Mauer's HR in 9th lifts Twins to 4-3 win over Red Sox

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Joe Mauer pumped his fist as he rounded the bases, a rare show of emotion from one of baseball's most understated veterans.

Hard to blame him when he finally lived out the dream every ball player has growing up. A dream that took 14 years to come to reality.

Mauer hit his first career walk-off homer, a solo shot with two outs in the bottom of the ninth that lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

''It was pretty fun,'' Mauer said. ''Only took me 14 years to do it.''

Once one of baseball's best hitters, Mauer has been on a steady decline as a hitter since concussion and leg issues started to take their toll in 2013. Few were expecting him to end the game with one swing of the bat when he stepped to the plate with a .233 average and one homer this season.

But he put a charge into a high fastball from Matt Barnes (3-1) and was mobbed by teammates when he touched home plate.

''I couldn't tell you how he hit it out of the park,'' Barnes said. ''But he's a good player. He's been around for a long, long time. You tip your cap.''

Miguel Sano, who had two hits and an RBI, picked the 225-pound Mauer up and swung him around.

''When I first picked him up, he wasn't heavy,'' Sano said. ''After a while, he's a little heavy.''

Phil Hughes gave up one run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings while striking out four in his deepest outing of the season for the Twins, who have won five of six.

Chris Young's pinch-hit, two-run single in the top of the ninth tied the game at 3-3 for the Red Sox, who were fresh off of an exhausting four-game series against the Orioles that included beanballs, ejections and a fan hurling racial epithets at O's outfielder Adam Jones. Andrew Benintendi hit his fourth homer of the year for Boston.

Whether they were drained by the drama in Boston or just baffled by Hughes' breaking ball, the Red Sox hitters continually came up empty in the first eight innings. But Young ripped a single off of closer Brandon Kintzler (1-0) to give the Sox new life.

Eduardo Rodriguez gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out six in six innings for the Red Sox.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Manager John Farrell said 3B Pablo Sandoval, on the disabled list since April 25 with a sprained right knee, ''is starting to turn for the better.'' Sandoval will start running on a treadmill soon. ... OF Brock Holt will resume his rehab assignment for Double-A Portland on Saturday after having to back off after symptoms from vertigo returned.

Twins: CF Byron Buxton did not play on Friday after twice running into the wall while chasing down fly balls on Thursday. Manager Paul Molitor said Buxton was still experiencing headaches, but did not show symptoms of a concussion. The team planned to continue testing him through the weekend. ... Utility man Danny Santana was designated for release or assignment, clearing room for INF Elhire Adrianza to be reinstated from the 10-day disabled list. The Twins also selected the contract of RHP Drew Rucinski from Triple-A Rochester. ... 2B Brian Dozier sprained his left ankle and is day to day.

SALE OK

Red Sox ace Chris Sale will not be suspended for his role in the tense series against the Orioles last week. The Red Sox confirmed that the left-hander will be on the mound on Sunday for a juicy showdown against Twins ace Ervin Santana.

Sale threw behind Manny Machado on Tuesday, one of a series of confrontations between pitchers and hitters from both teams. Commissioner Rob Manfred was in attendance Friday night and had to get personally involved to try and quell the feud.

SANO APPEALS

The Twins slugger had his appeal hearing on Friday for a one-game suspension for his shoving match with Tigers C James McCann. The hearing lasted about 90 minutes and Sano told reporters that he hopes to have an answer one way or another by early next week.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (1-4, 4.46) will start Saturday looking for his sixth quality start in seven outings.

Twins: RHP Nick Tepesch makes his season debut. Tepesch will get a start or two at the back end of the rotation before Molitor makes a decision on his spot with the club.

