Bats come to life in 13-8 victory over Boston

Bats come to life in 13-8 victory over Boston

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins rode a balanced attack led by Danny Santana, Eduardo Escobar, Benji Gonzalez and Ben Paulsen en route to a 13-8 victory over the Red Sox in a Sunday slugfest at JetBlue Park.

Hanley Ramirez hit a towering home run and Mitch Moreland went 3-for-3 to lead the Red Sox.

Ramirez's moonshot

Marco Hernandez, who is trying to win a spot on the Red Sox's bench, continued his strong Spring Training with two hits, both of which were triples. Hernandez also stole home as part of a double steal.

The Red Sox had some cause for concern when lefty Drew Pomeranz departed after two shaky innings with tightness in his left triceps. Pomeranz doesn't think the injury is serious and hopes to make his next start.

"I don't think it's anything too serious," Pomeranz said. "I could've gone back out there and thrown another one. I feel like it's something I'll come in tomorrow and be fine."

Justin Haley, a right-hander the Twins selected from the Red Sox in the Rule 5 Draft, gave up five hits and four runs over two innings. Haley is hoping to win a spot in the bullpen. Chris Gimenez, vying to be Minnesota's backup catcher, had a hit and two RBIs.

"I thought I made some good pitches," Haley said. "I'd love a better turnout. If I could turn back time and rethrow those two innings, I think I'd be good."

Santana played the full game and went 2-for-6 with a pair of RBIs.

Red Sox outfielder Bryce Brentz, who is out of Minor League options and faces long odds to make the team, belted a home run off the bench.

Twins Up Next: Right-hander Tyler Duffey, who is competing for the fifth spot in Minnesota's rotation, starts against the Blue Jays as the Twins make the trip up to Dunedin, Fla., for a 12:07 p.m. CT start. Lefty Adalberto Mejia, who is also competing to be in the rotation, will pitch in relief.

Red Sox Up Next: Kyle Kendrick will start Monday's 1:05 p.m. ET (Gameday Audio) game against the Orioles. It is a start that takes on added importance after Pomeranz's injuy. Kendrick, a non-roster invitee, could be the first starter the Red Sox call on if an opening develops in the rotation. Heath Hembree, who has had a strong camp, will pitch out of the bullpen. Former Red Sox lefty Wade Miley will pitch for the Orioles.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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