Napoli homers, Santana sharp as Red Sox beat Twins 8-5
Ervin Santana pitches five inning, one-hit ball game
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Mike Napoli had a two-run homer in a seven-run sixth, and the Boston Red Sox beat Minnesota 8-5 on Thursday night after Twins starter Ervin Santana turned in five scoreless innings of one-hit ball.
Dustin Pedroia also drove in two runs for the Red Sox, and Pablo Sandoval had two hits and an RBI.
Hanley Ramirez, a converted infielder now playing left field for Boston, went 0 for 4 and misplayed a ball that fell in front of him. That allowed Jordan Schafer to score on an error for a 2-0 lead.
Red Sox starter Rick Porcello gave up one run and five hits in four innings during his final tuneup for the regular season. He struck out three and walked none.
Santana had two strikeouts and issued one walk.