Kepler, Mejia help Twins beat Red Sox 4-1

BOSTON (AP) Twins rookie lefty Adalberto Mejia is feeling more comfortable each time he takes the mound.

Mejia pitched 5 2/3 innings in his second straight scoreless start, Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and Minnesota rebounded from two consecutive losses against Boston to beat the Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night.

''He did a nice job,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said about Mejia. ''He had to kind of battle. It's kind of becoming a little bit of his MO to burn through pitches, but similarly to his last start, he kept walking off the field with zeros.''

Kepler also had an RBI single, and Miguel Sano added an RBI double to help the Twins improve to 24-11 on the road.

Mejia (3-3) allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one in his 11th career start. On Friday night at Cleveland, he held the Indians to two hits over five innings in a victory.

''I feel calmer every time I'm out there,'' he said through a translator. ''I think that's why I did better.''

Brandon Kintzler got the final three outs for his 21st save.

Boston starter Rick Porcello (4-10) gave up four runs on six hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two. It was his 14th straight start going at least six innings, the AL's longest active streak.

''It's not like they're beating the cover off the ball,'' Porcello said. ''It's just a couple things here and there that I've got to clean up. I'm not making excuses for myself. I definitely hold myself accountable for the loss tonight.''

Red Sox manager John Farrell was back in the dugout after serving a one-game suspension Tuesday for poking umpire Bill Miller in the chest during an argument Saturday.

The Red Sox stranded 11 baserunners, and at least one in every inning. Farrell thought his team may have been pressing a bit.

''I thought there were times we might have expanded the strike zone a little bit, trying to make something happen,'' he said.

With Minnesota leading 2-0 in the sixth, Kepler lined his homer off the back of Boston's bullpen.

In the first, the Twins scored a pair of two-out runs when Sano hit his RBI double down the third-base line and scored on Kepler's broken-bat single.

Xander Bogaerts drove in Boston's run with a bases-loaded grounder in the seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: LHP Glen Perkins resumed throwing Tuesday after a setback last week following offseason shoulder surgery. Molitor said the club is still formulating a plan for him. He's been sidelined all season and pitched in just two games last year.

Red Sox: DH Hanley Ramirez missed his third straight game after getting hit by a pitch on the left knee Sunday. ''He'll go through a full workday today,'' Farrell said. ''He's feeling improved.''

MATCHES OWN RECORD

Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia played his 98th consecutive error-less game, matching the best mark in club history he set for a second baseman from 2009-10.

LOOKS FAMILIAR

This season has started like 2015 for Porcello, the AL's reigning Cy Young Award winner.

Two years ago when he struggled badly, the righty lost nine of his initial 13 decisions and finished 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA.

ROSTER MOVE

Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes was activated from the 10-day disabled list and LHP Craig Breslow was put on with rib cage soreness.

Hughes had been on the DL since complaining of a ''dead feeling'' in his pitching shoulder on May 21. He allowed one run in three innings during three rehabilitation appearances in Triple-A.

Molitor plans to use him out of the bullpen.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (4-5, 6.23 ERA) looks to continue his success in Fenway Park in the series finale Thursday. He's allowed only one run over 15 innings in two career starts.

Red Sox: LHP David Price (2-2, 4.76) has won his last five decisions against Minnesota, posting a 1.84 ERA.

