Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 7-4 loss to the Twins:
“Yeah we had ample opportunities in the middle innings and even the late innings . . . Not the cleanest game by us by any means. ” - John Farrell said on Boston’s inability to take the lead in Sunday’s game.
“I thought Rick was very strong today. He was efficient with his pitch count.” - Farrell on Rick Porcello’s seven-inning start.
“I called for the bunt. Left on left. Granted, it’s not something we typically call for him. But the way he’s been swinging the bat of late, we’re looking to move the runner.” - Farrell said on electing to bunt
“I was trying to put hit a heater up and away, I just yanked it a little.” - Matt Barnes said about the pitch Max Kepler hit on the walk-off homerun.
“Those things are bound to happen, it’s baseball . . . He’s a phenomenal player.” - Rick Porcello said on Xander Bogearts' two errors.
* Rick Porcello’s start marks his eighth quality start of the season. The righty hasn’t recorded a decision in his last four starts following Sunday’s no-decision
* David Ortiz hasn’t hit a home run in his last seven games, his longest dry-spell of 2016 since April 13-28, which spanned 14 games.
* Xander Bogaerts came up short in his attempt at his third straight four-hit game, but finished the series 10-for-15 (.667).
* Chris Young launched his third home run in his last six games. The left fielder is hitting .400 (12-for-30) in June with five home runs and nine RBI.
1) Pat Dean
Dean held Boston to three hits and one run, after the Red Sox had mounted 23 runs in the previous two games.
2) Max Kepler
Kepler launched his first career homerun in the 10th to walk-off against Boston.
3) Rick Porcello
Porcello held Minnesota to one earned run, battling past two errors by Boston’s defense.