BOSTON (AP) – Eddie Rosario knew he was the only chance Minnesota had at avoiding extra innings when he saw J.D. Martinez’s drive heading for the big left field wall at Fenway Park.
Rosario was positioned perfectly for the bounce off the Green Monster and delivered a strike to home plate for the final out, preserving the Twins’ 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.
“I like the spotlight – moments like that,” Rosario said in a jubilant Minnesota clubhouse, where the Twins were celebrating the completion of an 8-2 road trip that moved them closer to an AL Central title.
Rafael Devers tested Rosiaro’s arm and lost when he attempted to score from first base on Martinez’s double with two outs in the ninth.
Pinch-hitter Willians Astudillo drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh with just the second hit of the night for the Twins, who compensated by capitalizing on nine walks.
The Red Sox lost for the third time in five games, further diminishing their chances of making the postseason after winning the World Series last year.