Game-ending homer by Betts lifts Boston over Twins 4-3 in 10

BOSTON (AP) Mookie Betts ended a series of late rallies with a home run that cleared Fenway Park and set off another celebration in Boston.

Betts led off the bottom of the 10th with a shot well over the Green Monster to lift the Boston Red Sox past the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Friday night.

''Fortunately, I got enough of a good pitch to hit and got it up in the air,'' Betts said after his first game-ending home run.

Betts homer capped a wild last few innings. The Twins rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take a one-run lead in the top of the ninth. Rafael Devers hit a leadoff homer in the bottom of the inning to force extras.

''That's the definition of a team - we've just to pick each other up,'' Betts said. ''We may not do everything well one particular night, but we can find a way to win a game and I think that's what makes us good.''

It was the 25th homer of the season for Betts, Boston's All-Star right fielder who is leading the majors with a .345 batting average.

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer in the fifth for Boston and Chris Sale struck out 10 over six scoreless innings. Sale was on track to win his sixth straight start before the late hits took both starters out of the decision.

''Just unbelievable. We know what this lineup can do,'' Sale said. ''Our guys are just picking us up.''

Tyler Thornburg (1-0) got the win by holding the Twins scoreless in the 10th after Craig Kimbrel blew a shot at his 33rd save in the ninth. Eddie Rosario hit a two-run double with two outs in the ninth to give Minnesota its first lead.

Kimbrel came in for the last out of the eighth but couldn't survive his own control issues in the ninth. Robbie Grossman drew a walk with one out and advanced on a wild pitch, Jorge Polanco walked with two outs and Rosario drove in both with a double to center.

''We hung around, we made Sale work,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''We didn't score but we got him up there.''

Sale was done after throwing 100 pitches in six innings. The Twins rallied against Boston's bullpen, but couldn't hold the lead themselves.

Devers homered off Fernando Rodney with a line drive to right, just out of Max Kepler's reach as he crashed hard into the short wall. Kepler stayed down on the warning track for a minute or two but remained in the game.

It was the sixth blown save of the season for Rodney. Matt Belisle (1-1) took over in the 10th and faced only Betts, who ended it with his 25th homer of the season.

''We're a good offensive team, we're just kind of struggling right now,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said.

Lance Lynn also pitched six innings, holding Boston to just two runs on Bradley's homer in the fifth. He struck out three and walked two.

MORE MOOKIE

Betts' teammates cooled him off by dousing him with a cooler full of ice water when he answered the curtain call from the Red Sox fans who stuck around in the heat for the ending.

''I had a feeling it was coming. It was just a little colder than I wanted it to be,'' Betts said.

ON SALE

Sale extended his scoreless-innings streak to 23 straight innings and picked up his 200th strikeout when he got Mitch Garver swinging to end the first. Sale reached 200 strikeouts in 136 innings, breaking his own AL record of 141 1-3 innings he set last year.

TOP PLAY

Steve Pearce started for Boston at first base and made a key defensive play to end a threat by the Twins in the seventh, starting a double play with a throw to second and completing it by making a catch while lying face-down across first base after tripping.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: 1B Joe Mauer, who has a career batting average of .195 against Sale, had the night off until pinch-hitting in the eighth, flying out to left on the first pitch from Kimbrel. . The Twins were also without IF Eduardo Escobar, who was traded to Arizona earlier Tuesday for three prospects. Escobar was second on the club in hits (101) and led Minnesota with 63 RBIs.

Red Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland was out of the starting lineup for the second straight night with soreness in his left knee. Moreland said he's trying to give the knee a few days of rest and hopes to be back later in the weekend.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Jake Odorizzi (4-6, 4.37 ERA) is 4-5 in 17 career starts against Boston with an ERA of 4.45.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (12-4, 3.93) didn't allow a run in his last start, scattering six hits over six innings in Boston's 5-3 win at Baltimore on Monday.

