As the first pitch crossed the plate at Target Field on Tuesday afternoon, the temperature was a frigid 33 degrees — the second chilliest to start a game in Red Sox history.
But when you’re as hot as the Red Sox are, you can easily tune out the elements, including snow that fell for portions of the game.
Backed by a pair of RBI doubles from slump-busting rookie Bobby Dalbec, the rolling Red Sox ran their winning streak to seven games by edging out the Twins, 4-2.
This is the first time since the championship-winning season of 2018 that Boston has put together a winning streak of seven games or more. While this was the continuation of the most gratifying stretch the Red Sox have had in a while, it was something much different for Dalbec, who came into the day hitting .120 with one extra-base hit and one RBI.
Dalbec’s first big contribution came in the fifth inning, when he lashed a two-out double down the line in right to score Christian Arroyo from first to tie the game.
Three innings later, the game was still tied when Dalbec put the Red Sox in front with an eerily similar double down the line in right. Arroyo again set him up with a double.
It exemplified the depth of Boston’s order that the No. 8-9 hitters carried the day — at least until Rafael Devers hit a tape-measure homer to right for an insurance run in the top of the ninth. For Devers, it was his fifth homer in the last four games.
The win would not have been possible without strong pitching. Lefty starter Martín Pérez struggled in the first, allowing two runs. But he was untouched for the rest of his five-inning performance.
The bullpen took it home for the final 12 outs.