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Twins swept in doubleheader by Boston, now losers of 5 straight games

The Boston Red Sox whipped the Twins 7-1 in the second game, and squeaked by 3-2 in the first.
Credit: AP
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios (17) leaves the game against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

MINNEAPOLIS — Alex Verdugo had three hits, including a two-run single in a six-run fifth inning, and the Boston Red Sox extended their winning streak to nine games, beating the Minnesota Twins 7-1 to sweep a doubleheader Wednesday. 

Eduardo Rodriguez pitched five innings and gave up one run on five hits for Boston in the second contest. The Red Sox have come from behind in six of their nine wins this season after opening the year with three straight losses. 

José Berríos surrendered four runs in 4 1/3 innings for Minnesota to take the loss. 

Both games were shortened to 7 innings, as per MLB rules for doubleheaders this year. The Twins have now lost five straight.

In the first game Nathan Eovaldi pitched five effective innings and the Boston Red Sox extended their winning streak to eight games, beating the Minnesota Twins 3-2 to open the doubleheader. 

Christian Arroyo, Alex Verdugo and Xander Bogaerts each had two hits for Boston, which is on its longest winning streak since 2018. 

Eovaldi gave up two runs on five hits. He has allowed four runs over 17 1/3 innings in three starts this season. 

Matt Barnes finished with his second save after allowing a leadoff walk. 

Twins starter Kenta Maeda was undone by Minnesota’s defense in the second inning, including his own throwing error.