Minnesota at Boston

W: R. Pressly (1-0) L: A. Webster (0-1)
HR: MIN - R. Doumit (2),P. Florimon (1)   BOS - J. Gomes (2),S. Victorino (2)

Twins rout Red Sox; Ortiz's hitting streak stopped at 27

CBSSports.com wire reports

BOSTON -- It was an unexpected night from Minnesota's usually anemic offense.

Pedro Florimon had a solo home run and a two-run double in the Twins' season-high, seven-run second inning that carried them to a 15-8 rout of the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.

Entering the day with the American League's second-fewest hits and third-fewest runs, the Twins didn't have any pregame batting practice due to some showers at Fenway Park. Then they went out and compiled a season high in runs and hits (20).

More on Twins-Red Sox
Related links
More MLB coverage

"We'll be asking for a little BP rain tomorrow," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire joked. "It was a crazy night. The ball was flying early. Both pitchers, their young guy, we didn't let him breathe, and they did that to our pitcher, too."

Ryan Doumit had a two-run homer, Oswald Arcia went 4 for 5 with three singles and a double, and Trevor Flouffe drove in three of the Twins' runs.

Florimon had a career-best three RBI.

"It felt good," he said, breaking into a smile as he was leaving the clubhouse. "I feel like I'm going pretty good."

David Ortiz went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts and three groundouts to snap his 27-game hitting streak, dating to last season. Ortiz had hit safely in his first 15 games this season, giving him Boston's longest streak since Manny Ramirez also hit in 27 straight in 2006.

Jonny Gomes hit his fourth career grand slam -- first with the Red Sox -- and drove in five runs. Shane Victorino added a solo home run for Boston, which lost for the fifth time in six games.

In the first two innings, the teams combined for 17 runs and 10 extra-base hits, chasing both starting pitchers as the Twins held an 11-6 edge after posting their big second.

Ryan Pressly (1-0) pitched four shutout innings of relief for his first major league win.

"That was a big pick up by him," Gardenhire said.

Pressly was once part of Boston's organization.

"I just wanted to get out there, speed the game up and get outs," he said.

Boston's Allen Webster (0-1), making his second career start, gave up eight runs, six hits and walked three while getting only five outs.

Twins starter Pedro Hernandez faired just a little better, allowing six runs and seven hits in two innings of his fifth career start.

"[My] head really wasn't in the game today," Hernandez said via a translator. "Someone [I] really loved passed away."

Hernandez said a 38-year old cousin died two days ago and the funeral was Wednesday.

Trailing 5-4 in the second, Minnesota sent 11 batters to the plate and had its biggest inning of the season. Florimon tied it with a leadoff homer into the seats above the Green Monster. Justin Morneau's sacrifice fly pushed the Twins ahead, before Plouffe's RBI double chased Webster. Aaron Hicks then had a two-run single off Felix Doubront and Florimon followed with his two-run double, making it 11-5.

"The team did all they could to help me out," Webster said. "I just went back out there and if I had thrown a zero we'd probably win the game, but I didn't."

That was all the offense the Twins needed.

"A tough night from the mound tonight. A number of pitches found their way to the middle of the plate," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Once again, they swung aggressively, they hit a number of fastballs that didn't get to the intended location. The one thing that's a little concerning with Felix is that while he'll get ahead of certain hitters, still lacks the ability to put some guys away and we've seen that the last two outings for him."

Victorino's home run into the left-field seats cut it to 11-6 in the bottom of the second.

Minnesota added a run in the fourth on Florimon's double-play grounder. Plouffe delivered a run-scoring single and Arcia collected his fourth hit of the game in the fifth -- an RBI double -- to make it 14-6.

The Twins had grabbed a 4-0 lead in the first. After Webster fanned Jamey Carroll to start the game, he walked the next two before Morneau's RBI double. Plouffe followed with a sacrifice fly before Doumit homered into Boston's bullpen.

Boston responded by taking the lead with five runs after two outs in the bottom of the inning. Gomes belted his slam completely out of Fenway over the Monster after the Red Sox loaded the bases with a pair of singles and a walk. Stephen Drew's RBI single made it 5-4.


