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Polanco HR, 4 RBIs;  The Twins beat the Red Sox 8-3 on Patriots Day

BOSTON (AP) — Jorge Polanco and Kyle Garlick hit early two-run homers against the Green Monster in support of Dylan Bundy, carrying the Minnesota Twins past the Red Sox 8-3 in the annual Patriots’ Day game. Boston Monday.

The game began at 11:11 a.m. EDT, played in conjunction with the 126th Boston Marathon, which ended about a mile from Fenway Park.

“I think I definitely gave us some momentum early on,” Garlick said of his first-run homer. “I just wanted to make sure I got a good night’s sleep because it was an early game today. I don’t mind games of the day. I’m more of a morning person.

Polanco added a two-run single in a four-run eighth inning and Gio Urshela had three singles for the Twins, who won the series finale for a four-game split.

Christian Vázquez hit a solo homer and Xander Bogaerts had three hits with an RBI for the Red Sox.

Bundy (2-0) allowed one run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and no walks. In his debut for the Twins, he pitched five shutout innings after signing a one-year, $4 million deal as a free agent on Dec. 1.

“This game is difficult to play. It’s 11 a.m., it’s early,” Bundy said. “It’s always nice to have the guys swinging early and getting that support early in the stroke.”

Minutes after fans turned in the back of the Monster to try and catch a glimpse of the male race leaders heading into nearby Kenmore Square, Polanco launched into starter Rich Hill’s second row of seats (0-1) that made it 4-0 in the third.

Hill was throwing three days after the death of his 94-year-old father, Lloyd Sr. His father ran 37 Boston Marathons.

“For him to go out there and compete was good enough for us,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “Obviously the two swings, on the right, the circuits. On top of that, changing gears, using the breaking ball, gave us more than enough the way he started.

Hill admitted that those two days were difficult.

“It was a tough weekend,” Hill said. “But the job is to be a professional and show up.”

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli expressed his sympathy ahead of the match.

“We want to send our thoughts to Rich across the way,” Baldelli said. “I’m sure it will be an emotional and very meaningful day for him.”

Hill allowed four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.

“We’re sad for him,” Boston third baseman Rafael Devers said through an interpreter. “He’s a very good competitor and he did a very good job today.”

NEIGHBORHOOD GAME

The Red Sox have been scheduled on Patriots Day every year since 1959, but this was the first time since 2019 that they played on Marathon Day. The 2020 baseball season was delayed and that year’s marathon was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the 2021 marathon was moved to October.

TRIBUTE

The Red Sox wore their traditional white home uniforms, but with red lettering reading “Boston” across the front, a tribute that began nine years ago in Game 1 after two bombs went off near the line. arrived, killing three people and injuring more. than 260 others.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: Baldelli met OF Byron Buxton, who left Game 1 of the series after aggravating his right knee on a hard slide. “He’s very optimistic about how he feels right now,” Baldelli said. “I think we’re going to get to the point in a day or two where we’re going to talk about a specific plan to get him back.” Buxton had an MRI on Saturday which revealed no structural issues.

Red Sox: INF Trevor Story had the day off. … C Kevin Plawecki has been placed on the COVID-19 injured list, and C Connor Wong has been recalled from Triple-A Worcester.

NEXT

Twins: Start a three-game series at Kansas City on Tuesday. RHP Chris Archer (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is set to make his second start after pitching four scoreless innings last week. RHP Carlos Hernández (0-0, 8.31) is in contention for the Royals.

Red Sox: Open a three-game series against the Blue Jays in their first night game of the season at Fenway Park on Tuesday. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 4.50) is set to face Toronto LHP Yusei Kikuchi (0-1, 5.40).

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