Ortiz knocks in six in Red Sox win
MINNEAPOLIS - When the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins get together, baseballs often fly, and the teams did not disappoint on Saturday night at Target Center.<br /><br />Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 3 for 4 and hit two home runs to help Boston outslug Minnesota 12-5.
Ortiz, who was 2 for 18 against the Twins last week, is 6 for 8 in the first two games of the series in Minnesota and is no longer having trouble with Twins pitching.<br /><br />Both starters threw plenty of pitches, but neither figured in the decision.
Boston's Ryan Dempster put in a long night's work, throwing 127 pitches in 4 2/3 innings and giving up five runs, eight hits and six walks with two strikeouts.<br /><br />Twins starter Scott Diamond, who gave up three home runs in his previous outing, put the Twins in an early hole, giving up the first Ortiz round-tripper. Diamond's night ended after 93 pitches in 4 1/3 innings, giving up six runs, eight hits and one walk with no strikeouts.
The Twins' usually reliable bullpen did not help Diamond. Minnesota relievers gave up five runs, including two-run homers to Ortiz and Daniel Nava.<br /><br />The Red Sox had 13 hits to the Twins' 12, but Minnesota's biggest problem was Ortiz, whose six RBI were the difference.
Craig Breslow, who came on in the sixth and shut down a Twins bases-loaded threat, pitched 1 2/3 innings to pick up his first win.<br /><br />Ortiz continued his hot-hitting series against the Twins with a three-run homer in the first. Jacob Ellsbury (single) and Dustin Pedroia (walk) scored ahead of Ortiz, who now has six homers on the season.
Dempster had some control troubles in the second inning, walking the first two batters he faced. He forced a couple groundouts, but Pedro Florimon hit a two-out single up the middle to score Oswaldo Arcia and put the Twins on the board.
Ortiz got to Diamond again in the third with an RBI single after Diamond walked Jonny Gomes and Pedroia reached on an infield hit.<br /><br />The Twins returned fire in the fourth with a two-out double by Joe Mauer and an RBI single by Justin Morneau. The Sox had put a severe shift on Morneau his first two times up, but not this time, and he laced a liner to right.
The Sox responded with two doubles to open the fifth - Gomes scoring on Pedroia's second hit of the game. Pedroia scored on Nava's sacrifice fly and Ryan Lavarnway's single to left scored Napoli's to break the game open at 7-2.
Ryan Doumit opened the fifth with a double off the wall and scored after two groundouts. Aaron Hicks walked, stole second and scored on Florimon's single. Florimon then scored on Jamey Carroll's single to right and the Twins scratched their way back in the game at 7-5.
NOTES: Coming into the game, Boston batters ranked second in baseball with an OPB of .340. ... The Red Sox are 7-3 (.700) in Minnesota since the opening of Target Field in 2010. ... Mauer returned to the lineup as DH after missing one game with back soreness. Mauer hit .381 In his previous 10 games as DH.