Nelson Cruz homered on an 80.6 mph slider from Rick Porcello. Miguel Sano then crushed a 90.3 mph fastball over the center field wall minutes later as the Twins jumped ahead 6-0 in the fifth inning.
Another day, another terrible performance by a Red Sox starting pitcher.
Catcher Christian Vazquez called different pitches.
"I shook off to get to those and I didn’t execute them,” Porcello said. "Not only does it result in a hit but it resulted in home runs.
“It’s entirely on me,” Porcello added. “I don’t know what else to say besides I’m frustrated, embarrassed. That’s it. I’m working hard and putting everything into it. But effort level doesn’t get you wins in the big leagues. It’s executing pitches.”
The Red Sox lost 6-5 to the Twins here at Fenway Park on Tuesday.
“I sucked. That’s the bottomline," Porcello said. “Six runs in four innings, not going to get it done. We need to win every game right now. And that’s the part that hurts the most: is going out and giving it up like that.”
Boston dropped to 23-38 against teams with winning records compared to 51-26 vs. teams under .500. The Sox are 10-18 at Fenway Park against winning teams and 6-14 at home against AL playoff teams.