Bogaerts grand slam backs Wacha, Red Sox beat Twins 6-5

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Boston Red Sox’s Xander Bogaerts, right, celebrates with JD Martinez after hitting a grand slam in the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, JD Martinez also homered to back up Michael Wacha’s strong start for Boston and the Red Sox held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 6- 5 Wednesday evening.

Bogaerts and Martinez went deep in a five-run third inning against Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Bogaerts added an RBI brace in the sixth as Boston snapped a three-game losing streak.

Wacha (10-1) won his seventh straight decision, going two runs on four hits in six innings and striking out seven. Garrett Whitlock gave up three runs in two relief innings. Matt Barnes allowed the first two batters of the ninth to reach, but ended his fourth save.

Ryan (10-7) allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings. He had allowed just four runs in his previous three starts, going 17 2/3 innings.

The Twins lost for the first time in six games but did not lose ground in the AL Central. Cleveland, which lost 4-0 to Baltimore, leads the division by 1½ games.

Bogaerts and Wacha tried to keep Boston in playoff contention, but the Red Sox had lost seven of nine heading into Wednesday. They are eight games behind Toronto for the last wildcard spot.

Bogaerts has had multiple hits in six of his last seven games and is 11 for 24 in that streak, improving his batting average to .308.

His sixth career Grand Slam was a left liner who just sneaked over the plants lining the outfield fence. It was the second straight game with a grand slam in the series; Nick Gordon hit one for the Twins on Tuesday night.

Two batters later, Martinez hit his 11th homer of the season.

Wacha has been Boston’s most consistent starter. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of his last seven outings.

The Twins had scored 14 runs through the first two games of the series, but Wacha held them without a hit until Sandy León hit a two-out single in the third. Luis Arraez followed with a two-run homer, his eighth of the year.

Gordon scored a two-run brace in the eighth, but was sent off trying to reach third to end the inning.


Minnesota claimed LHP Austin Davis on waivers from Boston before the game. Davis was 2-1 with a 5.47 ERA in 50 games with the Red Sox this season and was slated for assignment Monday. Davis will likely join the Twins’ active roster on Thursday.


Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right shoulder inflammation) is expected to kick off a bullpen session on Friday.

Twins: 2B Jorge Polanco missed his fourth straight game. Polanco is struggling with an unspecified knee injury. Manager Rocco Baldelli said Polanco could have been available to pinch if needed.


Red Sox: Returning home for a four-game series against Texas, Boston will have LHP Rich Hill (6-5, 4.32 ERA) on the mound. Rangers will start RHP Glenn Otto (6-8, 4.79). Hill is coming off seven scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts in his last start against Tampa Bay.

Twins: Minnesota starts a road swing Friday with the first of three against the White Sox. RHP Sonny Gray (7-4, 3.04) will start Friday’s game and Chicago counters with RHP Davis Martin (2-4, 4.62). Gray has given up two runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts.


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