Bogaerts Grand Slam Backs Wacha, Red Sox Beat Twins 6-5 – Boston News, Weather, Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam and drove in five carries, JD Martinez also hit a homer to help Michael Wacha’s strong start for Boston, and the Red Sox held on Wednesday night to defeat the Minnesota Twins with 6: 5 to beat.

Bogaerts and Martinez went deep during a five-run third inning against Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Bogaerts added a double in the sixth RBI as Boston broke a three-game losing streak.

Wacha (10-1) won his seventh straight decision, bringing two runs with four hits in six innings and batting out seven. Garrett Whitlock gave up three runs in two innings of relief. Matt Barnes allowed the first two batters in the ninth but ended his fourth save.

Ryan (10-7) gave up five runs with eight hits in five innings. He had only allowed four runs over his previous three starts spanning 17 2/3 innings.

The Twins lost for the first time in six games but lost no ground in the AL Central. Cleveland, who lost 4-0 to Baltimore, leads the division with 1 1/2 games.

Bogaerts and Wacha have tried to keep Boston in the playoffs, but the Red Sox had lost seven of nine on Wednesday. They are eight games behind Toronto for the last wild card spot.

Bogaerts has multiple hits in six of his last seven games and is 13-28 at this stretch, taking his batting average to a .308.

His sixth career grand slam was a liner to the left that just sneaked over the plants lining the outfield fence. It was the second consecutive game with a Grand Slam in the series; Nick Gordon hit one for the Twins on Tuesday night.

Two batters later, Martinez hit his 11th homer of the season.

Wacha has been Boston’s most consistent starter. He’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his last seven games.

The Twins had 14 runs in the first two games of the series, but Wacha unsuccessfully held them until Sandy León folded with two outs in the third. Luis Arraez followed with a double homer, his eighth of the year.

Gordon had a two-run double in heat eight but was kicked out trying to get third place to finish the inning.

CHANGE PAGE

Minnesota challenged LHP Austin Davis to pre-game waivers from Boston. Davis was 2-1 with a 5.47 ERA in 50 games for the Red Sox this season and was selected for action Monday. Davis is likely to join the Twins’ active squad on Thursday.

TRAINING ROOM

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to host a bullpen session Friday.

Twins: 2B Jorge Polanco missed his fourth straight game. Polanco is dealing with an unspecified knee injury. Manager Rocco Baldelli said Polanco could have been available if needed.

NEXT

Red Sox: Back home for a four-game series against Texas, Boston will have LHP Rich Hill (6-5, 4.32 ERA) on the mound. Rangers start RHP Glenn Otto (6-8, 4.79). Hill has gone seven scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts in his last start against Tampa Bay.

Twins: Minnesota begins a road swing Friday with the first of three games against the White Sox. RHP Sonny Gray (7-4, 3.04) will start Friday’s game and Chicago will counter with RHP Davis Martin (2-4, 4.62). Gray has given up two heats or fewer in six of his last seven starts.

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