The Minnesota Twins defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night in the third game of the four-game series. The Twins were led by starting pitcher Adalberto Mejia, who pitched 5.2 scoreless innings while striking out three batters and allowing five hits.
“I worked hard every single day I’ve been here,” Mejia told the Associated Press. “I kept working I felt more calm and more relaxed every time I go out there. I think that’s the reason why I look better. I usually go out there and make sure that the other team doesn’t score as many runs. I’ve been able to do that and I’ve been able to hold it to zeros.”
The Twins were led offensively by Max Kepler and Miguel Sano. Sano recorded a two-out double in the second inning to score Joe Mauer from second base. Kepler also added a two-out single to drive in Sano to increase the Twins’ lead to 2-0. In the sixth inning, Kepler capped the scoring for the Twins with a two-run home run.
“Six innings, four runs, it’s not like they’re beating the cover off the ball,” Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello told the Associated Press. “It’s just a couple of things here and there that I’ve got to clean up. I mean, I’m not making excuses for myself. I definitely hold myself accountable for the loss tonight. But in the grand scheme of things, I’ve got to keep building off of what I’m doing and what we’re doing.”
As has been his style for much of the season, Mejia worked into and out of jams all night.
“He did a nice job,” Twins manager Paul Molitor told the Associated Press. “He had to kind of battle. It’s becoming his M. O. to burn through a bunch of pitches, but similar to his last start, he kept walking off the field with zeros.”
The Twins bullpen also held up its end of the bargain, allowing just one run on the heels of Mejia’s strong start. With runners on second and third, reliever Taylor Rogers was able to get a timely strikeout to get Mitch Moreland on a 1-2 curveball to end the seventh innings.
“Just one click, you know? That’s how this game is. Just one click and you go from there,” Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez told the Associated Press.
The Twins can still salvage a sweep with the Red Sox with a win on Thursday night. They’ll see left-hander David Price in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN.