Porcello allows 1 hit through 7; Red Sox beat Twins 9-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) What Rick Porcello did six days ago carried over into an outstanding performance.

Porcello allowed one hit in seven innings, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi homered, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 9-2 Thursday to avoid a series sweep.

Xander Bogaerts had two RBIs for the Red Sox, who had a season-high 16 hits, and finished 6-4 on a road trip through Baltimore, Seattle and Minnesota.

''We definitely needed a win today, especially to end this long road trip after dropping the first two games to these guys,'' Porcello said.

He was dominant in a game that was 2-0 through six innings.

After a first-inning single by Logan Morrison, ending a 0-for-30 stretch against Boston, Porcello (9-3) retired 19 of 20 Twins hitters, including the last 16. Throwing 97 pitches, he struck out five and walked one.

Porcello finished seven innings for the first time in 10 starts since April 29. His best previous start of the season was April 12 against the Yankees, when he allowed two hits and struck out six in seven innings.

Last Friday in Seattle, Porcello allowed four earned runs and seven hits in six innings. But his mood was much different in the final inning.

''I was just pitching a lot more relaxed, the delivery was smooth and I executed, so I tried to carry that with the tempo and everything into today,'' he said.

''He was under control,'' said manager Alex Cora.

Kyle Gibson (2-5) allowed seven hits and two earned runs in six innings for Minnesota, striking out five for his ninth quality start this season. He had only 10 in 2017 and eight in 2016.

Betts hit the first pitch of the fifth inning into the front row of seats in right-center for a 2-0 lead. He finished with three hits and has reached base eight times in his last three games.

''He likes to take a lot of first pitches and then once in a while ambushes, and he got him that time,'' said Twins manager Paul Molitor.

The Red Sox were 5 for 14 with runners in scoring position, finishing the three-game series 7 for 36.

''It was a just couple tough days,'' Betts said. ''We came out ready to swing it and we just showed what we can do.''

Bogaerts' two-run double keyed a three-run seventh against Ryan Pressly. Benintendi hit a two-run shot in the eighth.

PREPARATION PAID OFF

With left-handed hitting Joe Mauer up, Betts, playing right field, shifted to right-center and barely had to move to catch a fly ball. Betts then waved a card telling him where to play toward the dugout.

''It was an extreme one from the analytical department,'' Cora said. ''. I'm glad that it happened. They believe in what we're doing, but sometimes they see something extremely out of the ordinary. I was the happiest guy, like `Thank God they hit it right there.'''

PORCELLO PURPOSE?

Porcello moved into a tie for the American League with his 10th hit batsman in the first, when he knocked Eduardo Escobar down with a fastball that plunked the major league leader in doubles just above his right elbow. Escobar stayed in the game for two more innings, but was removed after striking out in the third, and was diagnosed with a bruise.

In the top of the inning, J.D. Martinez had to hit the dirt to dodge a high-and-inside pitch from Gibson.

''It didn't look particularly good to me,'' said Molitor, pausing to choose his words carefully.

Said Escobar, through an interpreter: ''I respect Porcello a lot. He's one of the best pitchers in the league. If he did it on purpose, I don't really know what the purpose is behind it. I've never done anything against him. I was trying to protect myself, and we'll just move on.''

Gibson hit Sandy Leon with a pitch in the sixth. In the game Tuesday, Red Sox starter Chris Sale hit Mauer before Jose Berrios plunked Betts and Mauer was hit again by reliever Robby Scott.

TRAINERS ROOM

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz, out since June 5 with left biceps tendinitis, is expected to get on a mound this weekend and throw a bullpen session, according to Cora.

Twins: OF Eddie Rosario missed the game with a sore throwing shoulder. He is considered day to day. Since May 1, Rosario is hitting .364 with a league-best 68 hits in that span, including 16 doubles and 13 home runs.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Open a six-game homestand Friday with RHP Steven Wright (2-1, 1.23) scheduled to start against Seattle LHP Wade LeBlanc (3-0, 2.63).

Twins: Welcome Texas on Friday for a three-game weekend series with RHP Fernando Romero (3-2, 4.17) to face the Rangers' LHP Mike Minor (4-4. 5.35).

