Twins rally fails against Red Sox – InForum
MINNEAPOLIS – Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam and drove in five runs and JD Martinez also homered as the Boston Red Sox took a five-run lead then held on to a 6-5 win over the Boston Twins. Minnesota Thursday night in Minneapolis. .
Bogaerts also doubled and stole a base while extending his hitting streak at Target Field to 18 games, the longest by an opposing player in stadium history. It was also his sixth multi-hit game in his last seven games.
Boston’s Kevin Plawecki went 3-for-4 with a brace and scored two runs, and Trevor Story also had three hits. The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak while winning only the third time in the last 10 games.
Michael Wacha (10-1) won his fourth straight start, allowing two runs on four hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out seven. Matt Barnes threw a first single and walked to open the ninth and finished with his fourth save.
Luis Arraez homered and drove in three runs, Nick Gordon had two doubles and two RBIs and Gio Urshela and Max Kepler each added two hits for Minnesota, which ended its five-game winning streak. Joe Ryan (10-7) allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings while striking out eight and walking one.
Boston took a 5-0 lead in the third inning.
Bogaerts started the scoring with his sixth career Grand Slam, a line drive in the front row of the left field bleachers that clocked in at 113 mph, the hardest hit home run of the Statcast era (since 2015) . It was his 12th homer of the season and also broke a tie with Nomar Garciaparra and Vern Stephens for most Grand Slams by a Red Sox shortstop.
Martinez followed one up later with his 11th home run of the season.
After Arraez cut it to 5-2 late in the third with a two-run homer, Bogaerts extended the lead to 6-2 in the sixth. His two-out brace led to Plawecki, who had opened the inning with a brace.
Arraez made it 6-3 in the seventh with a sacrifice fly, hitting Gordon, who had doubled. Gordon added a two-run brace off the right side of the field in the eighth to cut the deficit to one, but was sent off in the third trying to stretch it into a triple.
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