MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Alex Verdugo had three hits, including a two-run single in a cluster of six in the fifth inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 7-1 on Wednesday night.
By sweeping a doubleheader, the Red Sox extended their number of consecutive wins to nine.
Venezuelan Eduardo Rodríguez (2-0) worked five innings, allowing one run and five hits for Boston, which has come back in six of its nine wins this seas on, after starting the year with three straight losses.
Boston now boasts its longest winning streak since 2018, when it put together 10 in a season that ended with a World Series coronation.
Mexico’s Verdugo had five hits on the doubleheader and closed the day with his second home run of the season, in the seventh inning. The Red Sox won the first game 3-2.
José Berríos (2-1) allowed four touchdowns in 4 1/3 innings for Minnesota. The Puerto Rican retired nine of the 10 batters he faced.
In the fifth inning, Berríos gave a ticket to the Dominican Franchy Cordero with the bases loaded for the first race. Immediately afterwards he left.
The Twins have lost five games in a row.
In the first game, Nathan Eovaldi pitched five innings with an ERA. Christian Arroyo, Verdugo and Xander Bogaerts each had two hits for Boston.
The Red Sox are the first team since the 1991 Seattle Mariners to lose at least three games at the start of the season and then win at least seven wins, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Eovaldi (2-1) allowed two runs and five hits. Matt Barnes closed out to claim his second save after opening by conceding a walk.
Kenta Maeda (1-1) took the loss, punished by the Minnesota defense in the second inning, including a bad shot of his that brought in a run. He pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs.
In the opening game, for the Red Sox, the Mexican Verdugo 4-2. The Dominicans Rafael Devers 4-1; and Cordero 2-1, one scored. Venezuelan Marwin González 3-1, one scored.
For the Twins, the Dominicans Nelson Cruz 2-1; and Jorge Polanco 3-1, two RBIs. Venezuelans Luis Arráez 4-0 and Williams Astudillo 3-0.
In the second game, for the Red Sox, Puerto Ricans Kiké Hernández 4-1, Christian Vázquez 2-0 with a run scored. The Mexican Verdugo of 4-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs. The Dominicans Devers 4-2 with one scored and two produced, Cordero 2-0 with one scored and one produced. The Venezuelan González 2-0.
For the Twins, the Dominicans Nelson Cruz 3-1, Jorge Polanco 3-2, Miguel Sanó 2-0. Venezuelan Luis Arráez 3-0.