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  • W: A. Mejia (3-3)L: R. Porcello (4-10)S: B. Kintzler (21)
  • HR: MIN - M. Kepler (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B50000012.246.333.433.767-0.5
R. Grossman RF40000031.250.385.388.773-1.5
B. Buxton CF10000000.199.272.290.5610.0
J. Mauer 1B41200001.290.360.407.7676.0
M. Sano 3B32110111.274.375.548.9235.5
M. Kepler CF-RF41231001.249.314.420.7359.0
K. Vargas DH30100011.236.265.424.6890.5
a- E. Escobar PH-DH00000100.276.324.460.7841.0
E. Rosario LF30000111.281.320.468.7880.5
J. Polanco SS40000024.247.295.350.645-1.0
J. Castro C30100120.222.318.378.6961.0
  • a-was walked intentionally for Vargas in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF40200100.272.347.475.8224.0
D. Pedroia 2B30000203.295.371.368.7382.0
X. Bogaerts SS50110026.316.371.463.8331.0
M. Moreland 1B40100025.275.362.486.8480.0
C. Young LF40000001.254.335.394.7300.0
J. Bradley CF30100001.258.351.469.8213.0
S. Travis DH30000023.310.394.414.8080.0
S. Leon C41100003.248.295.400.6952.0
D. Marrero 3B20100010.167.204.304.5082.5
a- T. Lin PH-3B20000001.167.167.167.3330.0
  • a-flied out for Marrero in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Mauer (17), M. Sano (11)
  • HR - M. Kepler (9)
  • RBI - M. Sano (53), M. Kepler 3 (32)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Sano (21), M. Kepler (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Betts (26), J. Bradley (11)
  • RBI - X. Bogaerts (35)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Mauer
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Marrero (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Mejia (W, 3-3)5.25001304.381.5217.5
T. Duffey1.01112103.691.10-0.5
T. Rogers (H, 17)1.10000202.151.134.0
B. Kintzler (S, 21)1.01000102.621.089.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Mejia (W, 3-3)5.2
T. Duffey1.0
T. Rogers (H, 17)1.1
B. Kintzler (S, 21)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Porcello (L, 4-10)6.06442615.061.514.0
H. Hembree1.11000303.501.393.5
R. Scott0.20002102.081.10-1.5
M. Barnes1.00000103.891.273.5
PITCHERSIP
R. Porcello (L, 4-10)6.0
H. Hembree1.1
R. Scott0.2
M. Barnes1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Mejia (3), T. Rogers (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Mejia 101-61, T. Duffey 23-10, T. Rogers 13-10, B. Kintzler 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Mejia 5-9, T. Duffey 1-1, B. Kintzler 2-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Mejia 24, T. Duffey 6, T. Rogers 5, B. Kintzler 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Scott
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 112-69, H. Hembree 26-16, R. Scott 14-7, M. Barnes 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 7-5, H. Hembree 1-0, R. Scott 1-0, M. Barnes 2-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 26, H. Hembree 5, R. Scott 4, M. Barnes 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B50000012.246.333.433.767-0.5
R. Grossman RF40000031.250.385.388.773-1.5
B. Buxton CF10000000.199.272.290.5610.0
J. Mauer 1B41200001.290.360.407.7676.0
M. Sano 3B32110111.274.375.548.9235.5
M. Kepler CF-RF41231001.249.314.420.7359.0
K. Vargas DH30100011.236.265.424.6890.5
a- E. Escobar PH-DH00000100.276.324.460.7841.0
E. Rosario LF30000111.281.320.468.7880.5
J. Polanco SS40000024.247.295.350.645-1.0
J. Castro C30100120.222.318.378.6961.0
Total34474141112-----
HITTERSAB
B. Dozier 2B5
R. Grossman RF4
B. Buxton CF1
J. Mauer 1B4
M. Sano 3B3
M. Kepler CF-RF4
K. Vargas DH3
a- E. Escobar PH-DH0
E. Rosario LF3
J. Polanco SS4
J. Castro C3
Total34
  • a-was walked intentionally for Vargas in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF40200100.272.347.475.8224.0
D. Pedroia 2B30000203.295.371.368.7382.0
X. Bogaerts SS50110026.316.371.463.8331.0
M. Moreland 1B40100025.275.362.486.8480.0
C. Young LF40000001.254.335.394.7300.0
J. Bradley CF30100001.258.351.469.8213.0
S. Travis DH30000023.310.394.414.8080.0
S. Leon C41100003.248.295.400.6952.0
D. Marrero 3B20100010.167.204.304.5082.5
a- T. Lin PH-3B20000001.167.167.167.3330.0
Total3417103723-----
HITTERSAB
M. Betts RF4
D. Pedroia 2B3
X. Bogaerts SS5
M. Moreland 1B4
C. Young LF4
J. Bradley CF3
S. Travis DH3
S. Leon C4
D. Marrero 3B2
a- T. Lin PH-3B2
Total34
  • a-flied out for Marrero in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Mauer (17), M. Sano (11)
  • HR - M. Kepler (9)
  • RBI - M. Sano (53), M. Kepler 3 (32)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Sano (21), M. Kepler (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Betts (26), J. Bradley (11)
  • RBI - X. Bogaerts (35)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Mauer
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Marrero (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Mejia (W, 3-3)5.25001304.381.5217.5
T. Duffey1.01112103.691.10-0.5
T. Rogers (H, 17)1.10000202.151.134.0
B. Kintzler (S, 21)1.01000102.621.089.5
Total9.0711370---
PITCHERSIP
A. Mejia (W, 3-3)5.2
T. Duffey1.0
T. Rogers (H, 17)1.1
B. Kintzler (S, 21)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Porcello (L, 4-10)6.06442615.061.514.0
H. Hembree1.11000303.501.393.5
R. Scott0.20002102.081.10-1.5
M. Barnes1.00000103.891.273.5
Total9.07444111---
PITCHERSIP
R. Porcello (L, 4-10)6.0
H. Hembree1.1
R. Scott0.2
M. Barnes1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Mejia (3), T. Rogers (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Mejia 101-61, T. Duffey 23-10, T. Rogers 13-10, B. Kintzler 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Mejia 5-9, T. Duffey 1-1, B. Kintzler 2-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Mejia 24, T. Duffey 6, T. Rogers 5, B. Kintzler 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Scott
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 112-69, H. Hembree 26-16, R. Scott 14-7, M. Barnes 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 7-5, H. Hembree 1-0, R. Scott 1-0, M. Barnes 2-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 26, H. Hembree 5, R. Scott 4, M. Barnes 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop, Leon scored, Betts to third, Pedroia to second41
  • 6TH INNING
    Kepler homered to right, Sano scored40
  • 1ST INNING
    Kepler singled to right center, Sano scored20
