Eddie Rosario sends a message to the Red Sox during the Twins’ five-run seventh inning. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)
At multiple points in Saturday night’s game, it seemed like nothing could top how topsy-turvy the windy weather was. What transpired on the field during Red Sox’ 4-hour, 11-minute, 11-9 loss to the Twins proved otherwise.
And it was all highlighted by one of the most frustrating innings of the Red Sox’ season.
Carrying an uncomfortable, 8-5 lead the seventh, the Red Sox squandered their advantage in a big way, starting with a misread fly ball by Michael Martinez in deep right field that resulted in an RBI triple for Max Kepler. Brock Holt followed up with a misread fly ball of his own in left field, sliding to early to try to make the catch with the ball instead deflecting off his knee for an RBI double.
Things started looking up as Jackie Bradley Jr. appeared to throw out Kennys Vargas at the plate to end the inning, however a review of the play showed otherwise, tying the game.
Eduardo Nunez then provided a pivotal two-run single to put the Twins up by what would be the final margin.
The Red Sox utilized Clay Buchholz, Tommy Layne and Heath Hembree in the seventh inning alone.
The Red Sox had a chance to redeem themselves in the bottom of the frame after adding a run and loading the bases, but fell short as Bradley Jr. flew out to deep right field.
Pitching was a problem all night for the Red Sox, with starter David Price putting together an underwhelming outing himself. The lefty allowed five runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings, raising his ERA from 4.36 to 4.51. He also walked two batters while striking out four.
The biggest exhibition of offense for the Red Sox came in the bottom of the second. After going down 4-1 to enter the frame, they put a five-spot on Twins starter Ricky Nolasco.
Three of the five runs, however, came from one swing of the bat from Hanley Ramirez. Not far removed from a three home run affair Wednesday as he still tries to regain form at the dish, Ramirez put a 398-foot shot into the Monster seats to put the Red Sox up by two runs.
The Red Sox will look to split the series in a Sunday matinee at 1:35.
Saturday ended a streak of four consecutive starts at Fenway in which David Price went eight or more innings.
Here’s what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss …
WHAT WENT RIGHT
— After falling into a 4-1 hole surrendering three runs in the top of the second, the Red Sox put together a resilient second inning to put themselves up by two.
— Brock Holt was a sufficient replacement for Mookie Betts in the leadoff spot, going 2-for6. He also exhibited tremendous baseball IQ on the bases, taking home on a wild pitch ball four to David Ortiz.
— The middle of the Red Sox lineup was solid, with David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez and Bradley Jr. going a combined 7-for-10 with seven RBI.
WHAT WENT WRONG
–Saturday served as the seventh time in 21 starts this season David Price allowed four or more earned runs.
–While the Red Sox bullpen was far from solid, the Red Sox defense ultimately caused the seventh inning collapse.
— Heath Hembree let the game get further out of reach in the eighth inning, allowing three hits in 1/3 inning, one of which being a home run to Miguel Sano.
— The Red Sox were frequently unable to cash in on runs, stranding 12 runners all game, seven of which being in scoring position.