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Pedroia Goes 5 For 5; Sox Now 12-3 In July

BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts homered on the first pitch Boston faced, David Ortiz added a late two-run homer and the Red Sox continued to surge through July with a 13-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

Dustin Pedroia went 5 for 5 with two doubles for Boston, which had 17 hits while winning its third straight and improving to 12-3 in July.

Betts, Ortiz and Xander Bogaerts had three hits apiece and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a solo homer and finished with three RBIs.

Steven Wright (12-5) tied his career high with nine strikeouts and held Minnesota to four hits in eight innings. The Twins didn't reach base against the knuckleballer until the fifth and...

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