Rick Porcello returned to his 2016 Cy Young Award form Thursday afternoon, limiting the Twins to just one hit over seven innings as the Red Sox ended the 10-game road trip with a 9-2 win over Minnesota at Target Field.
Photo courtesy of the Boston Red Sox
Porcello (pictured) was touched for a first-inning single and then allowed only two more base runners (walk and hit batsman) through his afternoon of work. He retired the last 16 hitters he faced and improved to 9-3 on the season while lowering his ERA to 3.44.
After struggling to put runs up over the last few games on the road trip, Boston ripped 15 hits including home runs by Mookie Betts (19) and Andrew Benintendi (13).
The Red Sox scratched out single runs in the fourth and fifth innings on a Sandy Leon single and Mookie's solo blast. They added three more in the seventh and put the game out of reach with three in the eighth.
Boston finished the road trip 6-4 and will come back to Fenway Friday to start a three-game series against the Mariners who are coming off a sweep at the hands of the Yankees.
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