BOSTON – The Twins had managed to keep the Red Sox bats quiet for the better part of the first two games of their four-game weekend series at Fenway.
That wasn’t the case Saturday night.
The Red Sox smashed 14 hits as part of a 10-4 win over Minnesota. The Sox put the game out of reach with a four-run eighth inning.
J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his Major League-leading 32nd blast of the season. Mookie Betts had two run-scoring doubles as part of a 2-for-5 night. Andrew Benintendi also went 2-for-5 with a run batted in.
Rick Porcello (13-4) delivered an uneven performance in a winning effort, allowing four runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Heath Hembree tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Porcello.
Tyler Thornburg held a two-run lead with a 1-2-3 eighth as manager Alex Cora inserted the righty into one of his highest-leverage situations to date in a Red Sox uniform.
Joe Kelly pitched a scoreless ninth.
Rafael Devers pulled his left hamstring running the bases in the eighth inning. Alex Cora indicated postgame that a DL trip is likely for the third baseman.
How it happened:
Mitch Moreland got Boston on the board right away with a single in the first inning, scoring Benintendi. The Sox threatened to do more damage, but Eduardo Nunez grounded to first and left the bases loaded.
Twins DH Logan Morrison tied the game in the top of the second with a solo home run off Porcello.
Minnesota plated three runs in the third. With two on and two out, Jorge Polanco tripled, putting the Twins up 3-1. Polanco scored on a Brian Dozier single.
The Sox stormed back in the home half of the fourth. Jackie Bradley Jr. knocked a triple, scoring Rafael Devers and Sandy Leon. A double by Betts tied the game 4-4. All of the runs came with two outs.
Martinez hit a deep home run over the Green Monster, putting Boston back in the lead 5-4 in the fifth.
Benintendi gave the Sox a 6-4 lead with a run-scoring single in the sixth.
The Sox burst the game open in the bottom of the eighth. Betts doubled in Bradley, putting Boston up 7-4. The Twins chose to intentionally walk Martinez and Xander Bogaerts to set up a bases-loaded, lefty-lefty matchup with Rafael Devers at the plate and two men out. Taylor Rogers walked Devers to force in the run. Nunez knocked a two-RBI double to extend Boston’s lead to 10-4.
Nathan Eovaldi makes his Red Sox debut in Sunday’s series finale against the Twins. Minnesota will counter with right-hander Jose Barrios (10-7, 3.48 ERA).