Surging Escobar sparks Twins past Sale, Red Sox in 6-2 win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Eduardo Escobar, yet again, gave the Minnesota Twins the go-ahead hit.

Two of them, of course. He's become a doubles machine.

With a two-base hit that drove in two runs off Chris Sale in the sixth inning and another that launched a four-run eighth, Escobar led for the Twins to a 6-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

''I don't know if he can keep up that kind of torrid pace, but we're seeing a guy who is supremely confident,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said.

Robby Scott (0-1), just recalled from Triple-A, relieved Sale to start the eighth and walked the first two batters. Joe Kelly entered, and Escobar's one-out line drive bounced in front of Jackie Bradley Jr. and skipped past the center fielder as two runs scored. The official scorer later changed his ruling from a single to a double, giving Escobar a majors-leading 32 for the season. Robbie Grossman broke the game open with a two-run triple.

Escobar is on a season-long pace for 75 doubles, which would blow by Earl Webb's record of 67 doubles in 1931 for the Red Sox.

''Let me tell you: If they don't catch the ball I'm going to run to second base, 100 percent,'' Escobar said. ''My mentality when I make contact with the ball is to run all the way to second base.''

Escobar, who will be a free agent in the fall, has for the fourth straight season been slated for a utility role only to hit his way into regular duty after a setback in the infield. This year, injury and ineffectiveness for third baseman Miguel Sano paved Escobar's way into the everyday lineup.

''If he doesn't have a double a day, it's like a disappointment right now. He's unbelievable. He always finds a barrel,'' said teammate Trevor Hildenberger, who struck out American League RBI leader J.D. Martinez with runners at second and third to end the seventh after relieving Jose Berrios.

The Red Sox went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.

''Whenever you have a chance, you have to catch him,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said.

MOUND MASTERY

The late surge masked a classic pitching duel between Sale and Berrios, the six-time All-Star against the budding ace. Sale retired the first 14 batters he faced before Ehire Adrianza's soft roller to Rafael Devers at third base went for an infield single.

With a two-out home run by Devers in the sixth off Berrios, the Red Sox were in control. All it took was a single by Ryan LaMarre and a hit by pitch for Joe Mauer, though, to start a rally in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Escobar drove a 1-1 slider near the dirt from Sale down the left-field line for a 2-1 lead. Escobar pumped his arms back and forth before clapping and pointing at his teammates in the dugout.

''You know this guy. Every pitch is nasty,'' said Escobar, once a minor league teammate of Sale's in the Chicago White Sox system. ''I guess I made good contact.''

Sale finished seven innings, the 12th time in 16 starts this season he has logged at least six. This was the 11th turn in which he's yielded two runs or fewer and his fifth double-digit strikeout performance. In his last three starts, he has allowed only 11 hits in 21 innings. Yet the Red Sox are only 8-8 with him on the mound.

''I'm not going to hang my head about it. I know these guys in here want to win. I know they're not doing anything different on my day,'' Sale said. ''Maybe I'll bring popsicles or something for the boys.''

REED RELIEF

Struggling Twins right-hander Addison Reed, who has appeared in only one of the previous six games, has been at least temporarily removed from his setup role. Zach Duke (3-2) took the eighth inning instead and, with two outs, surrendered Sandy Leon's tying single that drove in Devers.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia, who has played in only three games this season because of inflammation in his left knee, has still not been cleared for baseball activities since returning to the DL three weeks ago. The lack of progress has been concerning, Cora acknowledged. ''It was major surgery. We didn't know what to expect. So we are where we are now, hoping that, yeah, he'll be back. When? We don't know,'' Cora said.

Twins: RHP Ervin Santana, yet to appear this season because of a slow recovery from surgery on his middle finger, threw a 35-pitch bullpen session before the game. He'll face live hitters on Friday, another step forward after his setback last month.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP David Price (8-4, 3.76 ERA) pitches Wednesday night. He is 6-0 in his last seven starts, with two runs or fewer allowed in all but one of those, when he gave up three runs. Price is 10-3 with a 2.52 ERA in his career against the Twins.

Twins: RHP Lance Lynn (4-5, 4.98 ERA) takes the mound in the middle game of the series. He's 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA over his last five turns, with a .195 batting average against him and 30 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings.

