Sandy Leon fired a pair of two-run homers, Chris Sale had 10 strikeouts and the Boston Red Sox swept the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
The Red Sox dispatched five homers, their biggest total in the campaign. They culminated the afternoon with a 10-race bunch in the ninth.
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Sale (3-2) reached at least 10 strikeouts for the sixth straight time. In 2015, Sale tied the record for Pedro Martinez, with at least 10 strikeouts in eight straight starts. The left-handed man gave up the lead when Minnesota tied the game with a four-run attack, but Leon broke the tie in the sixth with a two-run homer to Ervin Santana (5-1).
The Sale-Santana duel was just the third in the majors in the last 35 years with both pitchers having a 1.40 ERA after at least six starts.
For the Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez 2-1, two runs scored and one RBI. The Venezuelan Sandy Leon of 4-2, two annotated and four towed.
For the Twins, the Dominicans Miguel Sanó of 4-0; And Jorge Polanco 4-2, two RBIs. Eddie Rosario of 3-1, one annotated and towed. The Venezuelans Ehire Adrianza 2-0, a towed; And Eduardo Escobar of 3-0, an annotated one. Kennys Vargas 3-1, one run scored and two RBIs.