RBI double by Garver lifts Twins over Red Sox 2-1

BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox had a big offensive night washed away by rain in their series finale against the Orioles.

In their series opener against the Twins, it was Kyle Gibson who shut them down.

Mitch Garver hit a tiebreaking RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning, and Minnesota held on to beat Boston 2-1 on Thursday night.

Gibson (5-7) limited Boston to four hits and one run in eight innings. Fernando Rodney surrendered a single and back-to-back walks to load the bases in the ninth, but he struck out Jackie Bradley Jr. to complete the five-hitter and earn his 22nd save in 27 opportunities.

The Twins (48-53) have won four straight. Boston (71-33) has lost three of five. Its lead in the AL East fell to 4 1/2 games over the New York Yankees, who beat Kansas City on Thursday.

Despite being down seven games to AL Central-leading Cleveland, Gibson said no one is giving up on the season.

''I guess we always play inspired,'' he said. ''You always want to win, you always want to do good for the team and give the team a chance to win. I think it's been a lot of fun finding ourselves right in the thick of it. ... We got a lot of confidence in here.''

Boston's Heath Hembree and Matt Barnes (3-3) combined to give up four hits and both of Minnesota's runs after Hembree relieved starter Brian Johnson in the sixth.

Johnson allowed three hits in the first inning. He then retired 14 straight before surrendering a walk in the sixth.

His night ended after 5 2/3 innings, in which he allowed four hits and struck out five. It was one of the best starts in the major leagues for Johnson, who's worked mostly out of the bullpen this season. He threw a five-hit shutout against Seattle last May.

Johnson will now head back to the bullpen after Boston acquired Nathan Eovaldi from Tampa Bay, and he said the change in assignment doesn't bother him.

''I'm kind of just putting my head down and working as hard as I can,'' Johnson said. ''If I have to make a start I'm gonna do it. If I have to go to the bullpen I'm gonna do it. It's part of my role and I'm totally OK with it.''

The Red Sox took the lead in the second on Mookie Betts' double-play grounder, and it held up until the seventh, when Minnesota also scored on a double play.

Eddie Rosario was thrown out at home in the sixth on a relay that went from Bradley to Rafael Devers to Brock Holt to catcher Blake Swihart. Bradley also threw out Mauer at home in the first.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Manager Paul Molitor said right-hander Addison Reed (right elbow impingement) is headed to Triple-A Rochester to begin a rehab assignment. Molitor said the plan is for Reed to make at least two starts there. He hasn't pitched since July 10. ''It just seems to be the proper thing for him to do long-term,'' Molitor said.

Red Sox: Manager Alex Cora said LHP Eduardo Rodriguez will be checked out by doctors in the next few days. Rodriguez remains in a walking boot after spraining his right ankle on July 14.

DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK

It was Minnesota's 22nd come-from-behind victory of the season. The Twins also earned their eighth win when trailing after six innings. Boston dropped to 58-4 when leading after six innings.

MOVING ON UP

With his 322nd career save, Rodney passed Jose Mesa for sole possession of 19th on the all-time save list. He now trails Boston's Craig Kimbrel (323) by one.

UP NEXT

Twins: Lance Lynn (7-8, 5.23 ERA) is set to make his second start of the season and against the Red Sox on Friday. He is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in four career starts against Boston.

Red Sox: Chris Sale (11-4, 2.13 ERA) has recorded 57 strikeouts while allowing one run over his last five starts.

