BOSTON — The bullpen made it tight, but the Red Sox were able to edge out the Twins Tuesday night as they beat them by a final score of 11-9 to take the series opener.
A pair of solo homers from Twins’ Jorge Polanco in the first inning and Red Sox’ Travis Shaw in the third knotted it up at 1-1. The Twins took the lead in the fourth though, as Miguel Sano grounded a two-run single up the middle to give Minnesota the 3-1 lead.
Boston would answer right back however, as Hunter Renfroe scorched a two-out, three-run long ball over the Green Monster in the fourth to give the Sox their first lead of the night, and make it 4-3.
The Sox added to their lead in the fifth, as Rafael Devers’ RBI ground-rule double over the right field wall and Alex Verdugo’s two-run double into center would make it 7-3 before Renfroe jacked a two-run bomb to cap off Boston’s five-run inning.
Martin Perez summoned a run on a groundout in the sixth, and he started the seventh but gave up a two-run homer after Shaw’s fielding error. Hirokazu Sawamura would relieve Perez, but would run into some trouble. He let up both a walk and a base hit, and a wild pitch would move them both into scoring position. With two outs, it looked like he struck out Nick Gordon, but the umpire ruled it a foul ball as he apparently tipped it. He then cut the Twins’ deficit to one with a single up the middle that plated two.
Adam Ottavino hurled a clean eighth for Boston, and the Sox would get some insurance runs as Kiké Hernandez, on his birthday, scorched a two-run blast off the Green Monster foul pole to make it 11-8.
Josh Donaldson swatted a leadoff big fly off Matt Barnes to cut the deficit to two in the ninth. Barnes followed that up with back-to-back walks to put two on with nobody out, and Hansel Robles was called from the bullpen.
Robles struck out Gordon, and struck out the dangerous Miguel Sano. Jake Cave worked a full count, but lined out to Christian Arroyo to end the ballgame.