Betts (2 HRs, 4 hits) leads Red Sox to 6-2 win over Twins

BOSTON (AP) Mookie Betts knows the Boston Red Sox are running out of time to be patient.

The reigning AL MVP homered on the first two pitches he saw from Jose Berrios on Wednesday night, collecting four hits and five RBIs in all to help Boston beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2.

''I just know he's a good pitcher and if you start falling behind, he's going to put you away quick,'' Betts said after the Red Sox won for the 12th time in 17 games to remain 5 1/2 back in the race for the second AL wild card. ''That's kind of the general thought: You've got to be aggressive.''

The game was delayed 47 minutes at the start by a rainstorm, then two Twins outfielders took the wrong positions for the first inning.

It got even stranger at the end.

Willians Astudillo was hit on the forearm while swinging in the ninth, and he was initially called out before returning to complete his at-bat. Then plate umpire Ramon DeJesus was hit on the left hand by a pitch, sending his pitch counter flying; while the Boston trainer was tending to him, second base ump CB Bucknor ran off to the umpire's room to get a chest protector and was still missing when the game resumed after DeJesus decided to stay in the game.

Bucknor returned for the next batter.

Meanwhile, Minnesota put two on with one out before Brandon Workman got Nelson Cruz on a game-ending 1-4-3 double play. The AL Central-leading Twins, who had won seven of eight, fell to 5 1/2 games ahead of second-place Cleveland in the division.

''It was obviously not a crisp inning,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''There was some weird stuff going on.''

MOOKIE'S NIGHT

Betts homered into the first row of the Green Monster seats on the first pitch from Berrios (11-8), then sent one over the seats and out of the ballpark with two on in the second to make it 4-0. Betts added a single down the third base line in the fourth and hit an RBI single in the sixth.

He came up again in the eighth and made his only out, on a line drive back at the mound that pitcher Brusdar Graterol caught before it hit him in the gut.

Berrios pitched five-plus innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out six. It was the second-most runs he's permitted this season, but Baldelli said his outing wasn't that bad.

''I think it came down to Mookie's really good at what he does,'' the manager said.

E-ROD

Eduardo Rodriguez (17-5) allowed only five singles in seven shutout innings, striking out eight while walking four and hitting a batter. The Red Sox are 12-1 when he starts at Fenway Park.

Ryan Brasier relieved Rodriguez to start the eighth and immediately gave up a single to Cruz and a two-run homer to Eddie Rosario before Workman ended it in four pitches.

PLAYING BY THE SEAT OF THEIR PANTS

Astudillo threw out Mitch Moreland from one knee on a dribbler in front of the plate in the second inning.

Berrios did even better, diving to stop Andrew Benintendi's checked-swing nubber down the third base line in the fifth, and throwing from one knee as he fell away from the play. He wound up flat on his back before third baseman Miguel Sano came over to congratulate him, putting his arm around the pitcher as they walked off the field together.

FOUL PLAY

Max Kepler, who was listed as the center fielder, and Jake Cave, who was supposed to be in right, switched positions for the first inning.

''It was a miscommunication,'' Baldelli said.

The manager said one piece of paper had them listed that way, but the players never got the message that the plan had changed by game time. They returned to the right positions for the bottom of the second.

PLAYING 21

The Red Sox had 21 pitchers on the roster for the game, with 17 of them in the bullpen in case they were needed. They used five pitchers in all.

''Obviously, it's not perfect, but our starters are not giving us enough,'' manager Alex Cora said. ''We need matchups. We need arms.''

Major League Baseball allows teams to expand their rosters as of Sept. 1, and Boston's Triple-A team finished its season on Tuesday night. The rules are changing in 2020 to allow for only more limited call-ups, but for now, Cora said, ''The rules are the rules.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Sam Dyson (biceps soreness) has returned to the Twin Cities. He was on the 10-day injured list in August for the same problem. ... INF Marwin Gonzalez (abdomen) is not yet ready to return, Baldelli said. Gonzalez has not played since Aug. 27. ... Kepler (upper chest soreness) left in the seventh. Baldelli said he thought it was a muscle spasm. ... SS Jorge Polanco had a sore knuckle on his right middle finger and left in the eighth inning.

Red Sox: INF Michael Chavis (left shoulder sprain), on the IL since Aug. 12, was scheduled to swing a bat.

UP NEXT

Twins: LHP Martin Perez (9-6) pitches the series finale Thursday night.

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) starts for Boston.