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  • W: R. Porcello (9-3)L: K. Gibson (2-5)
  • HR: BOS - M. Betts (19), A. Benintendi (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Benintendi LF61221033.292.378.534.9126.5
J. Martinez DH42200111.315.386.6231.0095.5
M. Moreland 1B32210212.288.363.539.9027.5
X. Bogaerts SS51220004.280.336.513.8496.0
R. Devers 3B50010024.232.281.414.6960.0
B. Holt 2B51200003.297.374.414.7884.0
S. Leon C21210100.240.290.340.6306.0
a- B. Swihart PH-C10000011.147.216.176.393-0.5
J. Bradley CF50110015.181.278.292.5701.5
  • a-struck out for Leon in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Mauer 1B30000000.269.390.340.7300.0
M. Garver 1B11100000.224.293.328.6212.0
B. Dozier 2B41100000.221.298.396.6953.0
E. Escobar 3B10000010.299.351.575.9260.5
T. Motter 3B20010001.200.333.350.6831.0
L. Morrison DH30110000.191.297.340.6372.0
R. Grossman LF40000012.229.312.341.653-0.5
M. Kepler RF30000010.223.313.409.722-0.5
E. Adrianza SS30000020.248.307.398.704-1.0
R. LaMarre CF20100100.255.311.298.6092.0
B. Wilson C30000002.140.190.263.4540.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Martinez (16), M. Moreland (14), X. Bogaerts (19), B. Holt (10)
    • HR - M. Betts (19), A. Benintendi (13)
    • RBI - M. Betts (39), A. Benintendi 2 (49), M. Moreland (35), X. Bogaerts 2 (43), R. Devers (37), S. Leon (10), J. Bradley (17)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (16), M. Moreland (11), S. Leon (6), J. Bradley (7)
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Dozier (15)
    • SF - L. Morrison
    • RBI - T. Motter (2), L. Morrison (25)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Devers-Holt-Moreland)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Adrianza-Dozier-Mauer)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Porcello (W, 9-3)7.01001503.441.1031.5
    H. Velazquez2.03220002.211.391.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Porcello (W, 9-3)7.0
    H. Velazquez2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (L, 2-5)6.07223513.251.216.5
    R. Pressly0.12331104.151.44-5.5
    T. Rogers0.20000004.601.260.0
    M. Belisle1.04330115.931.24-3.5
    M. Magill1.03110201.460.890.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gibson (L, 2-5)6.0
    R. Pressly0.1
    T. Rogers0.2
    M. Belisle1.0
    M. Magill1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - R. Porcello (10)
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 97-65, H. Velazquez 27-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 4-12, H. Velazquez 3-2
    • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 24, H. Velazquez 8
    PITCHING
    • HBP - K. Gibson (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 105-65, R. Pressly 19-11, T. Rogers 8-4, M. Belisle 23-16, M. Magill 27-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 3-9, T. Rogers 2-0
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 28, R. Pressly 4, T. Rogers 2, M. Belisle 7, M. Magill 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF61311001.344.426.6971.1238.0
    A. Benintendi LF61221033.292.378.534.9126.5
    J. Martinez DH42200111.315.386.6231.0095.5
    M. Moreland 1B32210212.288.363.539.9027.5
    X. Bogaerts SS51220004.280.336.513.8496.0
    R. Devers 3B50010024.232.281.414.6960.0
    B. Holt 2B51200003.297.374.414.7884.0
    S. Leon C21210100.240.290.340.6306.0
    a- B. Swihart PH-C10000011.147.216.176.393-0.5
    J. Bradley CF50110015.181.278.292.5701.5
    Total42916924924-----
    • a-struck out for Leon in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B30000000.269.390.340.7300.0
    M. Garver 1B11100000.224.293.328.6212.0
    B. Dozier 2B41100000.221.298.396.6953.0
    E. Escobar 3B10000010.299.351.575.9260.5
    T. Motter 3B20010001.200.333.350.6831.0
    L. Morrison DH30110000.191.297.340.6372.0
    R. Grossman LF40000012.229.312.341.653-0.5
    M. Kepler RF30000010.223.313.409.722-0.5
    E. Adrianza SS30000020.248.307.398.704-1.0
    R. LaMarre CF20100100.255.311.298.6092.0
    B. Wilson C30000002.140.190.263.4540.0
    Total292420155-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Martinez (16), M. Moreland (14), X. Bogaerts (19), B. Holt (10)
      • HR - M. Betts (19), A. Benintendi (13)
      • RBI - M. Betts (39), A. Benintendi 2 (49), M. Moreland (35), X. Bogaerts 2 (43), R. Devers (37), S. Leon (10), J. Bradley (17)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (16), M. Moreland (11), S. Leon (6), J. Bradley (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Dozier (15)
      • SF - L. Morrison
      • RBI - T. Motter (2), L. Morrison (25)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Devers-Holt-Moreland)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Adrianza-Dozier-Mauer)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (W, 9-3)7.01001503.441.1031.5
      H. Velazquez2.03220002.211.391.0
      Total9.0422150---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (W, 9-3)7.0
      H. Velazquez2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (L, 2-5)6.07223513.251.216.5
      R. Pressly0.12331104.151.44-5.5
      T. Rogers0.20000004.601.260.0
      M. Belisle1.04330115.931.24-3.5
      M. Magill1.03110201.460.890.0
      Total9.01699492---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (L, 2-5)6.0
      R. Pressly0.1
      T. Rogers0.2
      M. Belisle1.0
      M. Magill1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - R. Porcello (10)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 97-65, H. Velazquez 27-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 4-12, H. Velazquez 3-2
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 24, H. Velazquez 8
      PITCHING
      • HBP - K. Gibson (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 105-65, R. Pressly 19-11, T. Rogers 8-4, M. Belisle 23-16, M. Magill 27-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 3-9, T. Rogers 2-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 28, R. Pressly 4, T. Rogers 2, M. Belisle 7, M. Magill 6
      • 9TH INNING
        Morrison hit sacrifice fly to center, Dozier scored92
        Motter grounded out to second, Garver scored, Dozier to third91
        Bradley singled to right center, Holt scored90
      • 8TH INNING
        Moreland doubled to deep center, Martinez scored80
        Benintendi homered to center, Leon scored70
