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Highlights: Red Sox win streak ends in walk-off loss to Twins originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The Boston Red Sox nearly pulled off another comeback victory Thursday afternoon in Minnesota, but the Twins earned a walk-off victory in the bottom of the ninth inning in the series finale at Target Field.
The defeat ends the Red Sox' nine-game win streak, which included victories in the first three games of this series against the Twins.
Alex Verdugo gave the Red Sox a chance when he hit a three-run double in the eighth inning to tie the score at three. Red Sox reliever Adam Ottavino pitched the ninth inning and allowed two runners to get on base before Max Kepler won the game on a bloop single to center field that scored Luis Arraez from second base.
Michael Pineda was excellent on the mound for the Twins. The Minnesota starter pitched seven innings and allowed zero runs and just two hits. He struck out six and walked one. Twins reliever Alex Colome picked up the win after pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
Garrett Richards started for the Red Sox and pitched five innings. He allowed four hits and two earned runs, while striking out four and walking two. Ottavino took the loss.
The Red Sox only tallied four hits -- one each from Kike Hernandez, Xander Bogaerts, Christian Arroyo and Verdugo. Arraez went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.
FINAL SCORE: Twins 4, Red Sox 3
RED SOX RECORD: 9-4
Twins star Miguel Sano increased the Twins' lead to 3-0 with this solo home run in the sixth inning.
Alex Verdugo's three-run double in the eighth inning gave the Red Sox a chance to steal the series finale.
The Red Sox will return to Fenway Park for a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox beginning Friday. First pitch in Game 1 is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.