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  • W: E. Rodriguez (17-5)L: J. Berrios (11-8)S: B. Workman (11)
  • HR: MIN - E. Rosario (28), BOS - M. Betts 2 (25)
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J. Polanco SS40000023.302.365.492.856-1.0
L. Arraez SS00000100.343.410.445.8551.0
N. Cruz DH51100013.308.388.6381.0261.5
E. Rosario LF41221000.283.305.505.8118.0
M. Sano 3B30200100.242.341.557.8973.0
J. Cave RF-CF-RF40000024.255.342.453.796-1.0
C. Cron 1B30200101.260.321.489.8103.0
J. Schoop 2B30000123.259.307.484.7910.0
W. Astudillo C40100013.264.291.379.6700.5
  • a-walked for Miller in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF52452001.289.388.516.90517.0
R. Devers 3B40000013.318.367.575.941-0.5
X. Bogaerts SS40100022.310.386.574.9600.0
J. Martinez DH40000011.312.388.581.969-0.5
A. Benintendi LF30000110.281.356.462.8180.5
B. Holt 2B41200012.323.395.449.8442.5
M. Moreland 1B21000211.240.331.489.8202.5
C. Vazquez C41210001.276.313.472.7845.0
J. Bradley CF31000103.220.318.409.7272.0
    BATTING
    • HR - E. Rosario (28)
    • RBI - E. Rosario 2 (94)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, N. Cruz, C. Cron, J. Schoop 3 (3), W. Astudillo 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Vazquez (24)
    • HR - M. Betts 2 (25)
    • RBI - M. Betts 5 (75), C. Vazquez (59)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, R. Devers, X. Bogaerts 2 (2), B. Holt 2 (2), M. Moreland
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Holt-Bogaerts-Moreland; Rodriguez-Holt-Moreland; Workman-Holt-Moreland)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Berrios (L, 11-8)5.08663623.781.25-4.0
    R. Harper0.10000003.621.150.0
    C. Stashak1.21000103.631.212.5
    B. Graterol1.00001000.001.502.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Berrios (L, 11-8)5.0
    R. Harper0.1
    C. Stashak1.2
    B. Graterol1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez (W, 17-5)7.05004803.811.3626.0
    R. Brasier0.12220015.401.32-4.0
    J. Taylor0.21000103.001.24-0.5
    D. Hernandez0.10002102.931.59-1.5
    B. Workman (S, 11)0.20000002.141.037.0
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez (W, 17-5)7.0
    R. Brasier0.1
    J. Taylor0.2
    D. Hernandez0.1
    B. Workman (S, 11)0.2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 101-65, R. Harper 2-2, C. Stashak 22-16, B. Graterol 13-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 6-3, R. Harper 1-0, C. Stashak 1-3
    • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 26, R. Harper, C. Stashak 6, B. Graterol 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - D. Hernandez (3)
    • HBP - E. Rodriguez (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 113-67, R. Brasier 10-7, J. Taylor 14-10, D. Hernandez 21-11, B. Workman 4-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 3-8, J. Taylor 1-0, B. Workman 1-0
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 29, R. Brasier 3, J. Taylor 3, D. Hernandez 3, B. Workman
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Kepler CF-RF20000121.254.339.531.8691.0
    I. Miller CF0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- M. Garver PH00000100.273.356.618.9741.0
    J. Polanco SS40000023.302.365.492.856-1.0
    L. Arraez SS00000100.343.410.445.8551.0
    N. Cruz DH51100013.308.388.6381.0261.5
    E. Rosario LF41221000.283.305.505.8118.0
    M. Sano 3B30200100.242.341.557.8973.0
    J. Cave RF-CF-RF40000024.255.342.453.796-1.0
    C. Cron 1B30200101.260.321.489.8103.0
    J. Schoop 2B30000123.259.307.484.7910.0
    W. Astudillo C40100013.264.291.379.6700.5
    Total32282161018-----
    HITTERSAB
    M. Kepler CF-RF2
    I. Miller CF0
    a- M. Garver PH0
    J. Polanco SS4
    L. Arraez SS0
    N. Cruz DH5
    E. Rosario LF4
    M. Sano 3B3
    J. Cave RF-CF-RF4
    C. Cron 1B3
    J. Schoop 2B3
    W. Astudillo C4
    Total32
    • a-walked for Miller in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF52452001.289.388.516.90517.0
    R. Devers 3B40000013.318.367.575.941-0.5
    X. Bogaerts SS40100022.310.386.574.9600.0
    J. Martinez DH40000011.312.388.581.969-0.5
    A. Benintendi LF30000110.281.356.462.8180.5
    B. Holt 2B41200012.323.395.449.8442.5
    M. Moreland 1B21000211.240.331.489.8202.5
    C. Vazquez C41210001.276.313.472.7845.0
    J. Bradley CF31000103.220.318.409.7272.0
    Total3369624714-----
      BATTING
      • HR - E. Rosario (28)
      • RBI - E. Rosario 2 (94)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, N. Cruz, C. Cron, J. Schoop 3 (3), W. Astudillo 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Vazquez (24)
      • HR - M. Betts 2 (25)
      • RBI - M. Betts 5 (75), C. Vazquez (59)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, R. Devers, X. Bogaerts 2 (2), B. Holt 2 (2), M. Moreland
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Holt-Bogaerts-Moreland; Rodriguez-Holt-Moreland; Workman-Holt-Moreland)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (L, 11-8)5.08663623.781.25-4.0
      R. Harper0.10000003.621.150.0
      C. Stashak1.21000103.631.212.5
      B. Graterol1.00001000.001.502.0
      Total8.0966472---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (L, 11-8)5.0
      R. Harper0.1
      C. Stashak1.2
      B. Graterol1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (W, 17-5)7.05004803.811.3626.0
      R. Brasier0.12220015.401.32-4.0
      J. Taylor0.21000103.001.24-0.5
      D. Hernandez0.10002102.931.59-1.5
      B. Workman (S, 11)0.20000002.141.037.0
      Total9.08226101---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (W, 17-5)7.0
      R. Brasier0.1
      J. Taylor0.2
      D. Hernandez0.1
      B. Workman (S, 11)0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 101-65, R. Harper 2-2, C. Stashak 22-16, B. Graterol 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 6-3, R. Harper 1-0, C. Stashak 1-3
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 26, R. Harper, C. Stashak 6, B. Graterol 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Hernandez (3)
