BOSTON — The Red Sox hit the snooze button with runners in scoring position Wednesday night, as they were able to rally in the ninth to send it to extras but they fell in 10 innings after a five-run 10th from the Twins.
Nick Pivetta was barely able to get out of the first scoreless after both a walk and a base hit to lead off the frame, as he was able to retire the next three batters to end the inning scoreless.
Pivetta would walk the leadoff batter to start the second, and would put two on with nobody out as he hit the second hitter on an 0-2 pitch. The righty then served up an RBI single to Andrelton Simmons as the Twins took the lead.
Miguel Sano absolutely pulverized a solo jack in the third, as he left the park with a 495-foot bomb, the longest homer anybody has hit this season in all of major-league baseball.
The Sox had a first and second chance in the third inning with two outs after a pair of base hits from Christian Vazquez and Kyle Schwarber, but Xander Bogaerts failed to cash in as he flied out to end the inning.
Jorge Polanco lifted a two-run shot over the bullpen and into the right field seats to give the Twins the 4-0 lead in the fourth. Pivetta’s night was ended after just four.
In the sixth, Boston had runners on first and third and just one out after a sac fly moved Schwarber over to third, but they were unable to capitalize again as J.D. Martinez flied out to right, but it wasn’t deep enough for Schwarber at third. Alex Verdugo then popped out to third base on the first pitch of the at-bat after he was jammed on a high fastball to retire the side.
The Red Sox were able to get on the board in the seventh, as Christian Vazquez plated Travis Shaw, who doubled. Kike Hernandez blooped a single into center to put runners on second and third with nobody out, but Bogaerts failed to cash in again as he struck out looking to retire the side.
After Alex Verdugo’s single in the eighth, Hunter Renfroe hit a long single off the monster, as Alex Verdugo stopped at third. But a bad throw in to second base let Verdugo hustle in to score, as he cut Boston’s deficit to two.
Kevin Plawecki, a pinch-hitter for Shaw, was drilled by a pitch to put two on with two out in the eighth. He seemed to be okay, but he he was pinch ran for by Bobby Dalbec and Dalbec took over at first base in the ninth. The Sox came up short yet again with runners in scoring position though, as Christian Vazquez grounded out to blow Boston’s chances and retire the side.
Austin Davis hurled 2 2/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, while Hirokazu Sawamura grabbed the las out of the seventh. Martin Perez and Josh Taylor then each notched scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth.
The Red Sox immediately had life in the ninth though. Hernandez stroked a leadoff double into right-center, and Schwarber mashed his first big fly as a member of the Red Sox with a two-run shot six rows into the center field seats.
Bogaerts than added a single with still nobody out, and Rafael Devers walked to put two on with still nobody out. Martinez moved Bogaerts over to third with a sac fly. However, Alex Verdugo struck out, and Renfroe popped out to send it to extras.
Hansel Robles had the 10th, but with the runner starting out on second, he served up a two-run leadoff big fly to Josh Donaldson. Robles then let up a single and hit a guy, before giving up a three-run homer off the bat of Jake Cave to make it 9-4.
Dalbec singled to put runners on first and third to lead off the bottom of the 10th, but Christian Vazquez grounded into a double play to bring in a run, but give the Sox no outs left to spare.
Hernandez was able to cut the deficit to three with a solo homer over the Green Monster, but Schwarber popped out to end the ballgame.
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