Kepler, Grossman homer to help Twins beat Red Sox 4-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Facing a run of starting pitching that included two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Chris Sale and David Price, the Minnesota Twins could have seen their fledgling playoff hopes fade toward another long summer.

Instead, Minnesota's been rejuvenated by beating some of the best pitching in the American League.

Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler homered to back an effective start by Lance Lynn as the Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Grossman led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run and Kepler added a two-run shot off Boston starter David Price (8-5). Brian Dozier added a pair of doubles to help Minnesota win for the fourth time in five games.

The Twins beat Kluber and Carrasco in taking two of three games at Cleveland before returning home and winning the first two games against the Red Sox with Sale and Price starting.

''Yeah, after the game when you acknowledge who's on the mound,'' Kepler said when asked if Minnesota can take something away from beating the recent competition. ''I feel like we go into games and we're kind of blind to who's on the mound and we grind together, which is awesome about this team.''

Lynn (5-5) again struggled with command, issuing five walks, but he surrendered just one unearned run and three hits in five innings.

Four relievers combined for four scoreless innings, retiring 12 of the final 13 batters, with Fernando Rodney securing his 16th save in 19 chances.

''If you can find a way to battle every at-bat, wait for something to break, try to build pitch-count when you can, and if you're holding them down as our starting pitching has been doing, you know you've got a chance late,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said.

The Red Sox were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and are 2 for 22 in the first two games of the series. They've stranded 18 baserunners in the two games and lost for the fourth time in five games.

''Pitching-wise, we've been great,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said. ''I'll take that. If we keep throwing the ball the way we've been throwing we're going to win a lot of ballgames. We know the offense, you know how it is.''

Lynn has had an uncharacteristic wild season in his first year with the Twins. He walked at least five batters for the fifth time in 14 starts. But the veteran right-hander has limited the damage and allowed less than three runs in five of his last six starts.

''Command was really not there,'' Lynn said. ''But I was able to make pitches with runners in scoring position and not give up a bunch of runs. With this offense we have, you keep them to one run, we're going to win the games more times than not.''

Boston's lone run scored in the second as Lynn couldn't catch first baseman Logan Morrison's high throw to first for the final out of the inning, allowing Mitch Moreland to score from second base on an error charged to Morrison.

''We've been through stuff like this in the past, even this year early on,'' Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts said of the offense. ''The pitching has been doing great. It's up to us now to come through.''

PAYING THE PRICE

Price was hurt by the home run but allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk. He had given up just one home run in his previous five starts and seven total in 14 starts this season coming into Wednesday.

''Not so much that he could hit it like he did, but to keep it fair, that's pretty impressive,'' Price said of Kepler's home run.

SHOWING SIGNS

Dozier had just one extra-base hit in his previous 13 games while hitting .068. His double off the left-field wall in the eighth plated Eddie Rosario.

Kepler hit his first home run in 22 games and the fifth of his eight this season against left-handed pitching. Kepler was hitting .158 over his previous 21 games with just four RBIs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz is getting closer to having his first throwing session since he went on the 10-day disabled list on June 5 for left biceps tendonitis. Cora said Pomeranz was dealing with soreness in his neck but has recovered.

Twins: Molitor said OF Byron Buxton's first rehab game in Triple-A on Tuesday went well and that his left foot with the broken toe is ''in a good place and we haven't said that for about seven weeks or so.'' There is no timetable for Buxton's return.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (8-3, 3.70 ERA) will start the series and road trip finale on Thursday afternoon. Porcello pitched six innings and gave up four runs in a no-decision at Seattle in his last start.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (2-4, 3.27) counters for Minnesota. Gibson has allowed five total runs over his last four starts, spanning 26 2/3 innings.