---

More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

---

Follow Kyle Hightower on Twitter at https://twitter.com/khightower

Copyright 2018 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
MIN48-53
000000110280
BOS71-33
010000000150
  • W: K. Gibson (5-7)L: M. Barnes (3-3)S: F. Rodney (22)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Mauer 1B40100011.284.366.378.7440.5
E. Rosario LF30000111.308.351.517.8680.5
B. Dozier 2B31200110.228.310.414.7245.5
E. Escobar 3B30100112.274.338.514.8521.5
M. Garver DH30110102.271.354.420.7744.0
R. Grossman RF41100014.257.332.372.7041.5
J. Cave CF00000000.287.326.517.8430.0
M. Kepler CF-RF40100010.227.316.414.7290.5
E. Adrianza SS40000010.252.312.391.703-0.5
B. Wilson C40100020.173.225.264.4890.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF40010020.347.432.6601.0920.0
    A. Benintendi LF30000100.300.385.516.9011.0
    J. Martinez DH40100021.323.386.6401.0260.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40200010.282.348.529.8762.5
    S. Pearce 1B30000110.319.388.538.9260.5
    R. Devers 3B40100004.242.292.415.7071.0
    B. Swihart C31100100.218.288.287.5753.0
    B. Holt 2B20000101.278.360.371.7312.0
    J. Bradley CF40000024.207.294.344.639-1.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Garver (11)
      • RBI - M. Garver (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Garver (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - X. Bogaerts (30)
      • RBI - M. Betts (53)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Dozier (7)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Adrianza-Mauer-Escobar)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley 2 (6)
      • DP - (Holt-Bogaerts-Pearce)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (W, 5-7)8.04112703.421.2130.5
      F. Rodney (S, 22)1.01002103.351.357.5
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (W, 5-7)8.0
      F. Rodney (S, 22)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Johnson5.24003503.451.4010.5
      H. Hembree (BS, 1)1.03110003.861.36-1.0
      M. Barnes (L, 3-3)1.11111302.441.11-3.5
      R. Brasier1.00000100.000.633.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Johnson5.2
      H. Hembree (BS, 1)1.0
      M. Barnes (L, 3-3)1.1
      R. Brasier1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - K. Gibson (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 120-67, F. Rodney 25-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 10-6, F. Rodney 1-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 30, F. Rodney 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Johnson
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Johnson 84-53, H. Hembree 23-15, M. Barnes 24-15, R. Brasier 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Johnson 4-6, H. Hembree 2-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Johnson 22, H. Hembree 5, M. Barnes 6, R. Brasier 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      MIN48-53
      000000110280
      BOS71-33
      010000000150
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Mauer 1B40100011.284.366.378.7440.5
      E. Rosario LF30000111.308.351.517.8680.5
      B. Dozier 2B31200110.228.310.414.7245.5
      E. Escobar 3B30100112.274.338.514.8521.5
      M. Garver DH30110102.271.354.420.7744.0
      R. Grossman RF41100014.257.332.372.7041.5
      J. Cave CF00000000.287.326.517.8430.0
      M. Kepler CF-RF40100010.227.316.414.7290.5
      E. Adrianza SS40000010.252.312.391.703-0.5
      B. Wilson C40100020.173.225.264.4890.0
      Total3228104910-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF40010020.347.432.6601.0920.0
        A. Benintendi LF30000100.300.385.516.9011.0
        J. Martinez DH40100021.323.386.6401.0260.0
        X. Bogaerts SS40200010.282.348.529.8762.5
        S. Pearce 1B30000110.319.388.538.9260.5
        R. Devers 3B40100004.242.292.415.7071.0
        B. Swihart C31100100.218.288.287.5753.0
        B. Holt 2B20000101.278.360.371.7312.0
        J. Bradley CF40000024.207.294.344.639-1.0
        Total3115104810-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Garver (11)
          • RBI - M. Garver (21)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Garver (11)
          BATTING
          • 2B - X. Bogaerts (30)
          • RBI - M. Betts (53)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Dozier (7)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Adrianza-Mauer-Escobar)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley 2 (6)
          • DP - (Holt-Bogaerts-Pearce)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Gibson (W, 5-7)8.04112703.421.2130.5
          F. Rodney (S, 22)1.01002103.351.357.5
          Total9.0511480---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Gibson (W, 5-7)8.0
          F. Rodney (S, 22)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Johnson5.24003503.451.4010.5
          H. Hembree (BS, 1)1.03110003.861.36-1.0
          M. Barnes (L, 3-3)1.11111302.441.11-3.5
          R. Brasier1.00000100.000.633.5
          Total9.0822490---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Johnson5.2
          H. Hembree (BS, 1)1.0
          M. Barnes (L, 3-3)1.1
          R. Brasier1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - K. Gibson (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 120-67, F. Rodney 25-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 10-6, F. Rodney 1-1
          • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 30, F. Rodney 6
          PITCHING
          • WP - B. Johnson
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Johnson 84-53, H. Hembree 23-15, M. Barnes 24-15, R. Brasier 9-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Johnson 4-6, H. Hembree 2-0
          • Batters Faced - B. Johnson 22, H. Hembree 5, M. Barnes 6, R. Brasier 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Garver doubled to left center, Dozier scored21
          • 7TH INNING
            Adrianza grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Grossman scored, Kepler out at second11
          • 2ND INNING
            Betts grounded out to shortstop, Swihart scored, Bradley out at third01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ryan Brasier relieved Matt Barnes
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Kepler popped out to shortstop
            • E. Adrianza: Foul, Ball, Adrianza lined out to center
            • B. Wilson: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Wilson struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Fernando Rodney relieved Kyle Gibson
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts singled to center
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Pearce grounded out to catcher, Bogaerts to second
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Devers fouled out to third
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Swihart walked
            • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Holt walked, Bogaerts to third, Swihart to second
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • M. Barnes Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier stole second
            • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garver doubled to left center, Dozier scored
            • R. Grossman: Grossman flied out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jake Cave in center field
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • H. Hembree Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Grossman singled to left
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler singled to right center, Grossman to third
            • E. Adrianza: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Adrianza grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Grossman scored, Kepler out at second
            • B. Wilson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Wilson singled to right center
            • Matt Barnes relieved Heath Hembree
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • B. Swihart: Foul, Swihart lined out to right
            • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Holt lined out to first
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Mauer lined out to left
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Dozier singled to center, Rosario out at home, Dozier to second
            • E. Escobar: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
            • Heath Hembree relieved Brian Johnson
            • M. Garver: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Garver grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pearce struck out looking
            • R. Devers: Ball, Devers grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Kepler lined out to center
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Adrianza struck out looking
            • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Foul, Wilson flied out to center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley grounded out to third
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Martinez grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • E. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garver flied out to deep right
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pearce grounded out to third
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Devers singled to center
            • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Swihart grounded out to second, Devers to second
            • B. Holt: Holt flied out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mauer grounded out to third
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario flied out to deep center
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Benintendi flied out to left
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Adrianza grounded out to third
            • B. Wilson: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Wilson struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • B. Swihart: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Swihart singled to left
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Holt hit by pitch, Swihart to second
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley reached on fielder's choice to second, Swihart to third, Holt out at second
            • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Pickoff attempt to third, Betts grounded out to shortstop, Swihart scored, Bradley out at third
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Mauer singled to left center
            • E. Rosario: Rosario flied out to center
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier singled to center, Mauer to second
            • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar singled to center, Mauer out at home, Dozier to second
            • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier to third, Escobar to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Ball, Garver walked
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi lined out to center
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez singled to right center
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Martinez to third
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked
            • R. Devers: Devers flied out to left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)