June 20, 2018

Twins chase Red Sox’s Chris Sale, then pounce on Boston bullpen

Despite 11 strikeouts, the Twins hung around long enough to score two runs on Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, one of the best pitchers in the game, then pounced on the bullpen to take Game 1 of the three-game series, 6-2.

And if it’s not Eddie Rosario helping the Twins win, it’s Eduardo Escobar, who hit two doubles Tuesday night and now leads the majors with 32.

After the Twins pulled ahead 2-1, the Red Sox came right back to tie the game against reliever Zach Duke. But the Twins rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth to make a winner out of Duke, who also was credited with the blown save.

Starter Jose Berrios didn’t figure in the decision, but he still pitched a quality start, striking out six over six-plus innings and limited the Red Sox to one run. Berrios exited with an ERA of 3.38.

Lance Lynn gets the ball Wednesday.

Extra innings…

-Robbie Grossman struck out three times against Sale, but once Sale was out of the picture, Grossman tripled and drove in two runs in the eighth inning.

-With tough lefty Sale on the mound for Boston, left-handed hitters Max Kepler and Logan Morrison were not in the lineup for the Twins.

-The Twins improved to 32-37 after Tuesday’s win. They are 1.5 games back of the Detroit Tigers and 5.5 games back of the Cleveland Indians.


Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.