The Boston Red Sox avoided a series sweep against the Minnesota Twins with a 9-2 victory at Target Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Sox improved to 19-16 while the Twins fell to 19-14.

Check out the box score here.

The Red Sox blew the game open in the eighth inning after they scored four runs on four hits.

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Vaughn Grissom, playing in his second game for the ballclub, came up in a clutch spot as he connected on a two-run double off the wall in right-center field. It ultimately gave Boston a 5-1 lead with one out in the frame, and scored Rafael Devers (one-out single) and Tyler O’Neill (one-out double). Dominic Smith followed it up with a two-run double to left field, which scored Wilyer Abreu (one-out walk) and Grissom. Smith’s knock officially was ruled a hit, despite the fact Twins left fielder Manuel Margot lost the pop up in the sunlight.

Boston also benefited from its first home run in nearly a week as Ceddanne Rafaela hit a two-run shot in the fifth. The Red Sox had not hit a home run in six games. Rafael Devers added a two-run home run in the ninth inning for good measure.

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The offense came through after another gem from the pitching staff.

Starter Cooper Criswell, who allowed one run on five hits in 4 1/3 innings, provided a bit of a scare early on as the Twins loaded the bases with nobody out in the second inning. Criswell, however, struck out each of the next two batters and then fielded a weak ground ball, which he threw to home plate for the force out to end the frame.

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Brennan Bernardino, Zack Kelly, Cam Booser, Josh Winckowski and Kenley Jansen all pitched in relief.

— Rafaela gave the Red Sox a 3-1 lead with one out in the fifth inning after his two-run home run. Rafaela’s 398-foot shot to left-center field scored Reese McGuire, who slapped a one-out single earlier in the frame.

— Grissom, who went 0-for-3 in his debut on Saturday, recorded his first hit in a Red Sox uniform. The fact it broke the game open in the eighth made it even better.

— Criswell did his job as he allowed one run on five hits in 4 1/3 innings. Criswell entered the contest with a 1.65 ERA in his previous four starts.

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The Red Sox benefit from an off day Monday for the second consecutive week. Boston will continue its five-game road trip with a two-game series against the Atlanta Braves. First pitch from Truist Park on Tuesday night is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. ET, and you can watch it on NESN.

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