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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 10-4 on Saturday night. With the victory, Boston ascends to 73-33 on the season while Minnesota drops to 66-37 with the loss. Rick Porcello started the game for the Red Sox and Jake Odorizzi did the same for the Twins. The game was played at Fenway Park in Boston.
Fresh off one of the most memorable games of the season (Mookie Mania), the Red Sox bats came alive in the contest. The team recorded 14 hits in the game, eight of which were of the extra-base variety. J.D. Martinez blasted his 32nd long ball of the 2018 season, which remains the highest total in baseball. Also of note: Jackie Bradley Jr. and Eduardo Nunez launched triples to deep center field.
Rick Porcello struggled early in the game, forfeiting four runs to the Twins in the first three innings. He ended up finding a bit of a groove after that, however. The right-hander finished the game allowing four earned runs, striking out five and walking one in 5 and 2/3 innings of work.
In fact, Boston trailed 4-1 after the 3rd inning. It took the two-RBI triple from JBJ and a Mookie Betts double down the left-field line to tie the game in the bottom 4th. Martinez’s solo blast over the Green Monster was the go-ahead shot.
Heath Hembree and Tyler Thornburg were crucial in the 6th through 8th inning. Hembree came in the top 6th with a runner on, swiftly getting the out. He pitched the 7th and shut the Twins down while Thornburg threw a perfect 8th. Between them, they went 2 and 1/3 innings, allowing no runs and one hit.
The maligned Joe Kelly entered the game in the top 9th with a cushiony 10-4 lead. He actually looked sharp, recording two strikeouts and two weak groundballs.
The Boston Red Sox will take on the Minnesota Twins at 1:05 p.m. eastern on Sunday. Nathan Eovaldi will make his Red Sox debut, opposing Twins ace Jose Berrios. It will be the final contest of the four-game series.