Martinez Hits MLB-Best 32nd HR, Sox Beat Twins 10-4
The Boston Red Sox overcame an early deficit and pulled away late for a 10-4 win against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park on Saturday night.
Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland knocked in the first run of the game with a single in the first inning.
Logan Morrison tied the game with a solo homer off Rick Porcello in the top of the second.
Jorge Polanco added two more runs for Minnesota with a triple in the third. The next batter, Brian Dozier, knocked in Polanco with a single, putting the Twins ahead 4-1.
Porcello lasted 5.2 innings, earning the win while allowing four runs on five hits and one walk.
The Red Sox came back with a two-run triple by Jackie Bradley Jr. and an RBI double from Mookie Betts to tie the game 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth.
J.D. Martinez swatted his MLB-leading 32nd home of the year in the fifth, a solo shot to left-center field.
Andrew Benintendi's RBI single in the next inning put Boston up 6-4.
The Red Sox added RBI doubles by Betts and Eduardo Nunez in the eighth. Boston scored another run in the inning when Rafael Devers drew a walk with the bases loaded.
Tyler Thornburg pitched the eighth for the Red Sox, retiring the side in order. Thornburg hasn't allowed a baserunner in his last four outings.
Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers left the game with a left hamstring injury. Devers felt some discomfort in his hamstring after his bunt single in the first inning, and then aggravated it rounding second in the eighth.
“We’ll know tomorrow morning,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after the game. “He said he felt it on the bunt early. He felt tight, then it grabbed rounding second. So he’s down there in the trainer’s room. Obviously, we’ll see tomorrow morning when he comes in, but we’ll see.”
The Red Sox are 73-33 and lead the Yankees by 5.5 games in the American League East.