  • Ortiz's personal season-opening streak is the best by a Boston player since Tony Pena also hit in his first 15 in 1990.
  • The Red Sox honored Orlando Cepeda (Boston) and Ron Blomberg (Yankees) during a pregame, on-field ceremony for the 40th anniversary of the DH. Current Red Sox DH Ortiz handed them each commemorative framed pictures.
  • Farrell said 3B Will Middlebrooks had an MRI on his right side after bruising his ribs making a sliding grab of a foul pop before colliding with C David Ross in Tuesday's loss. "He's banged up a little bit," Farrell said before saying the team was awaiting the results. Both Middlebrooks and Ross were not in the lineup. Farrell also said Ross still had "some soreness" in the left quadriceps.
  • The Twins will close out their 10-game road trip Thursday when Kevin Correia (3-2, 2.83 ERA) is slated to face Boston's John Lackey (1-2, 3.52) in the series finale.
Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
The Twins keep third-base coach Joe Vavra busy in the first two innings, including a home-run handshake with Pedro Florimon.  (Getty Images)
The Twins keep third-base coach Joe Vavra busy in the first two innings, including a home-run handshake with Pedro Florimon. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

R. Doumit
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 1

J. Gomes
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

Related Video

Minnesota Twins
Jamey Carroll, 2B5210122 .263
Joe Mauer, C5330110 .311
Josh Willingham, LF4100123 .225
    Wilkin Ramirez, PR-LF0000000 .346
Justin Morneau, 1B4123002 .267
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5233013 .250
Ryan Doumit, DH5342104 .244
Oswaldo Arcia, RF5141010 .300
Aaron Hicks, CF4112123 .128
Pedro Florimon, SS5123010 .246
2B - Joe Mauer 2 (11, Webster, Doubront), Justin Morneau (7, Webster), Trevor Plouffe (5, Webster), Oswaldo Arcia (4, Doubront), Pedro Florimon (3, Doubront)
HR - Ryan Doumit (2, Webster), Pedro Florimon (1, Webster)
SF - Justin Morneau 2 (4), Trevor Plouffe (2)
RBI - Justin Morneau 3 (21), Trevor Plouffe 3 (11), Ryan Doumit 2 (11), Oswaldo Arcia (9), Aaron Hicks 2 (12), Pedro Florimon 3 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Trevor Plouffe 2 (3), Ryan Doumit 2 (6), Oswaldo Arcia (6), Aaron Hicks 2 (7), Pedro Florimon 2 (5)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Oswaldo Arcia 1
Minnesota Twins
Pedro Hernandez 2766122 5.96
Ryan Pressly (W,1-0) 4200230 1.72
Casey Fien 1211000 5.40
Brian Duensing 1111100 2.45
Glen Perkins 1000020 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Hernandez 51-34, Ryan Pressly 66-43, Casey Fien 19-10, Brian Duensing 16-10, Glen Perkins 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Hernandez 1-2, Ryan Pressly 5-4, Casey Fien 1-2, Brian Duensing 1-2
Batters Faced - Pedro Hernandez 13, Ryan Pressly 16, Casey Fien 5, Brian Duensing 5, Glen Perkins 3
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4000111 .270
Shane Victorino, RF4221001 .293
    Daniel Nava, RF0001000 .284
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5230002 .311
David Ortiz, DH5000025 .381
Mike Napoli, 1B3120100 .269
    Mike Carp, PR-1B1000010 .382
Jonny Gomes, LF4115011 .211
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4120012 .253
Stephen Drew, SS4121002 .244
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B2000210 .222
2B - Dustin Pedroia (7, Hernandez), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (8, Hernandez)
HR - Shane Victorino (2, Hernandez), Jonny Gomes (2, Hernandez)
SF - Daniel Nava (3), Jonny Gomes (1)
RBI - Shane Victorino (10), Daniel Nava (20), Jonny Gomes 5 (7), Stephen Drew (13)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (5), Jonny Gomes 4 (5), Stephen Drew (9)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Jacoby Ellsbury 1
DP - Pedroia-Drew-Napoli, Ellsbury-Drew-Pedroia-Napoli
PB - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3)
E - Pedro Ciriaco (5, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
Allen Webster (L,0-1) 1.2688322 11.74
Felix Doubront 5.11266240 6.40
Andrew Miller 1000030 2.79
Junichi Tazawa 1211010 2.93
HBP - Willingham (by Junichi Tazawa)
Pitches-Strikes - Allen Webster 54-30, Felix Doubront 105-70, Andrew Miller 14-9, Junichi Tazawa 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Doubront 9-1
Batters Faced - Allen Webster 14, Felix Doubront 28, Andrew Miller 3, Junichi Tazawa 6
Game Information
Attendance - 29969
Game Time - 3:42
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Jeff Nelson