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  • W: T. Thornburg (1-0)L: M. Belisle (1-1)
  • HR: BOS - J. Bradley (8), M. Betts (25), R. Devers (15)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Polanco SS41200120.282.364.372.7353.0
E. Rosario LF-3B50220002.309.352.518.8705.0
B. Dozier 2B50000023.226.307.409.715-1.0
M. Garver C50000021.264.346.409.755-1.0
L. Morrison 1B-LF40100120.193.291.368.6581.0
E. Adrianza 3B20000121.250.313.387.7000.0
a- J. Mauer PH-1B20000001.282.364.375.7390.0
M. Kepler RF31100011.228.318.416.7333.5
R. Grossman DH21000202.255.334.369.7033.0
J. Cave CF40010014.275.313.495.8070.5
  • a-flied out for Adrianza in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF41111101.345.432.6641.0969.0
A. Benintendi LF40000011.297.381.511.892-0.5
J. Martinez DH40100021.322.385.6361.0200.0
X. Bogaerts SS40000021.279.344.522.866-1.0
S. Pearce 1B30100010.320.391.533.9241.5
R. Devers 3B41111002.242.292.421.7136.0
E. Nunez 2B41200010.252.279.356.6353.5
S. Leon C40000003.224.276.342.6170.0
J. Bradley CF41221020.211.297.356.6537.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Rosario (25), M. Kepler (21)
    • RBI - E. Rosario 2 (64), J. Cave (14)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario 2 (27)
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Nunez (16)
    • HR - M. Betts (25), R. Devers (15), J. Bradley (8)
    • RBI - M. Betts (54), R. Devers (51), J. Bradley 2 (38)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Betts (19)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Pearce-Bogaerts)
    • E - E. Nunez (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Lynn6.06221315.101.6313.5
    T. Rogers1.00000203.921.164.0
    T. Hildenberger1.00000203.751.174.0
    F. Rodney (BS, 6)1.01110213.491.342.0
    M. Belisle (L, 1-1)0.01110016.511.52-7.0
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Lynn6.0
    T. Rogers1.0
    T. Hildenberger1.0
    F. Rodney (BS, 6)1.0
    M. Belisle (L, 1-1)0.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale6.030021002.040.8721.0
    R. Brasier (H, 2)1.02110001.000.780.0
    M. Barnes (H, 21)0.20000102.401.090.5
    C. Kimbrel (BS, 3)1.11223002.250.98-3.0
    T. Thornburg (W, 1-0)1.00000106.751.2010.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale6.0
    R. Brasier (H, 2)1.0
    M. Barnes (H, 21)0.2
    C. Kimbrel (BS, 3)1.1
    T. Thornburg (W, 1-0)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - L. Lynn 2 (3)
    • HBP - L. Lynn (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 103-65, T. Rogers 14-10, T. Hildenberger 13-9, F. Rodney 22-13, M. Belisle 2-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 8-7, T. Hildenberger 1-0, F. Rodney 1-0
    • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 26, T. Rogers 3, T. Hildenberger 3, F. Rodney 4, M. Belisle
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Sale (4), C. Kimbrel (4)
    • HBP - C. Sale (11)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 100-69, R. Brasier 16-11, M. Barnes 10-7, C. Kimbrel 33-17, T. Thornburg 10-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-3, R. Brasier 3-0, M. Barnes 1-0, C. Kimbrel 1-3, T. Thornburg 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 24, R. Brasier 5, M. Barnes 2, C. Kimbrel 8, T. Thornburg 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Polanco SS41200120.282.364.372.7353.0
    E. Rosario LF-3B50220002.309.352.518.8705.0
    B. Dozier 2B50000023.226.307.409.715-1.0
    M. Garver C50000021.264.346.409.755-1.0
    L. Morrison 1B-LF40100120.193.291.368.6581.0
    E. Adrianza 3B20000121.250.313.387.7000.0
    a- J. Mauer PH-1B20000001.282.364.375.7390.0
    M. Kepler RF31100011.228.318.416.7333.5
    R. Grossman DH21000202.255.334.369.7033.0
    J. Cave CF40010014.275.313.495.8070.5
    Total36363051215-----
    HITTERSAB
    J. Polanco SS4
    E. Rosario LF-3B5
    B. Dozier 2B5
    M. Garver C5
    L. Morrison 1B-LF4
    E. Adrianza 3B2
    a- J. Mauer PH-1B2
    M. Kepler RF3
    R. Grossman DH2
    J. Cave CF4
    Total36
    • a-flied out for Adrianza in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF41111101.345.432.6641.0969.0
    A. Benintendi LF40000011.297.381.511.892-0.5
    J. Martinez DH40100021.322.385.6361.0200.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40000021.279.344.522.866-1.0
    S. Pearce 1B30100010.320.391.533.9241.5
    R. Devers 3B41111002.242.292.421.7136.0
    E. Nunez 2B41200010.252.279.356.6353.5
    S. Leon C40000003.224.276.342.6170.0
    J. Bradley CF41221020.211.297.356.6537.0
    Total354843199-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Rosario (25), M. Kepler (21)
      • RBI - E. Rosario 2 (64), J. Cave (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario 2 (27)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Nunez (16)
      • HR - M. Betts (25), R. Devers (15), J. Bradley (8)
      • RBI - M. Betts (54), R. Devers (51), J. Bradley 2 (38)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (19)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Pearce-Bogaerts)
      • E - E. Nunez (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Lynn6.06221315.101.6313.5
      T. Rogers1.00000203.921.164.0
      T. Hildenberger1.00000203.751.174.0
      F. Rodney (BS, 6)1.01110213.491.342.0
      M. Belisle (L, 1-1)0.01110016.511.52-7.0
      Total9.0844193---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Lynn6.0
      T. Rogers1.0
      T. Hildenberger1.0
      F. Rodney (BS, 6)1.0
      M. Belisle (L, 1-1)0.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale6.030021002.040.8721.0
      R. Brasier (H, 2)1.02110001.000.780.0
      M. Barnes (H, 21)0.20000102.401.090.5
      C. Kimbrel (BS, 3)1.11223002.250.98-3.0
      T. Thornburg (W, 1-0)1.00000106.751.2010.5
      Total10.06335120---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale6.0
      R. Brasier (H, 2)1.0
      M. Barnes (H, 21)0.2
      C. Kimbrel (BS, 3)1.1
      T. Thornburg (W, 1-0)1.0
      Total10.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Lynn 2 (3)
      • HBP - L. Lynn (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 103-65, T. Rogers 14-10, T. Hildenberger 13-9, F. Rodney 22-13, M. Belisle 2-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 8-7, T. Hildenberger 1-0, F. Rodney 1-0
      • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 26, T. Rogers 3, T. Hildenberger 3, F. Rodney 4, M. Belisle
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Sale (4), C. Kimbrel (4)