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MIN15-12
2000001014100
  • W: B. Kintzler (1-0)L: M. Barnes (3-1)
  • HR: BOS - A. Benintendi (4), MIN - J. Mauer (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Pedroia 2B50100001.277.346.330.6762.0
A. Benintendi LF51211012.309.366.455.8206.5
M. Betts RF40100011.280.351.420.7711.5
H. Ramirez DH30000101.260.330.448.7781.0
X. Bogaerts SS40100002.326.380.370.7501.0
M. Moreland 1B30100121.267.358.448.8061.0
D. Marrero PR-3B01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
J. Rutledge 3B-1B41200003.313.313.313.6253.0
J. Bradley CF40000014.175.250.263.513-0.5
C. Vazquez C30000002.333.362.467.8280.0
a- C. Young PH10120000.259.368.310.6783.0
S. Leon C0000-000.196.211.286.000-
  • a-singled for Vazquez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B40000033.229.325.390.715-1.5
a- K. Vargas PH10000000.296.345.519.8630.0
J. Mauer 1B42221001.242.310.352.66210.0
M. Sano 3B31210110.312.443.6771.1216.5
R. Grossman RF40110024.265.398.368.7651.0
M. Kepler CF40100023.261.359.420.7800.0
E. Escobar DH40100002.261.333.500.8331.0
J. Castro C40000022.183.301.338.639-1.0
J. Polanco SS40100002.242.304.341.6452.0
E. Rosario LF41200001.302.330.458.7886.0
  • a-grounded out for Dozier in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Pedroia (2), M. Betts (8)
  • HR - A. Benintendi (4)
  • RBI - A. Benintendi (16), C. Young 2 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Polanco (6), E. Rosario (4)
  • 3B - M. Sano (2), E. Rosario
  • HR - J. Mauer (2)
  • RBI - J. Mauer 2 (12), M. Sano (28), R. Grossman (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Mauer (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Rodriguez6.07331603.071.3313.0
J. Kelly0.22000202.403.00-1.0
R. Scott1.20000201.350.004.0
M. Barnes (L, 3-1)0.11110013.463.00-7.0
PITCHERSIP
E. Rodriguez6.0
J. Kelly0.2
R. Scott1.2
M. Barnes (L, 3-1)0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Hughes6.26112414.321.2014.0
T. Rogers (H, 7)0.10000004.000.000.0
M. Belisle (H, 6)1.00000104.970.003.5
B. Kintzler (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.03220002.703.005.0
PITCHERSIP
P. Hughes6.2
T. Rogers (H, 7)0.1
M. Belisle (H, 6)1.0
B. Kintzler (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - E. Rodriguez
  • HBP - E. Rodriguez
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 106-73, J. Kelly 20-11, R. Scott 18-12, M. Barnes 8-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 5-7, R. Scott 2-1, M. Barnes 1-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 27, J. Kelly 4, R. Scott 5, M. Barnes 2
PITCHING
  • IBB - P. Hughes
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Hughes 98-67, T. Rogers 4-3, M. Belisle 17-11, B. Kintzler 24-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Hughes 8-8, B. Kintzler 2-1
  • Batters Faced - P. Hughes 28, T. Rogers, M. Belisle 3, B. Kintzler 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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BOS15-14
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MIN15-12
2000001014100
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Pedroia 2B50100001.277.346.330.6762.0
A. Benintendi LF51211012.309.366.455.8206.5
M. Betts RF40100011.280.351.420.7711.5
H. Ramirez DH30000101.260.330.448.7781.0
X. Bogaerts SS40100002.326.380.370.7501.0
M. Moreland 1B30100121.267.358.448.8061.0
D. Marrero PR-3B01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
J. Rutledge 3B-1B41200003.313.313.313.6253.0
J. Bradley CF40000014.175.250.263.513-0.5
C. Vazquez C30000002.333.362.467.8280.0
a- C. Young PH10120000.259.368.310.6783.0
S. Leon C0000-000.196.211.286.000-
Total3639312517-----
  • a-singled for Vazquez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B40000033.229.325.390.715-1.5
a- K. Vargas PH10000000.296.345.519.8630.0
J. Mauer 1B42221001.242.310.352.66210.0
M. Sano 3B31210110.312.443.6771.1216.5
R. Grossman RF40110024.265.398.368.7651.0
M. Kepler CF40100023.261.359.420.7800.0
E. Escobar DH40100002.261.333.500.8331.0
J. Castro C40000022.183.301.338.639-1.0
J. Polanco SS40100002.242.304.341.6452.0
E. Rosario LF41200001.302.330.458.7886.0
Total364104111018-----
  • a-grounded out for Dozier in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Pedroia (2), M. Betts (8)
  • HR - A. Benintendi (4)
  • RBI - A. Benintendi (16), C. Young 2 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Polanco (6), E. Rosario (4)
  • 3B - M. Sano (2), E. Rosario
  • HR - J. Mauer (2)
  • RBI - J. Mauer 2 (12), M. Sano (28), R. Grossman (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Mauer (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Rodriguez6.07331603.071.3313.0
J. Kelly0.22000202.403.00-1.0
R. Scott1.20000201.350.004.0
M. Barnes (L, 3-1)0.11110013.463.00-7.0
Total10.110441121---
PITCHERSIP
E. Rodriguez6.0
J. Kelly0.2
R. Scott1.2
M. Barnes (L, 3-1)0.1
Total10.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Hughes6.26112414.321.2014.0
T. Rogers (H, 7)0.10000004.000.000.0
M. Belisle (H, 6)1.00000104.970.003.5
B. Kintzler (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.03220002.703.005.0
Total9.0933251---
PITCHERSIP
P. Hughes6.2
T. Rogers (H, 7)0.1
M. Belisle (H, 6)1.0
B. Kintzler (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - E. Rodriguez
  • HBP - E. Rodriguez
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 106-73, J. Kelly 20-11, R. Scott 18-12, M. Barnes 8-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 5-7, R. Scott 2-1, M. Barnes 1-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 27, J. Kelly 4, R. Scott 5, M. Barnes 2
PITCHING
  • IBB - P. Hughes
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Hughes 98-67, T. Rogers 4-3, M. Belisle 17-11, B. Kintzler 24-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Hughes 8-8, B. Kintzler 2-1
  • Batters Faced - P. Hughes 28, T. Rogers, M. Belisle 3, B. Kintzler 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Mauer homered to left center34
    Young singled to shallow left, Marrero and Rutledge scored33
  • 7TH INNING
    Mauer singled to right center, Rosario scored13
  • 3RD INNING
    Benintendi homered to center12
