Twins Power Up Early To Beat Red Sox Wednesday
BY MAUREEN MULLEN
BOSTON (AP) — Joey Gallo hit a three-run homer in his return from the injured list, and Trevor Larnach and Edouard Julien also homered to help lift the Minnesota Twins to a 10-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.
“We saw a little bit of everything today offensively,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “So, overall, I couldn’t have been happier with the quality of at-bats because it’s also something we’ve really been spending a lot of time talking about.”
Joe Ryan (4-0) allowed three runs and six hits with three strikeouts and one walk in six innings for the win. He also hit one batter. Brent Headrick earned the save in his major league debut, giving up one run and one hit in three innings.
“It’s pretty nice. I’m glad,” Ryan said of the run support he received. “It was awesome. Great hitters, great defense makes for a good team.”
Gallo, who missed 10 games with a right intercostal strain, had two hits. Larnach had a three-run homer and had four RBIs overall.
Corey Kluber (0-4) gave up seven runs and six hits in five innings in the loss. He walked two and hit two batters as his ERA climbed from 6.92 to 8.50.
“It’s tough,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “Corey will tell you it’s the leadoff walk, the hit by pitch, all that stuff before the big swing.”
Kiké Hernandez hit a two-out homer in the sixth for Boston for the 100th of his career and second this season.
The Twins got off to a quick start in the first inning when Max Kepler led off with a walk and scored on Julien’s homer.
Gallo’s home run capped a four-run third for Minnesota. Larnach’s second homer of the season came in the sixth off Ryan Brasier.
The Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth against Headrick, but got just one run on Jarren Duran’s sacrifice fly.
Boston second baseman Enmanuel Valdez, making his major league debut, went 2 for 3 — including Boston’s first hit off Ryan, a one-out single to left field in the third.
Red Sox: RHP Zack Kelly, on the injured list with right elbow inflammation, will undergo ulnar nerve transposition revision on a date to be determined. Kelly underwent an internal bracing procedure in May 2020. The team said Kelly’s ulnar collateral ligament and internal brace are intact.
Red Sox INF Yu Chang was placed on the paternity list. Valdez was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his place on the roster.
UP NEXT Twins RHP Kenta Maeda (0-2, 4.09 ERA) is scheduled to start the series finale Thursday. He’ll face the Red Sox for the third time in his career, and second time at Fenway Park. RHP Tanner Houck (2-0, 4.5) is scheduled to start for Boston. It’ll be his third career start against Minnesota.