Rough Night For Sox
Boston Suffers Blowout; Ortiz’ Streak Ends
Boston — Pedro Florimon had a solo homer and a two-run double in Minnesota’s season-high, seven-run second inning that carried the Twins to a 15-8 rout over the Boston Red Sox last night.
David Ortiz went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts and three groundouts to snap his 27-game hitting streak, dating back to last season. Ortiz had hit safely in his first 15 games this season, giving him Boston’s longest since Manny Ramirez also hit in 27 straight in 2006.
Ryan Doumit had a two-run homer, Oswald Arcia went 4 for 5 with three singles and a double, and Trevor Flouffe drove in three of the Twins’ season-high runs. Minnesota also had a season-high 19 hits.
Jonny Gomes hit his fourth career grand slam — his first with the Red Sox — and drove in five runs. Shane Victorino added a solo homer for Boston, which lost for the fifth time in six games.
In the first two innings, the teams combined for 17 runs and 10 extra-base hits, chasing both starting pitchers as the Twins held an 11-6 edge after posting their big second.
Ryan Pressly (1-0) pitched four shutout innings of relief for the win.
Boston’s Allen Webster (0-1), making his second career start, gave up eight runs, six hits and walked three while getting only five outs.
Twins starter Pedro Hernandez fared just a little better, allowing six runs and seven hits in two innings of his fifth career start.
Trailing 5-4 in the second, Minnesota sent 11 batters to the plate and had its biggest inning of the season. Florimon tied it with a leadoff homer into the seats above the Green Monster. Justin Morneau’s sacrifice fly pushed the Twins ahead, before Plouffe’s RBI double chased Webster. Aaron Hicks then had a two-run single off Felix Doubront and Florimon followed with his two-run double, making it 11-5.
Victorino’s homer into the left-field seats cut it to 11-6 in the bottom of the second.
Notes: The Red Sox honored Orlando Cepeda (Boston) and Ron Blomberg (Yankees) during a pregame, on-field ceremony for the 40th anniversary of the DH. Current Red Sox DH Ortiz handed them each commemorative framed pictures. ... Red Sox manager John Farrell said 3B Will Middlebrooks had an MRI on his right side after bruising his ribs making a sliding grab of a foul pop before colliding with C David Ross in Tuesday’s loss. “He’s banged up a little bit,” Farrell said before saying the team was awaiting the results. Both Middlebrooks and Ross were not in the lineup. Farrell also said Ross still had “some soreness” in the left quadriceps.