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  • W: Z. Duke (3-2)L: R. Scott (0-1)
  • HR: BOS - R. Devers (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF20000211.336.423.6921.1154.5
A. Benintendi LF40000123.295.380.534.9140.0
X. Bogaerts SS50100015.278.336.511.8470.5
J. Martinez DH50200023.317.388.6301.0181.0
M. Moreland 1B40100012.276.345.530.8740.5
R. Devers 3B42211012.243.290.430.7207.5
E. Nunez 2B40100003.247.277.348.6251.0
S. Leon C40110013.224.262.327.5891.5
J. Bradley CF30000111.182.279.297.5760.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B21000020.275.397.346.7432.0
    E. Rosario LF41000014.316.354.571.9250.5
    E. Escobar 3B41230010.305.355.586.9417.5
    B. Dozier 2B31000101.221.299.390.6892.0
    R. Grossman DH40120031.234.320.333.6533.5
    E. Adrianza SS40100021.253.314.409.7232.0
    T. Motter RF20000110.222.364.389.7530.5
    M. Garver C30000012.223.294.331.624-0.5
    R. LaMarre CF22100100.247.299.292.5914.0
      BATTING
      • HR - R. Devers (12)
      • RBI - R. Devers (36), S. Leon (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Devers (12), S. Leon (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Escobar 2 (32)
      • 3B - R. Grossman
      • RBI - E. Escobar 3 (48), R. Grossman 2 (18)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (14)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Adrianza (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley (3)
      • DP - (Bradley-Leon)
      • E - J. Bradley (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Berrios
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale7.032211102.740.9423.5
      R. Scott (L, 0-1)0.102210054.003.00-8.0
      J. Kelly0.02221003.191.00-5.0
      H. Velazquez0.20000001.821.380.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale7.0
      R. Scott (L, 0-1)0.1
      J. Kelly0.0
      H. Velazquez0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios6.15113613.380.9715.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 7)0.20001102.291.02-0.5
      Z. Duke (W, 3-2) (BS, 2)1.02110003.081.417.0
      F. Rodney1.01000302.961.233.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios6.1
      T. Hildenberger (H, 7)0.2
      Z. Duke (W, 3-2) (BS, 2)1.0
      F. Rodney1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Sale (8), R. Scott
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 105-78, R. Scott 18-9, J. Kelly 14-7, H. Velazquez 5-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 6-4
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 26, R. Scott 3, J. Kelly 3, H. Velazquez
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Berrios (2)
      • HBP - J. Berrios (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 101-59, T. Hildenberger 14-6, Z. Duke 18-10, F. Rodney 22-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 5-8, T. Hildenberger 1-0, Z. Duke 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 28, T. Hildenberger 3, Z. Duke 5, F. Rodney 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF20000211.336.423.6921.1154.5
      A. Benintendi LF40000123.295.380.534.9140.0
      X. Bogaerts SS50100015.278.336.511.8470.5
      J. Martinez DH50200023.317.388.6301.0181.0
      M. Moreland 1B40100012.276.345.530.8740.5
      R. Devers 3B42211012.243.290.430.7207.5
      E. Nunez 2B40100003.247.277.348.6251.0
      S. Leon C40110013.224.262.327.5891.5
      J. Bradley CF30000111.182.279.297.5760.5
      Total35282141023-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Mauer 1B21000020.275.397.346.7432.0
        E. Rosario LF41000014.316.354.571.9250.5
        E. Escobar 3B41230010.305.355.586.9417.5
        B. Dozier 2B31000101.221.299.390.6892.0
        R. Grossman DH40120031.234.320.333.6533.5
        E. Adrianza SS40100021.253.314.409.7232.0
        T. Motter RF20000110.222.364.389.7530.5
        M. Garver C30000012.223.294.331.624-0.5
        R. LaMarre CF22100100.247.299.292.5914.0
        Total2865503119-----
          BATTING
          • HR - R. Devers (12)
          • RBI - R. Devers (36), S. Leon (9)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Devers (12), S. Leon (5)
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Escobar 2 (32)
          • 3B - R. Grossman
          • RBI - E. Escobar 3 (48), R. Grossman 2 (18)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Betts (14)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - E. Adrianza (4)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley (3)
          • DP - (Bradley-Leon)
          • E - J. Bradley (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Berrios
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sale7.032211102.740.9423.5
          R. Scott (L, 0-1)0.102210054.003.00-8.0
          J. Kelly0.02221003.191.00-5.0
          H. Velazquez0.20000001.821.380.0
          Total8.05663110---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sale7.0
          R. Scott (L, 0-1)0.1
          J. Kelly0.0
          H. Velazquez0.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Berrios6.15113613.380.9715.0
          T. Hildenberger (H, 7)0.20001102.291.02-0.5
          Z. Duke (W, 3-2) (BS, 2)1.02110003.081.417.0
          F. Rodney1.01000302.961.233.5
          Total9.08224101---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Berrios6.1
          T. Hildenberger (H, 7)0.2
          Z. Duke (W, 3-2) (BS, 2)1.0
          F. Rodney1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. Sale (8), R. Scott
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 105-78, R. Scott 18-9, J. Kelly 14-7, H. Velazquez 5-2
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 6-4
          • Batters Faced - C. Sale 26, R. Scott 3, J. Kelly 3, H. Velazquez
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Berrios (2)
          • HBP - J. Berrios (6)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 101-59, T. Hildenberger 14-6, Z. Duke 18-10, F. Rodney 22-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 5-8, T. Hildenberger 1-0, Z. Duke 2-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 28, T. Hildenberger 3, Z. Duke 5, F. Rodney 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Grossman tripled to deep center, Escobar and Dozier scored26
