The Boston Red Sox entered the game against the Minnesota Twins with being 5.5 games back for the second wild card spot in the American League. Mookie Betts hit a solo home run on the first pitch he faced in the first-inning off of Jose Berrios for Boston.
Betts also hit a three-run homer for the Red Sox in the second-inning off of Berrios. The Red Sox won the game 6-2 over Minnesota.
Boston remains 5.5 games back of the Cleveland Indians and the Oakland Athletics for the second wild card spot in the American League.
In the sixth-inning, the Boston Red Sox scored two more runs on a Christian Vazquez double and a Mooke Betts RBI single. He went 4-for-5 in the game.
Eddie Rosario hit a two-run homer in the eighth-inning off of Ryan Brasier for the Twins.
Eduardo Rodriguez (17-5) was the winning pitcher for Boston. He pitched seven scoreless innings and gave up five hits. Rodriguez walked four batters and struck out eight.
Jose Berrios (11-8) was the losing pitcher for Minnesota. He pitched five innings and gave up eight hits and six runs. Berrios walked three batters and struck out six.
Brandon Workman recorded his 11th save of the season for the Red Sox. He pitched 0.2 innings.
The Minnesota Twins currently led the Cleveland Indians by 5.5 games in the American League Central.
The projected starting pitchers for the rubber game of this three-game set on Thursday night at Fenway Park in Boston will be between Martin Perez (9-6, 4.89 ERA) for the Minnesota Twins and Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 6.23 ERA for the Boston Red Sox.