      • HBP - C. Sale (11)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 100-69, R. Brasier 16-11, M. Barnes 10-7, C. Kimbrel 33-17, T. Thornburg 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-3, R. Brasier 3-0, M. Barnes 1-0, C. Kimbrel 1-3, T. Thornburg 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 24, R. Brasier 5, M. Barnes 2, C. Kimbrel 8, T. Thornburg 3
      • 10TH INNING
        Betts homered to left34
      • 9TH INNING
        Devers homered to right center33
        Rosario doubled to deep left, Grossman and Polanco scored32
      • 7TH INNING
        Cave safe at first on 2nd baseman Nunez fielding error, Kepler scored, Cave to second12
      • 5TH INNING
        Bradley homered to left center, Nunez scored02
      • 10TH INNING
        • Tyler Thornburg relieved Craig Kimbrel
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Garver grounded out to third
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mauer flied out to center
        • Middle of the 10th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Belisle relieved Fernando Rodney
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts homered to left
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Kimbrel Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler lined out to left
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
        • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cave lined out to left
        • J. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Grossman to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario doubled to deep left, Grossman and Polanco scored
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dozier grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Fernando Rodney relieved Trevor Hildenberger
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Devers homered to right center
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon grounded out to third
        • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Matt Barnes relieved Ryan Brasier
        • B. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Matt Barnes
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
        • Joe Mauer hit for Ehire Adrianza
        • J. Mauer: Mauer flied out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Taylor Rogers
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to third
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Ryan Brasier relieved Chris Sale
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Kepler doubled to left
        • R. Grossman: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Grossman grounded out to pitcher, Kepler to third
        • J. Cave: Ball, Cave safe at first on 2nd baseman Nunez fielding error, Kepler scored, Cave to second
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco reached on an infield single to second, Cave to third
        • E. Rosario: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Rosario grounded into double play shortstop to first, Polanco out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Lance Lynn
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Betts lined out to center
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Garver grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • E. Adrianza: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to third
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pearce singled to center
        • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Devers popped out to shortstop
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez singled to left, Pearce to second
        • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Leon lined out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Rosario popped out to first
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Nunez doubled to deep left
        • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Leon lined out to right, Nunez to third
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bradley homered to left center, Nunez scored
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
        • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second, Betts to second
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Betts to third on wild pitch, Ball, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garver lined out to left
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Foul, Morrison grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Adrianza: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adrianza walked
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler hit by pitch, Adrianza to second
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked, Adrianza to third, Kepler to second
        • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Martinez flied out to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Pearce hit by pitch
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pearce to second on wild pitch, Devers grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Cave: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cave grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Polanco singled to left
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Polanco out at second
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Rosario to second on wild pitch, Dozier popped out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Ball, Leon grounded out to first
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley singled to left
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Betts reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bradley out at second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Betts stole second, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Benintendi flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Morrison singled to shallow left
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Adrianza struck out looking
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • R. Grossman: Grossman grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pearce grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Devers grounded out to second
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez lined out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Rosario singled to left
        • B. Dozier: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • M. Garver: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Garver struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Betts flied out to right
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez singled to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)