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  • W: L. Lynn (5-5)L: D. Price (8-5)S: F. Rodney (16)
  • HR: MIN - R. Grossman (3), M. Kepler (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Betts RF40200001.340.424.6881.1122.0
A. Benintendi LF30000102.292.379.528.9061.0
X. Bogaerts SS40100003.277.335.511.8452.0
J. Martinez DH40000014.312.383.6211.004-0.5
M. Moreland 1B31100120.277.348.527.8742.0
R. Devers 3B30000101.240.290.425.7151.0
B. Holt 2B30000112.293.373.407.780-0.5
C. Vazquez C40000013.210.253.284.537-0.5
J. Bradley CF20000101.180.280.294.5741.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Grossman DH41111001.234.318.349.6676.0
    E. Rosario LF31200111.320.359.579.9384.5
    E. Escobar 3B40000014.300.350.577.927-0.5
    B. Dozier 2B41210012.221.299.395.6947.5
    L. Morrison 1B30000101.189.298.340.6381.0
    E. Adrianza SS40100023.253.312.405.7170.0
    M. Kepler RF31121001.226.316.414.7307.0
    M. Garver C30000001.218.288.323.6110.0
    R. LaMarre CF30100010.250.300.293.5930.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - X. Bogaerts (18)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Dozier 2 (14)
      • 3B - E. Rosario (2)
      • HR - R. Grossman (3), M. Kepler (8)
      • RBI - R. Grossman (19), B. Dozier (30), M. Kepler 2 (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler 2 (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - B. Holt (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Dozier (4)
      • CS - E. Rosario (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Devers-Holt-Moreland)
      • E - R. Devers (15)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Dozier-Adrianza-Morrison)
      • E - L. Morrison (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Price (L, 8-5)6.07331323.811.216.5
      H. Hembree1.00000103.981.293.5
      B. Johnson1.01111204.861.441.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Price (L, 8-5)6.0
      H. Hembree1.0
      B. Johnson1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Lynn (W, 5-5)5.03105204.641.6015.0
      T. Rogers (H, 3)1.00000204.711.294.0
      A. Reed (H, 8)1.01000003.671.342.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 8)1.00000102.230.993.5
      F. Rodney (S, 16)1.00000002.841.1810.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Lynn (W, 5-5)5.0
      T. Rogers (H, 3)1.0
      A. Reed (H, 8)1.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 8)1.0
      F. Rodney (S, 16)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 100-60, H. Hembree 10-8, B. Johnson 30-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 4-10, B. Johnson 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Price 25, H. Hembree 3, B. Johnson 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 97-50, T. Rogers 15-9, A. Reed 15-11, T. Hildenberger 17-12, F. Rodney 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 9-3, A. Reed 1-2, T. Hildenberger 1-1, F. Rodney 2-1
      • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 22, T. Rogers 3, A. Reed 4, T. Hildenberger 3, F. Rodney 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF40200001.340.424.6881.1122.0
      A. Benintendi LF30000102.292.379.528.9061.0
      X. Bogaerts SS40100003.277.335.511.8452.0
      J. Martinez DH40000014.312.383.6211.004-0.5
      M. Moreland 1B31100120.277.348.527.8742.0
      R. Devers 3B30000101.240.290.425.7151.0
      B. Holt 2B30000112.293.373.407.780-0.5
      C. Vazquez C40000013.210.253.284.537-0.5
      J. Bradley CF20000101.180.280.294.5741.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        R. Grossman DH41111001.234.318.349.6676.0
        E. Rosario LF31200111.320.359.579.9384.5
        E. Escobar 3B40000014.300.350.577.927-0.5
        B. Dozier 2B41210012.221.299.395.6947.5
        L. Morrison 1B30000101.189.298.340.6381.0
        E. Adrianza SS40100023.253.312.405.7170.0
        M. Kepler RF31121001.226.316.414.7307.0
        M. Garver C30000001.218.288.323.6110.0
        R. LaMarre CF30100010.250.300.293.5930.5
        Total3148422614-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - X. Bogaerts (18)
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Dozier 2 (14)
          • 3B - E. Rosario (2)
          • HR - R. Grossman (3), M. Kepler (8)
          • RBI - R. Grossman (19), B. Dozier (30), M. Kepler 2 (28)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler 2 (12)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - B. Holt (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Dozier (4)
          • CS - E. Rosario (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Devers-Holt-Moreland)
          • E - R. Devers (15)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Dozier-Adrianza-Morrison)
          • E - L. Morrison (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Price (L, 8-5)6.07331323.811.216.5
          H. Hembree1.00000103.981.293.5
          B. Johnson1.01111204.861.441.0
          Total8.0844262---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Price (L, 8-5)6.0
          H. Hembree1.0
          B. Johnson1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Lynn (W, 5-5)5.03105204.641.6015.0
          T. Rogers (H, 3)1.00000204.711.294.0
          A. Reed (H, 8)1.01000003.671.342.0
          T. Hildenberger (H, 8)1.00000102.230.993.5
          F. Rodney (S, 16)1.00000002.841.1810.0
          Total9.0410550---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Lynn (W, 5-5)5.0
          T. Rogers (H, 3)1.0
          A. Reed (H, 8)1.0
          T. Hildenberger (H, 8)1.0
          F. Rodney (S, 16)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 100-60, H. Hembree 10-8, B. Johnson 30-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 4-10, B. Johnson 1-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Price 25, H. Hembree 3, B. Johnson 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 97-50, T. Rogers 15-9, A. Reed 15-11, T. Hildenberger 17-12, F. Rodney 11-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 9-3, A. Reed 1-2, T. Hildenberger 1-1, F. Rodney 2-1
          • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 22, T. Rogers 3, A. Reed 4, T. Hildenberger 3, F. Rodney 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Dozier doubled to deep left, Rosario scored14
          • 4TH INNING
            Kepler homered to right, Dozier scored13
          • 2ND INNING
            Bradley safe at first on 1st baseman Morrison fielding error, Moreland scored, Holt to third11
          • 1ST INNING
            Grossman homered to left center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Fernando Rodney relieved Trevor Hildenberger
            • R. Devers: Ball, Devers flied out to center
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Holt grounded out to first
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Addison Reed
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to second
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez lined out to right
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brian Johnson relieved Heath Hembree
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Dozier doubled to deep left, Rosario scored
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier stole third, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Morrison grounded out to first
            • E. Adrianza: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Addison Reed relieved Taylor Rogers
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Bradley flied out to deep center
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Betts singled to left
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Heath Hembree relieved David Price
            • M. Garver: Strike swinging, Garver flied out to deep center
            • R. LaMarre: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, LaMarre struck out looking
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Foul, Grossman flied out to deep right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Taylor Rogers relieved Lance Lynn
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Devers flied out to deep right
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • L. Morrison: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison grounded out to first
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Kepler lined out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
            • M. Betts: Betts grounded out to second, Bradley to second
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bradley to third, Benintendi out at second
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • R. LaMarre: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, LaMarre singled to center
            • R. Grossman: Foul, Ball, Grossman flied out to center
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Escobar reached on fielder's choice to third, LaMarre to second on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dozier lined out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Moreland singled to left center
            • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Devers walked, Moreland to second
            • B. Holt: Ball, Holt grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Moreland to third, Devers out at second
            • C. Vazquez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dozier doubled to deep left
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
            • E. Adrianza: Strike swinging, Adrianza grounded into double play third to second to first, Dozier to third, Morrison out at second
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Foul, Kepler homered to right, Dozier scored
            • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Garver flied out to right
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Betts singled to left
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi grounded out to third, Betts to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to third
            • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, LaMarre flied out to deep right
            • R. Grossman: Grossman flied out to left
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Rosario tripled to deep right
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland walked
            • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Devers fouled out to first
            • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Holt walked, Moreland to second
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez lined out to first
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bradley safe at first on 1st baseman Morrison fielding error, Moreland scored, Holt to third
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Holt picked off at home, catcher to third to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Morrison flied out to right
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Adrianza singled to left
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler lined out to shortstop
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Garver lined out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts flied out to right
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to shortstop
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts doubled to deep right
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grossman homered to left center
            • E. Rosario: Rosario reached on an infield single to second
            • E. Escobar: Foul, Strike looking, Escobar flied out to right
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rosario picked off at second, pitcher to first to second to pitcher, Strike looking, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)