MINNEAPOLIS – The Red Sox had plenty of chances to extend their winning streak to seven games.
The bullpen just wouldn’t let it happen.
The Sox blew two leads, one in the eighth and one in the 13th, before falling to the Twins in 17 innings 4-3. Boston relievers have combined to blow 14 saves in 2019.
Twins outfielder Max Kepler tied the game in the 13th inning with a solo home run off Hector Velazquez before winning it in the 17th with a run-scoring single off Brian Johnson.
The Red Sox had a 3-2 lead in extras after Mookie Betts hit a solo home run in the 13th inning. The Sox also led 2-1 in the seventh after Rafael Devers hit a solo shot.
But Brandon Workman would give up the tying run in the eighth inning on a Kepler single. Workman’s lack of control cost him, walking two men in the inning.
David Price left the game after throwing just 73 pitches over five innings of work. The Red Sox said it was not injury related.
Price gave up four hits and struck out two. He was charged with one run on an RBI single by C.J. Cron in the fourth inning.
Michael Pineda was pulled from the game after cruising through six innings and throwing 80 pitches.
The Sox and Twins will wrap up the series Wednesday night. Eduardo Rodriguez (7-4, 4.67 ERA) will take the ball against Kyle Gibson (7-3, 3.70 ERA).