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BOSTON -- It was an unexpected night from Minnesota's usually anemic offense.
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).
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"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."
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.
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.
|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|
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|Jamey Carroll, 2B||5||2||1||0||1||2||2||.263|
|Joe Mauer, C||5||3||3||0||1||1||0||.311|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||1||0||0||1||2||3||.225|
|Wilkin Ramirez, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.346|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||4||1||2||3||0||0||2||.267|
|Trevor Plouffe, 3B||5||2||3||3||0||1||3||.250|
|Ryan Doumit, DH||5||3||4||2||1||0||4||.244|
|Oswaldo Arcia, RF||5||1||4||1||0||1||0||.300|
|Aaron Hicks, CF||4||1||1||2||1||2||3||.128|
|Pedro Florimon, SS||5||1||2||3||0||1||0||.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|
|Ryan Pressly (W,1-0)||4||2||0||0||2||3||0||1.72|
|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, CF||4||0||0||0||1||1||1||.270|
|Shane Victorino, RF||4||2||2||1||0||0||1||.293|
|Daniel Nava, RF||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.284|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||5||2||3||0||0||0||2||.311|
|David Ortiz, DH||5||0||0||0||0||2||5||.381|
|Mike Napoli, 1B||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.269|
|Mike Carp, PR-1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.382|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||4||1||1||5||0||1||1||.211|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||4||1||2||0||0||1||2||.253|
|Stephen Drew, SS||4||1||2||1||0||0||2||.244|
|Pedro Ciriaco, 3B||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.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)||1.2||6||8||8||3||2||2||11.74|
|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|
|Attendance - 29969|
|Game Time - 3:42|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Jeff Nelson|