The Boston Red Sox successfully avoided a sweep at the hands of the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, taking their series finale at Target Field by a 9-2 final.
The effort was truly led by the pitching of Rick Porcello, who brought tremendous pace to the mound, and allowed just one hit and struck out five batters in seven innings of work. It was enough for Porcello’s third win in his last five outings, and giving No. 22 his ninth win of the season. That total ties Porcello with six other pitchers for the most wins in baseball.
And in a road trip defined by the shortcomings of the bottom of the Boston lineup it was… the top half that once again carried the offensive production for the Sox.
In what finished as a 16-hit afternoon for the Red Sox as a team, Boston’s one through four hitters went a combined 9-for-19 at the plate, with two home runs and four RBIs. The homers came off the bat of Mookie Betts (a solo shot good for his 19th of the season) and Andrew Benintendi (his two-run bomb officially put this game out of reach for the Twins).
A nice little uppercut nuke from Benintendi to put this game out of reach. pic.twitter.com/4R5yeHoJmw— Crooked Numbers Podcast (@Crooked_Numbers) June 21, 2018
Rafael Devers was the only Sox starter to go without a hit in the win, as he finished 0-for-5 at the plate.
After a 6-4 road trip that included stops in Baltimore, Seattle, and Minnesota, the Red Sox return back to Boston, where they will begin a six-game homestand Friday night against the Mariners.