Boston Red Sox

Sep 3, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco (11) is congratulated by first baseman C.J. Cron (24) after scoring a run against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox were once again put in a hole by starting pitcher Rick Porcello and saw a comeback attempt fall short in a 6-5 loss to the Central-leading Twins Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

The Sox couldn’t recover after the Twins lit up Porcello for six runs on eight hits over four innings of work. Home runs were a problem again for Porcello, who served up long balls to Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sano.

Trailing 6-0, the Sox put up four runs in the sixth inning to get themselves back in the game, led by Rafael Devers’ three-run homer to cap off the frame.

Andrew Benintendi hit a solo shot in the eighth, but the Sox couldn’t bring home the tying run in the ninth, as Mookie Betts grounded out and Devers struck out to strand Marco Hernandez at second to end the game.

The Red Sox are 5 1/2 games behind Cleveland for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.