      • HBP - E. Rodriguez (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 113-67, R. Brasier 10-7, J. Taylor 14-10, D. Hernandez 21-11, B. Workman 4-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 3-8, J. Taylor 1-0, B. Workman 1-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 29, R. Brasier 3, J. Taylor 3, D. Hernandez 3, B. Workman
      • 8TH INNING
        Rosario homered to right center, Cruz scored26
      • 6TH INNING
        Betts singled to left, Moreland scored, Vazquez to third06
        Vazquez doubled to deep left, Holt scored, Moreland to third05
      • 2ND INNING
        Betts homered to left center, Vazquez and Bradley scored04
      • 1ST INNING
        Betts homered to left center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Darwinzon Hernandez relieved Josh Taylor
        • W. Astudillo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Astudillo struck out swinging
        • Mitch Garver hit for Ian Miller
        • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Garver walked
        • L. Arraez: Ball, Garver to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arraez walked
        • Brandon Workman relieved Darwinzon Hernandez
        • N. Cruz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Cruz grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Arraez out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Brasier relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
        • N. Cruz: Cruz singled to left
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Rosario homered to right center, Cruz scored
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sano fouled out to right
        • Josh Taylor relieved Ryan Brasier
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cave grounded out to second
        • C. Cron: Cron singled to left
        • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brusdar Graterol relieved Cody Stashak
        • Luis Arraez at shortstop
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moreland walked
        • C. Vazquez: Foul, Vazquez lined out to third
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Bradley flied out to left
        • M. Betts: Ball, Betts lined out to pitcher
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Schoop: Schoop lined out to left
        • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Astudillo flied out to deep center
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kepler walked
        • J. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ian Miller in center field
        • JD. Martinez: Martinez flied out to left
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • B. Holt: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Holt flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Foul, Ball, Rosario flied out to center
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Sano singled to left center
        • J. Cave: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Cron popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Holt singled to center
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Moreland walked, Holt to second
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Vazquez doubled to deep left, Holt scored, Moreland to third
        • Ryne Harper relieved Jose Berrios
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley grounded out to second
        • Cody Stashak relieved Ryne Harper
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts singled to left, Moreland scored, Vazquez to third
        • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers flied out to left, Betts to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Ball, Kepler hit by pitch
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Kepler out at second
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz flied out to shallow right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to second
        • JD. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to third
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rosario reached on an infield single to second
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano singled to center, Rosario to second
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Cave grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Rosario to third, Sano out at second
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cron walked
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Schoop walked, Cron to second
        • W. Astudillo: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Astudillo flied out to right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Vazquez popped out to second
        • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bradley grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Betts: Ball, Betts singled to left
        • R. Devers: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Devers lined out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • W. Astudillo: Ball, Ball, Astudillo singled to right
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Kepler struck out on foul tip
        • J. Polanco: Polanco flied out to right
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cruz grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • JD. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • B. Holt: Holt reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario popped out to third
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Sano walked
        • J. Cave: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Cave struck out looking
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cron singled to deep left, Sano to third
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland grounded out to catcher
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez singled to deep right
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked, Vazquez to second
        • M. Betts: Betts homered to left center, Vazquez and Bradley scored
        • R. Devers: Foul, Devers flied out to deep center
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Betts homered to left center
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts singled to center
        • JD. Martinez: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked, Bogaerts to second
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)