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Betts led off bottom of 10th inning, Red Sox snaps losing streak with 4-3 victory over Twins

The Red Sox, who got another brilliant start from Chris Sale, improved to 35-14 at Fenway Park, where they have also won 11 of their last 13 games. Reliever Tyler Thornburg (1-0) picked up the win.


Reuters 28 Jul 2018, 03:07 AM United States
  • The Red Sox, who got another brilliant start from Chris Sale, improved to 35-14 at Fenway Park, where they have also won 11 of their last 13 games. Reliever Tyler Thornburg (1-0) picked up the win. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mookie Betts led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a home run as the Boston Red Sox snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night at Fenway Park.

It was Betts' 25th homer of the season and his first career walk-off homer. The blast over the Green Monster in left field came on the second pitch of the inning from Matt Belisle (1-1).

Rafael Devers and Jackie Bradley Jr. also homered and Eduardo Nunez had two hits for Boston which moved five games ahead of the second-place New York Yankees in the American League's East Division.

The Red Sox, who got another brilliant start from Chris Sale, improved to 35-14 at Fenway Park, where they have also won 11 of their last 13 games. Reliever Tyler Thornburg (1-0) picked up the win.

Sale allowed three hits and two walks over six shutout innings while striking out 10, breaking his own American League record for the fastest to 200 strikeouts in the process.

Sale struck out the side in the first inning to hit the 200-strikeout mark in 136 innings, which according to Elias Sports Bureau, broke the record of 141 1/3 innings set by Sale last season.

Sale has allowed just one run on 21 hits over 39 innings in his last six starts, an ERA of 0.23. He has struck out 67 and walked six during that span.

Eddie Rosario had a two-run go-ahead double off Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel with two outs in the ninth, and Jorge Polanco also had two hits for Minnesota, which had a four-game winning streak snapped. The Twins also fell to 6-18 in one-run games this season.

Sale, who had allowed just one run in his five previous starts, started strong, striking out five of the first seven batters he faced.

The Twins loaded the bases in the fourth, sandwiching two-out walks to Ehire Adrianza and Robbie Grossman around hitting Max Kepler with a pitch. But Sale buckled down and blew a 3-2 fastball past rookie center fielder Jake Cave to end the 29-pitch inning.

The Red Sox then took a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the fifth on Bradley's towering one-out homer to left-center off Minnesota starter Lance Lynn, driving in Nunez, who had opened the inning with a line double off the middle of the Green Monster in left.

The Twins cut it to 2-1 in the seventh when Kepler led off with a double to left, advanced to third on a groundout and then scored on a broken bat grounder by Cave that skipped past Nunez into right field for an error.

Rosario then gave put the Twins ahead in the ninth with a double off the Green Monster in left-center, driving in Polanco and Grossman, who had both walked.

But Devers tied it leading off the bottom of the ninth against Fernando Rodney when he lined his 15th homer of the year just over the glove of Kepler into the bullpen in right.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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