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Before fans could settle into their seats at Fenway Park, the Minnesota Twins third worst offense in the American League in terms of runs scored had already put a four spot on the board against Allen Webster.
A stunning development to be sure, and a nearly perfect start for Ron Gardenhire's squad, but the question then became: Would a game's worth of offense in one inning hold up for all nine? The answer was a resounding "no" as Boston quickly countered with five runs in their half thanks largely to Jonny Gomes' grand slam off Pedro Hernandez.
To the Twins' credit, they didn't allow Boston's response to rattle them. In fact, they came back with an even better inning, scoring seven more times in the second with Pedro Florimon's home run starting the rally and his two-run double capping it off.
The three RBIs were enough to set a new career-high for the 26-year-old shortstop. When all was said and done, the Twins also set seasons highs in runs, winning it 15-8, and hits (20).
''We'll be asking for a little BP rain tomorrow,'' joked Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. ''It was a crazy night. The ball was flying early. Both pitchers, their young guy, we didn't let him breathe, and they did that to our pitcher, too.''
As for Boston, despite 12 hits of their own, David Ortiz went 0 for 5, snapping his 27-game hitting streak dating back to last season.
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