  • 1ST INNING
    Grossman singled to left center, Sano scored02
    Sano tripled to deep right, Mauer scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • B. Kintzler Pitching:
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland singled to right center
    • J. Rutledge: Ball, Strike looking, Rutledge reached on an infield single to shortstop, Marrero to second
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bradley grounded out to second, Marrero to third, Rutledge to second
    • C. Young: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Young singled to shallow left, Marrero and Rutledge scored
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Foul, Pedroia lined out to center
    • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Benintendi grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Scott Pitching:
    • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Rosario grounded out to first
    • K. Vargas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Vargas grounded out to first
    • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer homered to left center
  • 8TH INNING
    • M. Belisle Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ramirez lined out to center
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts lined out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Scott Pitching:
    • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar grounded out to second
    • J. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Castro struck out on foul tip
    • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco lined out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • P. Hughes Pitching:
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley flied out to right
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez grounded out to third
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pedroia doubled to deep right center
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Benintendi flied out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario tripled to deep right center
    • B. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
    • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mauer singled to right center, Rosario scored
    • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Sano singled to left, Mauer to second
    • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
    • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • P. Hughes Pitching:
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Benintendi singled to right
    • M. Betts: Ball, Betts flied out to center
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked, Benintendi to second
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to second, Benintendi to third, Ramirez to second
    • M. Moreland: Moreland intentionally walked
    • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Rutledge flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler singled to right center
    • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Escobar flied out to right
    • J. Castro: Foul, Foul, Castro flied out to deep left
    • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco hit into double play third to second, Kepler out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • P. Hughes Pitching:
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bradley grounded out to third
    • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez flied out to right
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • E. Rosario: Rosario doubled to shallow left
    • B. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • J. Mauer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Mauer grounded out to first, Rosario to third
    • M. Sano: Sano intentionally walked
    • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • P. Hughes Pitching:
    • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
    • J. Rutledge: Ball, Strike looking, Rutledge flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
    • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar reached on an infield single to third
    • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Castro lined out to left
    • J. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Polanco flied out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • P. Hughes Pitching:
    • D. Pedroia: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to second
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi homered to center
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts lined out to left
    • H. Ramirez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
    • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Grossman grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • P. Hughes Pitching:
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts singled to center
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
    • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rutledge reached on an infield single to third, Bogaerts to second
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Vazquez flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
    • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Polanco doubled to shallow left
    • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rosario flied out to deep left
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dozier flied out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • P. Hughes Pitching:
    • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia flied out to center
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts doubled to deep right center
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Mauer hit by pitch
    • M. Sano: Sano tripled to deep right, Mauer scored
    • R. Grossman: Grossman singled to left center, Sano scored
    • M. Kepler: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kepler reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Grossman out at second
    • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Escobar lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)