canada africa partner reservation Twins defeated Red Sox 3-1 for the 12th win in a row

Twins defeated Red Sox 3-1 for the 12th win in a row

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Pablo López struck out eight in six strong innings, Max Kepler homered and the Minnesota Twins extended their winning streak to 12 games with a 3-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

The Twins have the longest winning streak in the Majors this season. Minnesota’s run matches the team’s winning streak from late in the 1980 season, the second-longest in Twins history. The club record for consecutive wins in 15, as of June 1991, the last season Minnesota won the World Series.

“It was fun, and I don’t think you see guys trying to do more than we know what to do. That is always the most important thing,” López said.

Kepler and Willi Castro each had two hits, Carlos Correa had two RBIs. Closer Jhoan Duran pitched a scoreless eighth inning against the middle of the Red Sox order, and Cole Sands pitched a scoreless final inning for his second save.

“From the outside, people probably wouldn’t have guessed that Cole was going to close it out there,” reliever Steven Okert said. “It’s great that the coaching staff has confidence in all of us.”

Wilyer Abreu and Dominic Smith each scored two goals for Boston, which has lost three games in a row.

Kepler homered off Cam Booser (0-1) in the fourth inning. Booser was the third of five pitchers used in a bullpen game.

Castro singled from the sixth inning, advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches from Justin Slaten and scored on a sacrifice fly by Correa for a 3-1 lead.

López was briefly attended to by trainers after covering first base in the second inning and colliding with the runner after touching the bag. López allowed five hits and struckout seven of the last twelve batters.

“To really put together some good games, you need guys to just climb the mound and lead the way. And Pablo was excellent today,” said manager Rocco Baldelli.

“No one wants to be the guy that stops the streak in any way. “I think I just took advantage of the momentum, the good that we have, and I kind of let it take over and just let things flow,” López said.

López struck out Rafael Devers on a high fastball with a tying run at third base to end the fifth. Devers, who stared at home plate umpire Lance Barksdale for several seconds after a called second strike two pitches earlier, slammed his helmet shut in disgust.

“That’s part of the game, of course: If you go out and work an at-bat and you get one called in and it’s called an at-bat, you take that out of your game plan. You have to keep fighting in it… bat You have to keep fighting,” Devers said through an interpreter.

Devers retired Okert with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. This time the bat got a point.

Boston has gone six straight games without a home run, its longest streak since six straight games from April 23-28, 2022.

Smith nearly ended that streak heading into the seventh, but his line drive hit high off the wall in right field. The carom was played perfectly by Kepler, who fired a second shot at Correa. Seeing that he was out easily, Smith didn’t bother sliding.

“We put together some good at-bats, some good pressure at times, but not enough,” manager Alex Cora said.