Boston's offense had struggled this series, being held to a combined five runs in the first two games of the weekend, but finally broke out after another slow start. They entered the game still leading majors by averaging 5.4 runs per game this season. Betts' two hits raised his league-leading batting average to .346, while Martinez extended his major league home run lead as well. Jackie Bradley Jr. also chipped in with a big two-run triple that gave his team the lead for good.
Boston improved the best record in baseball to 73-33, and now holds a 5.5-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East. The Yankees split a doubleheader at home against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
Rick Porcello earned his 13th win despite just barely getting through 5.2 innings and allowing four runs on five hits. He did strike out five and walked just one, while lasting long enough for his team to back him up and earn the win. On the other end, Twins starter Jake Odorizzi surrendered five runs on nine hits over five innings in his seventh loss.
The one down side for the Red Sox was Rafael Devers exiting the game after running the bases. He is reportedly heading to the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Boston will finish their series with the Twins on Sunday, before a tough week ahead against the Philadelphia Phillies and the Yankees.