Rodríguez, Red Sox recover from 17-inning loss, beat Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Eduardo Rodriguez knew his job was to pile up innings after the Boston Red Sox had to go 17 innings in Tuesday's loss at Minnesota.

Even after giving up runs early Wednesday night, Rodriguez wasn't going to be taken out. He had to handle the workload, regardless of results.

The Boston left-hander picked up the team's bullpen, Brock Holt drove in three runs and the Red Sox beat the Twins 9-4 on Wednesday night.

''It was a matter of him giving us a chance to win or giving (up) a lot of runs and going deep in the game regardless,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said. ''So, I think he liked giving us a chance to win and get that `W.' He's been good.''

Rodriguez (8-4) allowed four runs and eight hits, but more important, he lasted seven innings after the Red Sox used eight relievers in Tuesday's marathon. Rodriguez has gone at least seven in his past two starts, relying more on his fastball and changeup mix, and has given the team much-needed innings in each outing.

''It means a lot to save the bullpen, go out there and give seven innings,'' Rodriguez said. ''I think for me, it's something I've tried to do a long time. I had a chance the last two starts to help the bullpen and feel really good with that.''

Boston scored three runs in the second, fifth and eighth innings to win for the seventh time in eight games. The AL Central-leading Twins have dropped three of four and lost a home series for just the second time this season.

Kyle Gibson (7-4) couldn't lighten the load on Minnesota's bullpen. He tied a career high with five walks and threw 94 pitches in 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits.

''That might have been some of the worst stuff I've had in quite a while,'' Gibson said. ''Frustrating night knowing that anything that looked like a quality start was a win, unfortunately, but I didn't get it done.''

Eddie Rosario's RBI single put Minnesota ahead in the first, but Holt, Michael Chavis and Mookie Betts each had RBI singles in the second.

Willians Astudillo and Max Kepler homered in the fourth to give the Twins a 4-3 lead, but Boston rallied again.

Xander Bogaerts ripped an RBI double to left. Holt plated another run with a sacrifice fly and Chavis chased Gibson with his second hit.

''Last night, you start playing that many innings, guys get a little antsy, maybe try to do a little bit too much,'' Holt said. ''I feel like our situational hitting was pretty solid tonight. We got a guy on third, we got him in, for the most part. Just better approaches tonight, I think.''

Rodriguez settled in and retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced after Kepler's homer.

''Ultimately, he was able to persevere through some innings where he had to work a little bit,'' Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said of Rodriguez. ''Early on, we thought maybe we'd have the opportunity to get to him with the kinds of at-bats we were having. Ultimately, he did a nice job.

DEVERS HURT

Boston's Rafael Devers left in fifth inning with tightness in his right hamstring. He was injured running out an infield single. Cora said Devers would likely be out of the lineup Friday, but called his third baseman day to day.

''I just felt that it was a little bit tight,'' Devers said through an interpreter. ''It's not as bad as what I dealt with last year. Hopefully, I can go out there and play, but it's up to the coaches to see if they let me play on Friday.''

ROSTER MOVES

The Red Sox placed Hector Velazquez on the injured list with a lower back strain and recalled right-hander Josh Smith from Triple-A Pawtucket. Velazquez pitched four innings in Tuesday's game, but had a recurrence of the back injury that forced him to the injured list before he returned Tuesday.

Minnesota placed Marwin Gonzalez on the injured list with a right hamstring strain. The Twins also placed reliever Blake Parker on the family medical emergency list.

Astudillo was recalled from Triple-A Rochester, and the team selected the contract of right-hander Sean Poppen from Triple-A. Poppen, a 19th-round draft choice in 2016 out of Harvard, made his major league debut and allowed three runs in four innings.

Baldelli said after the game that Poppen would be optioned back to Rochester.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Nathan Eovaldi (right elbow) threw for the third straight day. Cora said Eovaldi would take a day off and the team would map out his next throwing session. ... Heath Hembree (right elbow extensor strain) played catch before the game.

Twins: To make room on the 40-man roster for Poppen, Minnesota moved Adalberto Mejia to the 60-day disabled list. Mejia has been out since the start of May with a right calf strain.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Following an off day, Boston returns home Friday against Toronto. Chris Sale (3-7, 3.49 ERA) takes the mound for the Red Sox with the Jays starting Trent Thornton (2-5, 4.36). Sale has allowed two total runs over his past three starts and has struck out at least 10 in four straight games.

Twins: Jake Odorizzi (10-2, 2.24) will try to keep his run going as Minnesota opens a four-game series at Kansas City on Thursday. Odorizzi has won 10 straight decisions and beat the Royals in his last start. Kansas City will start Glenn Sparkman (1-3, 4.01).

