The Boston Red Sox stayed red hot with the bats as they cruised to an easy 13-2 win over the Minnesota Twins in the series opener.

Boston had 17 hits in the contest and chased Todd Duffey from the game after just 2.1 innings pitched.  Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr, and David Ortiz all had home runs in the contest, while Dustin Pedroia went 5-5 and recorded three runs.  The blast from Ortiz was his 24th of the season and he also chipped in with four runs batted in.

Steven Wright picked up his 12th win of the year with eight innings pitched of two run ball.  He added nine strikeouts and took a perfect game into the fifth inning.  Clay Buchholz finished the game with a clean ninth inning to seal the win.

Boston is now 54-39 on the season and maintained its one half game lead on the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East Division race after the Os beat the Yankees 4-1 on Thursday afternoon.  Eduardo Rodriguez gets the start for the Sox on Friday night against Kyle Gibson at 7:10 p.m.