Comeback falls short as Twins fall to Boston, split series
BOSTON The Twins didnt have the rally magic on Sunday as they fell just short in an 8-7 loss to the Red Sox.
The teams ended up splitting the four-game series, a series that included big plays and big innings. The Twins head back home having gone 4-3 on their seven-game road trip to Detroit and Boston.
After Miguel Sanos big error in the fifth put the Twins in a hole, they almost came back as a nervous announced crowd of 36,806 at Fenway Park looked on.
Down 8-3, the Twins refused to concede. Byron Buxton hit a two-run single in the seventh to make it 8-5. Then the Twins loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth, forcing Boston manager John Farrell to replace Matt Barnes with Junichi Tazawa.
Kennys Vargas hit a sacrifice fly to left, as outfielder Bryce Brentz made the catch just before bumping into the wall. Eddie Rosario struck out. But Juan Centeno grounded a 0-2 pitch past a diving Travis Shaw at first for an RBI single to get the Twins within 8-7. Buxton struck out on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt from Tazawa to end the inning.
Brad Ziegler came on to pitch the ninth. He struck out Eduardo Nunez and got Joe Mauer to ground out on the first pitch. That brought up Sano, who had a chance to atone for his error. Sano worked the count full before striking out to end the game.
The Twins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Max Kepler reached first on Xander Bogaerts tough error on a hard-hit grounder. Kennys Vargas walked but was forced out at second when Eddie Rosario hit into a fielders choice.
With runners on first and third, Juan Centeno blasted a double to left-center field, scoring the first runs of the game.
Twins lefthander Tommy Milone got the first two outs of the third but Dustin Pedroia singled to left and Xander Bogaerts lined a single off Sanos glove to put two runners on. Hanley Ramirez then reached down and lifted a change up over the Green Monster for a three-run home run and a 3-2 Red Sox lead.
Kepler tripled and scored on a groundout to tie the game at 3-3 in the fourth.
Then came the fifth inning. Pedroia cleared the Monster to put the Red Sox ahead 4-3. Bogaerts singled and stole second, the Ramirez reached on an infield hit to put runners on first and third.
With two outs, Aaron Hill hit a grounder right at Sano, who botched the play for a run-scoring error. Travis Shaw took Milone into the seats in right for a three-run homer, and the Red Sox led 8-3 with four of the runs coming after Sanos error.