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  • W: E. Rodriguez (8-4)L: K. Gibson (7-4)
  • HR: MIN - M. Kepler (19), W. Astudillo (3)
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A. Benintendi LF41110105.269.352.425.7785.0
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E. Nunez PR-3B21200000.227.248.313.5615.0
X. Bogaerts SS32110211.300.392.536.9286.5
B. Holt 2B21130200.308.382.410.7927.0
M. Chavis 1B50220014.261.339.460.7993.5
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    C. Cron 1B50100000.276.341.527.8671.0
    N. Cruz DH42100120.278.364.561.9254.0
    E. Rosario LF40210011.269.301.519.8202.5
    M. Sano 3B30000122.217.311.522.8330.0
    L. Arraez SS20110201.393.500.5711.0714.0
    J. Cave CF40000035.176.300.216.516-1.5
    W. Astudillo 2B41311000.267.288.397.6858.0
    J. Castro C40000004.239.331.514.8440.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi (16), E. Nunez 2 (5), X. Bogaerts (24)
      • 3B - M. Betts (2)
      • SF - B. Holt
      • RBI - M. Betts (35), A. Benintendi (33), J. Martinez (41), X. Bogaerts (49), B. Holt 3 (14), M. Chavis 2 (36)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts 2 (2), A. Benintendi 2 (2), J. Martinez 3 (3), X. Bogaerts
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Cruz (12)
      • HR - M. Kepler (19), W. Astudillo (3)
      • RBI - M. Kepler (50), E. Rosario (53), L. Arraez (4), W. Astudillo (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (19), L. Arraez (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler 2 (2), M. Sano, J. Cave 3 (3), J. Castro 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Arraez-Astudillo-Cron; Astudillo-Cron-Arraez; Astudillo-Cron)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (W, 8-4)7.08443924.711.3617.5
      M. Barnes1.01001003.161.151.0
      M. Walden1.00000102.430.963.5
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (W, 8-4)7.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      M. Walden1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (L, 7-4)4.17665304.181.26-9.5
      R. Harper0.20001102.121.01-0.5
      S. Poppen4.05334206.750.00-
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (L, 7-4)4.1
      R. Harper0.2
      S. Poppen4.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 111-72, M. Barnes 22-12, M. Walden 12-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 6-5, M. Barnes 2-1, M. Walden 2-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 31, M. Barnes 5, M. Walden 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 94-49, R. Harper 12-6, S. Poppen 70-39
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 5-5, S. Poppen 5-2
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 25, R. Harper 3, S. Poppen 18
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      A. Benintendi LF41110105.269.352.425.7785.0
      J. Martinez RF42110104.291.368.540.9085.0
      R. Devers 3B31200000.307.360.503.8643.0
      E. Nunez PR-3B21200000.227.248.313.5615.0
      X. Bogaerts SS32110211.300.392.536.9286.5
      B. Holt 2B21130200.308.382.410.7927.0
      M. Chavis 1B50220014.261.339.460.7993.5
      J. Bradley CF30000211.210.310.366.6761.5
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        M. Kepler RF51111022.277.359.570.9305.0
        C. Cron 1B50100000.276.341.527.8671.0
        N. Cruz DH42100120.278.364.561.9254.0
        E. Rosario LF40210011.269.301.519.8202.5
        M. Sano 3B30000122.217.311.522.8330.0
        L. Arraez SS20110201.393.500.5711.0714.0
        J. Cave CF40000035.176.300.216.516-1.5
        W. Astudillo 2B41311000.267.288.397.6858.0
        J. Castro C40000004.239.331.514.8440.0
        K. Gibson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        S. Poppen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Benintendi (16), E. Nunez 2 (5), X. Bogaerts (24)
          • 3B - M. Betts (2)
          • SF - B. Holt
          • RBI - M. Betts (35), A. Benintendi (33), J. Martinez (41), X. Bogaerts (49), B. Holt 3 (14), M. Chavis 2 (36)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts 2 (2), A. Benintendi 2 (2), J. Martinez 3 (3), X. Bogaerts
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Cruz (12)
          • HR - M. Kepler (19), W. Astudillo (3)
          • RBI - M. Kepler (50), E. Rosario (53), L. Arraez (4), W. Astudillo (12)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (19), L. Arraez (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler 2 (2), M. Sano, J. Cave 3 (3), J. Castro 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 3 (Arraez-Astudillo-Cron; Astudillo-Cron-Arraez; Astudillo-Cron)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Rodriguez (W, 8-4)7.08443924.711.3617.5
          M. Barnes1.01001003.161.151.0
          M. Walden1.00000102.430.963.5
          Total9.09444102---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Rodriguez (W, 8-4)7.0
          M. Barnes1.0
          M. Walden1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Gibson (L, 7-4)4.17665304.181.26-9.5
          R. Harper0.20001102.121.01-0.5
          S. Poppen4.05334206.750.00-
          Total9.012991060---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Gibson (L, 7-4)4.1
          R. Harper0.2
          S. Poppen4.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 111-72, M. Barnes 22-12, M. Walden 12-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 6-5, M. Barnes 2-1, M. Walden 2-0
          • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 31, M. Barnes 5, M. Walden 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 94-49, R. Harper 12-6, S. Poppen 70-39
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 5-5, S. Poppen 5-2
          • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 25, R. Harper 3, S. Poppen 18
          • 8TH INNING
            Holt walked, Martinez scored, Nunez to third, Bogaerts to second94
            Martinez singled to right center, Benintendi scored84
            Benintendi doubled to deep left, Betts scored74
          • 5TH INNING
            Chavis singled to right, Bogaerts scored64
            Holt hit sacrifice fly to center, Nunez scored, Bogaerts to third54
            Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Martinez scored, Devers to third44
          • 4TH INNING
            Kepler homered to right34
            Astudillo homered to center33
          • 3RD INNING
            Arraez singled to left, Cruz scored, Sano to second32
          • 2ND INNING
