in the bottom of the fourth, a two-run shot that put the Twins up 3-1. Brian Dozier added insurance for Minnesota with an RBI-double in the eighth that buried any hopes of a comeback in the second game of the series for Boston.
Despite the loss, Price showed out for another strong start. This was his eighth straight appearance with three or fewer earned runs, going at least five innings in each of those starts. Those previous seven starts resulted in a win for the Sox. Price now stands with an 8-4 record and a 3.76 ERA. The Red Sox offense disappointed for a second night in a row against the sub-.500 Twins. After Chris Sale went seven solid innings of two run baseball a night before with only one one run in support and a no-decision, Price faced a very similar scenario Wednesday as the offense could muster only one early run, resulting in a second straight Sox loss.
After the loss, Boston finds themselves two games back of the division leading Yankees, who have won their last three games. The Red Sox look to grab at least one game against Minnesota on Thursday night, as Porcello (8-3, 3.70) will take the start against the Twins’ Kyle Gibson (2-4, 3.27). This will be the final game of the road-trip, with a six-game Fenway series beginning on Friday against Seattle.