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Rafaela and Devers homer as Red Sox beat Twins 9-2 to end Minnesota’s 12-game winning streak – Winnipeg Free Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ceddanne Rafaela hit the first Red Sox home run in seven games, Rafael Devers added another and Boston ended Minnesota’s 12-game winning streak by beating the Twins 9-2 on Sunday.

Vaughn Grissom and Dominic Smith had two-run doubles, and Boston ended a three-game slide in which it scored just four runs.

Ryan Jeffers homered and Trevor Larnach had an RBI single for Minnesota.

Boston Red Sox' Rob Refsnyder, right, beats a tag by Minnesota Twins second baseman Edouard Julien for an RBI double in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, May 5, 2024, in Minneapolis.  (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

Boston Red Sox’ Rob Refsnyder, right, beats a tag by Minnesota Twins second baseman Edouard Julien for an RBI double in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, May 5, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

The Twins 12-game winning streak was the second-longest in team history behind a 15-game winning streak in June 1991, the last season Minnesota won the World Series.

With one out in the fifth, Rafaela hit a full-length bid from Joe Ryan into the front row of the left-center field seats for a two-run home run and a 3-1 lead. Rafaela hit the team’s previous round-tripper last Saturday in the 17-0 win over the Cubs.

Grissom had a two-run double for a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning. Smith, the next batter, added a two-run double, the ball going off the glove of Manuel Margot, who was battling the sun on a cloudless 69-degree afternoon.

Devers hit a two-run shot in the ninth.

Boston starter Cooper Criswell, who pitched five shutout innings in each of his last two starts, allowed one earned run and struck out five in 4 1/3 innings, but needed 80 pitches to do so.

Brennan Bernardino (1-1), the first of five Red Sox relievers, earned the victory.

In his team-high fifth quality start of the season, Ryan (1-2) allowed four hits and three earned runs while striking out five.

With the second-largest home crowd of the season at 29,638 in attendance, Jeffers hit a solo home run in the third inning for a 1-0 lead, a frame after Minnesota had a golden opportunity for some early damage.

Max Kepler, Carlos Correa and Larnach each singled to start Minnesota at second, but Criswell retired Willi Castro and Carlos Santana before Jose Miranda hit an innocuous bouncer back to Criswell.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: LF Rob Refsnyder left the game in the fifth inning with left hamstring tightness.