By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
MINNEAPOLIS -- For the first five innings, the Red Sox played as though they were hungover from their thrilling, extra-inning comeback win against the New York Yankees Sunday night.
They finally snapped awake to score seven runs over the final four innings, edging the Minnesota Twins 8-6. The only disappointment was that they didn't do so in time to earn Tim Wakefield his 200th career victory.
With the Sox leading 6-5 in the middle of the eighth, Alfredo Aceves allowed a run in the bottom of the inning, depriving Wakefield of his milestone win.
But the Sox roared back with two runs in the top of the ninth before Jonathan Papelbon slammed the door on the Twins for his 25th save.
David Ortiz led the way in Boston's 17-hit attack with a four hits, including a mammoth 428-foot two-run homer in the sixth and a run-scoring single in the ninth as the Sox took the lead for good.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia had two hits -- a solo homer following Ortiz's and an RBI-single in the two-run ninth. Marco Scutaro, who had four hits Sunday night, added three more in the victory.
Wakefield pitched seven innings and was charged with five runs, though only three were earned thanks to some sloppy play behind him.
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Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.