            Escobar singled to left center, LaMarre and Mauer scored, Escobar to third on center fielder Bradley fielding error24
            Leon singled to right, Devers scored22
          • 6TH INNING
            Escobar doubled to deep left, LaMarre and Rosario scored12
            Devers homered to right center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Fernando Rodney relieved Zach Duke
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
            • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts singled to right center
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Bogaerts to second on fielder's indifference, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Zach Duke relieved Trevor Hildenberger
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moreland flied out to deep left
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers singled to center
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez grounded out to third, Devers to second
            • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Leon singled to right, Devers scored
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Robby Scott relieved Chris Sale
            • R. LaMarre: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, LaMarre walked
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Mauer hit by pitch, LaMarre to second
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rosario flied out to center
            • Joe Kelly relieved Robby Scott
            • E. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar singled to left center, LaMarre and Mauer scored, Escobar to third on center fielder Bradley fielding error
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Grossman tripled to deep center, Escobar and Dozier scored
            • Hector Velazquez relieved Joe Kelly
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Adrianza flied into double play center to catcher, Grossman out at home
            • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts hit by pitch
            • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Jose Berrios
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Betts stole second, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to third, Betts to third, Benintendi to second
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Adrianza struck out looking
            • T. Motter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Motter struck out swinging
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garver grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez lined out to right
            • M. Moreland: Moreland flied out to deep center
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Devers homered to right center
            • E. Nunez: Nunez singled to right center
            • S. Leon: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • R. LaMarre: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, LaMarre singled to left
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Mauer hit by pitch, LaMarre to second
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Rosario reached on fielder's choice to second, LaMarre to third, Mauer out at second
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Escobar doubled to deep left, LaMarre and Rosario scored
            • B. Dozier: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Grossman struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley flied out to deep right
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts walked
            • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Benintendi lined out to left
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier flied out to deep right
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
            • E. Adrianza: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Adrianza reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • T. Motter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Adrianza stole second, Foul, Ball, Motter walked
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Garver flied out to shallow right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez singled to right
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland singled to left, Martinez to second
            • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez fouled out to first
            • S. Leon: Foul, Leon flied out to right
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Mauer struck out looking
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Rosario struck out looking
            • E. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bradley to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Betts lined out to left
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Bradley to third on Berrios fielding error, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • T. Motter: Motter grounded out to first
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Garver struck out looking
            • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, LaMarre flied out to right
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Devers grounded out to second
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Nunez popped out to third
            • S. Leon: Leon grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to third
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
            • E. Adrianza: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts walked
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to pitcher, Betts to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Bogaerts struck out on foul tip
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Betts to third
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
            • E. Rosario: Rosario flied out to center
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)