Buxton continues hot hitting as Twins top Red Sox 9-5

Byron Buxton hit his fourth home run of the spring and Brian Navarreto added a three-run shot as the Minnesota Twins topped the Boston Red Sox 9-5 on Wednesday at JetBlue Park.

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Buxton also doubled in going 2 for 3 to raise his batting average to .400. He also scored a run and drove in one, his 12th RBI of the spring. Navarreto, who entered the game for Mitch Garver after he was hit by a pitch, keyed a four-run sixth inning with his blast, helping Minnesota break a 2-all tie.

C.J. Cron was 2 for 4 with two doubles and Eddie Rosario drove in two runs, giving him 10 RBI.

Adam Rosales finished off the scoring for the Twins with a two-run homer — his fourth of the spring, trying Buxton for the team lead — in the ninth inning.

Jose Berrios started for the Twins and allowed two runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings. Blake Parker and Mike Morin each threw a perfect inning, striking out two.


The Twins have a pair of split-squad games Thursday, vs. Washington and at Baltimore. Both games are at noon CT.

Minnesota Twins catcher Brian Navarreto (79) celebrates with left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) and first baseman C.J. Cron (24) after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning.