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Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers save Red Sox

Rob Bradford
July 27, 2018 - 10:54 pm

It's amazing what a couple home runs can do.

On a night that was shaping up to be disastrous for the Red Sox, both Rafael Devers and Mookie Betts stepped up to change the narrative in a hurry, resulting in a 4-3 win over the hosts. (For a complete recap, click here.)

Devers offered the first wave of heroics with a solo homer just into the Red Sox' bullpen -- coming in at 112 mph on just a 17 percent launch angle. The blast against Minnesota closer Fernando Rodney tied the game at 3-3.

Then, after a flawless inning from reliever Tyler Thornburg, Betts stepped up and rocketed the game-winner homer well over the left field wall for the Red Sox' third walk-off win of the season.

The two home runs made Craig Kimbrel's meltdown in a bit more palatable for the Sox. Kimbrel suffered his third blown save after Eddie Rosario managed a two-out, two-run double, giving the Twins a one-run lead. 

Kimbrel equaled his season-high with 33 pitches, having come on to get the final out of the eighth inning before trying to finish off the ninth. Kimbrel walked three batters for the first time this season.

All of the Red Sox' runs came on home runs, with Jackie Bradley Jr. taking Minnesota starter Lance Lynn deep for a two-run shot in the fifth inning.