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Urshela’s 3-run double sends Twins over Red Sox 4-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Gio Urshelas three-run double in the fifth inning pushed Minnesota ahead and four relievers made the lead because the Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Monday night because of their fourth straight win.

Urshela punched a 3-2 pitch from John Schreiber in to the right-field corner, scoring all three runners who had walked.

Caleb Thielbar (3-2) earned the win in relief of starter Dylan Bundy. Thielbar pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings after Bundy had allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings. There have been runners on the corners with two outs when Thielbar entered and struck out pinch hitter Rob Refsnyder to get rid of the inning.

He will come in, in an extremely big moment, sort of moment that basically swings the overall game in a large way, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. That has been huge and we start just handing the ball in one guy to another. That was a fairly dominating performance by the bullpen. I dont know very well what else to state. It had been pretty fantastic to just sort of relax and just watch them pitch.

Thielbar, Jhoan Duran, Griffin Jax and Jorge Lpez combined to permit just one single baserunner in the ultimate 4 1/3 innings. Lpez finished for his 23rd save, fourth with Minnesota.

The Twins pulled within 1 1/2 games of idle Cleveland in the AL Central.

Theres lots of good and the bad through the season, especially around, Urshela said. Weve experienced first place and second place. Were just attempting to keep focused each day we arrived at the stadium. Now, were playing good.

Brayan Bello (0-4) surrendered three runs in four-plus innings. His day was done after walking Arraez and Correa to start out the fifth.

I was pretty upset because I was controlling the overall game, Bello said. I was in the overall game and I was getting outs and stuff and the ones two walks got me out of my game. I felt I was successful and I was going together with the game real well, it just got me.

The Red Sox lost for the sixth amount of time in eight games. They started your day seven games back of the ultimate wild-card spot in the AL.

Boston made several mental mistakes, including Alex Verdugo not scoring from third on a flyout and Rafael Devers losing tabs on the outs in the 3rd.

When people watch that, its we and we havent been proficient at it baserunning-wise, defensively, mental lapses and its own a thing that we keep preaching, we keep talking, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. At one point, weve surely got to obtain it right. But from my point, as a manager, the guy that’s running this team, yeah, I have a large amount of pride in this and weren’t performing a good job.

Verdugo and Reese McGuire had RBI doubles against Bundy. In his second game back from the injured list, Trevor Story had three hits and a walk for Boston.


Duran unleashed a 103.4 MPH fastball, the fastest recorded pitch of his career and the fastest for a Twins player in the Statcast era. He added a 100.8 MPH splinker his unique offering that is clearly a mixture of splitter and sinker. Its the initial off-speed pitch to attain triple digits since Statcast started tracking in 2015.

That pumps you up like hardly any things Ive ever seen from the pitcher, Baldelli said.


Boston recalled RHP Kaleb Ort from Triple-A Worcester and selected the contract of RHP Zack Kelly from Triple-A. Kelly made his major league debut with a scoreless inning and two strikeouts. The Red Sox designated LHP Austin Davis and RHP Hirokazu Sawamura for assignment.

Minnesota recalled LHP Jovani Moran from Triple-A St. Paul and optioned LHP Devin Smeltzer to Triple-A.


Red Sox: RHP Tanner Houck (spine inflammation) is scheduled to throw live batting practice for Worcester on Tuesday. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right shoulder inflammation) is scheduled for a bullpen session Tuesday at Fenway Park. 1B Eric Hosmer (low back inflammation) was scheduled to start out swinging a bat Monday, doing soft toss and tee work, and may advance to a rehab game later in the week.

Twins: 2B Jorge Polanco missed his second straight game as he handles a knee injury. Baldelli said Polancos knee hasnt shown much improvement. The injury doesnt bother Polanco running but can be an issue when hitting. RHP Tyler Mahle (right shoulder inflammation) has thrown bullpen sessions and is progressing to a go back to the rotation later this week. President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey said Kenta Maeda (elbow ligament replacement surgery) is unlikely to come back this year in an update on several injured players.


RHP Kutter Crawford (3-5, 5.30 ERA) is scheduled to start out for the Red Sox on Tuesday. Minnesota begins RHP Chris Archer (2-7, 4.34).


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