    Sano doubled to shallow left, Mauer scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Matt Barnes relieved Robby Scott
    • J. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • B. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to pitcher
    • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Buxton grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Taylor Rogers
    • T. Lin: Ball, Strike looking, Lin grounded out to second
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts doubled to deep left
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • H. Hembree Pitching:
    • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer reached on an infield single to first
    • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
    • Robby Scott relieved Heath Hembree
    • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kepler grounded out to pitcher
    • Eduardo Escobar hit for Kennys Vargas
    • E. Escobar: Escobar intentionally walked
    • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rosario walked, Mauer to third, Escobar to second
    • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Rogers Pitching:
    • C. Young: Strike looking, Young lined out to center
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley hit by pitch
    • S. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Travis struck out looking
    • S. Leon: Foul, Leon flied out to deep left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Heath Hembree relieved Rick Porcello
    • J. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
    • R. Grossman: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Byron Buxton in center
    • Max Kepler in right
    • S. Leon: Ball, Leon singled to right
    • Tzu-Wei Lin hit for Deven Marrero
    • T. Lin: Strike looking, Lin flied out to deep center
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked, Leon to second
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia walked, Leon to third, Betts to second
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop, Leon scored, Betts to third, Pedroia to second
    • Taylor Rogers relieved Tyler Duffey
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sano walked
    • M. Kepler: Foul, Kepler homered to right, Sano scored
    • K. Vargas: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Vargas grounded out to third
    • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Rosario popped out to shortstop
    • J. Polanco: Polanco lined out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Mejia Pitching:
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland singled to right
    • C. Young: Ball, Young fouled out to first
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bradley grounded out to second, Moreland to second
    • Tyler Duffey relieved Adalberto Mejia
    • S. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Travis struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castro singled to left
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Dozier popped out to shortstop
    • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Grossman flied out to deep left
    • J. Mauer: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Mauer grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Mejia Pitching:
    • D. Marrero: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marrero struck out swinging
    • M. Betts: Betts grounded out to third
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts reached on fielder's choice to second, Pedroia out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler grounded out to second
    • K. Vargas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Vargas singled to center
    • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to first, Vargas to second
    • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Mejia Pitching:
    • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Young flied out to left
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bradley grounded out to catcher
    • S. Travis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Travis hit by pitch
    • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Leon flied out to deep left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
    • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Mauer grounded out to second
    • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Sano grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Mejia Pitching:
    • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Marrero singled to deep left
    • M. Betts: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Betts singled to center, Marrero to second
    • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pedroia popped out to shortstop
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Bogaerts struck out on foul tip
    • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Marrero stole third, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to first
    • J. Castro: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro walked
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Mejia Pitching:
    • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Young grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bradley: Bradley doubled to deep left
    • S. Travis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Travis flied out to right
    • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Leon popped out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Dozier flied out to shallow left
    • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
    • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mauer doubled to deep left
    • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Sano doubled to shallow left, Mauer scored
    • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kepler singled to right center, Sano scored
    • K. Vargas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Vargas struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Mejia Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Betts flied out to left
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Pedroia flied out to right
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts reached on an infield single to first
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland lined out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)