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Boston Bats Quiet Again; Red Sox Lose To Twins, 4-1

Boston Bats Quiet Again; Red Sox Lose To Twins, 4-1
Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts slides back into first after overrunning first on a single against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Twins defeated the Red Sox 4-1. (Andy Clayton-King / AP)

Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler homered to back an effective start by Lance Lynn as the Minnesota Twins beat the visiting Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Grossman led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run and Kepler added a two-run shot off Boston starter David Price (8-5). Brian Dozier added a pair of doubles to help Minnesota win for the fourth time in five games.

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Lynn (5-5) again struggled with command, issuing five walks, but he surrendered just one unearned run and three hits in five innings.

Four relievers combined for four scoreless innings with Fernando Rodney securing his 16th save in 19 chances.

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Price allowed the three runs on seven hits and a walk. He had given up just one home run in his previous five starts and seven total in 14 starts this season coming into Wednesday.

The Red Sox were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and are 2 for 22 in the first two games of the series. They've stranded 18 baserunners in the two games and lost for the fourth time in five games.

Lynn has had an uncharacteristic wild season in his first year with the Twins. He walked at least five batters for the fifth time in 14 starts. But the veteran right-hander has limited the damage and allowed less than three runs in five of his last six starts.

Boston's lone run scored in the second as Lynn couldn't catch first baseman Logan Morrison 's high throw to first for the final out of the inning, allowing Mitch Moreland to score from second base.

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