            Betts reached on an infield single to shortstop, Holt scored, Chavis to third, Bradley to second31
            Chavis singled to right center, Bogaerts scored, Holt to second21
            Holt singled to center, Devers scored, Bogaerts to second11
          • 1ST INNING
            Rosario singled to left, Cruz scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • S. Poppen Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bradley lined out to left
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Leon flied out to center
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Marcus Walden relieved Matt Barnes
            • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kepler grounded out to second
            • C. Cron: Ball, Cron grounded out to third
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • S. Poppen Pitching:
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts tripled to deep right
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi doubled to deep left, Betts scored
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Martinez singled to right center, Benintendi scored
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nunez doubled to deep center, Martinez to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Holt walked, Martinez scored, Nunez to third, Bogaerts to second
            • M. Chavis: Ball, Chavis grounded into double play second to first, Holt out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Barnes relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
            • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sano grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Arraez walked
            • J. Cave: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cave reached on fielder's choice to first, Arraez out at second
            • W. Astudillo: Foul, Ball, Astudillo singled to shallow center, Cave to second
            • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro flied out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Poppen Pitching:
            • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Holt walked
            • M. Chavis: Strike swinging, Chavis grounded into double play second to first to shortstop, Holt out at second
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz struck out looking
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Sean Poppen relieved Ryne Harper
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Benintendi out at second
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Nunez doubled to deep right center
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • W. Astudillo: Ball, Astudillo flied out to right
            • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Castro flied out to deep center
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
            • R. Devers: Ball, Devers reached on an infield single to shortstop, Martinez to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Martinez scored, Devers to third
            • Eduardo Nunez ran for Rafael Devers
            • B. Holt: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Holt hit sacrifice fly to center, Nunez scored, Bogaerts to third
            • M. Chavis: Strike looking, Chavis singled to right, Bogaerts scored
            • Ryne Harper relieved Kyle Gibson
            • J. Bradley: Bradley flied out to right
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Leon walked, Chavis to second
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Foul, Rosario reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • L. Arraez: Arraez grounded out to second, Rosario to second
            • J. Cave: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • M. Chavis: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chavis struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
            • S. Leon: Pickoff attempt, Leon flied out to deep center
            • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked, Bradley to second
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • W. Astudillo: Astudillo homered to center
            • J. Castro: Ball, Foul, Castro lined out to third
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Foul, Foul, Kepler homered to right
            • C. Cron: Cron grounded out to second
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cruz grounded out to third
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Devers flied out to right
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • B. Holt: Holt grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Cron grounded out to pitcher
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz walked
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sano walked, Cruz to second
            • L. Arraez: Foul, Ball, Arraez singled to left, Cruz scored, Sano to second
            • J. Cave: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Cave struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Devers singled to center
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked, Devers to second
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Holt singled to center, Devers scored, Bogaerts to second
            • M. Chavis: Strike looking, Chavis singled to right center, Bogaerts scored, Holt to second
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked, Holt to third, Chavis to second
            • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts reached on an infield single to shortstop, Holt scored, Chavis to third, Bradley to second
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Benintendi fouled out to third
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • L. Arraez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arraez walked
            • J. Cave: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • W. Astudillo: Astudillo singled to right, Arraez to second
            • J. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Castro flied out to deep left
            • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Benintendi popped out to second
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kepler popped out to first
            • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Cron singled to shallow right
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz doubled to deep right, Cron out at home, Cruz to third
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike looking, Rosario singled to left, Cruz scored
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)