Thursday, June 21, 2018

Red Sox Pound Out Sixteen Hits, Rick Porcello Shines, Beat Up Twinkies, 9-2

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The Red Sox re-discovered their hitting stroke on Thursday afternoon, and Rick Porcello was brilliant, in a 9-2 drubbing of the Minnesota Twins. The Carmine Hose got home runs from Mookie Betts (#19) and Andrew Benintendi (#13) in a blistering 16-hit attack that came mostly at the end of the game. Boston scored seven of their nine tallies from the seventh inning on to end their road trip with a 6-4 record. Pretty much everyone got in on the fun, with seven different Red Sox players having multiple-hit games. Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts led the RBI parade with two each. Porcello hurled seven shutout innings—yielding just one hit and striking out five. It was one of Pretty Ricky's prettiest performances of the year. The win, coupled with a matinee victory by The Evil Ones, keeps Boston two games back in the AL East. The Red Sox will be home for 13 of the next 22 games—before the All-Star Break (July 15-19).