      • 7TH INNING
        Devers grounded out to second, Bogaerts scored50
        Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Martinez and Moreland scored, Bogaerts to third40
      • 5TH INNING
        Betts homered to right center20
      • 4TH INNING
        Leon singled to right, Moreland scored, Holt to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Mitch Garver at first base
        • Matt Magill relieved Matt Belisle
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers lined out to right
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Holt doubled to deep center
        • Blake Swihart hit for Sandy Leon
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley singled to right center, Holt scored
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Betts singled to left, Bradley to second
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garver singled to center
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Dozier doubled to deep center, Garver to third
        • T. Motter: Motter grounded out to second, Garver scored, Dozier to third
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison hit sacrifice fly to center, Dozier scored
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman grounded out to second
        • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Matt Belisle relieved Taylor Rogers
        • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Leon singled to shallow right center
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts lined out to left
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi homered to center, Leon scored
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez doubled to deep center
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Moreland doubled to deep center, Martinez scored
        • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts popped out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Hector Velazquez relieved Rick Porcello
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Adrianza flied out to shallow center
        • R. LaMarre: Foul, Ball, Ball, LaMarre reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • B. Wilson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Wilson grounded into double play third to second to first, LaMarre out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Kyle Gibson
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez singled to center
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked, Martinez to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Martinez and Moreland scored, Bogaerts to third
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Ryan Pressly
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Devers grounded out to second, Bogaerts scored
        • B. Holt: Ball, Holt grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Morrison flied out to right
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grossman flied out to right
        • M. Kepler: Kepler flied out to deep right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Leon hit by pitch
        • J. Bradley: Bradley grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Leon out at second
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mauer lined out to right
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Dozier flied out to center
        • T. Motter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Motter popped out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Betts homered to right center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Benintendi singled to center
        • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Martinez flied out to right
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Moreland singled to right, Benintendi to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts reached on an infield single to shortstop, Benintendi to third, Moreland to second
        • R. Devers: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Devers popped out to second
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Holt grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
        • R. LaMarre: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, LaMarre lined out to third
        • B. Wilson: Ball, Wilson lined out to left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Taylor Motter at third base
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked
        • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts lined out to center
        • R. Devers: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Holt singled to right, Moreland to second
        • S. Leon: Leon singled to right, Moreland scored, Holt to third
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Bradley popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison popped out to third
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts popped out to shortstop
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Foul, Ball, Foul, Mauer grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dozier lined out to left
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Escobar struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
        • B. Holt: Holt grounded out to first
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Leon walked
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley lined out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler flied out to center
        • E. Adrianza: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
        • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, LaMarre walked
        • B. Wilson: Wilson flied out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts singled to left
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi lined out to left
        • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked, Betts to second
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts lined out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mauer grounded out to second
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Dozier grounded out to third
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Escobar hit by pitch
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Morrison singled to left, Escobar to second
        • R. Grossman: Foul, Foul, Foul, Grossman grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)