Red Sox rally to win 2-1 over Twins
BOSTON -- Just like that, the dormant Boston Red Sox woke up.
Just in time.
David Ortiz and Mike Napoli hit one-out back-to-back home runs off right-hander Casey Fien in the 10th inning to rally the Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Ortiz, the designated hitter who spent the end of the seventh inning screaming up at the official scorer over a scoring decision, hit his 16th homer before first baseman Napoli hit his seventh, the third walk-off homer of his career.
The shots made a winner of Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (2-1), who allowed a home run to Minnesota right fielder Chris Parmelee (his fourth, three against Boston) in the top of the inning.
The Red Sox (34-38) then erupted to finish off a sweep of a three-game series, by scores of 1-0, 2-1 and 2-1. They have scored eight runs in going 3-2 over their last five games -- going 2-for-30 with runners in scoring position over that span.
It wasn't clear why Fien was in the game instead of regular closer Glen Perkins, who has 17 saves.
The Twins fell to 32-38.
Parmelee, who had two earlier singles, connected to end a 21-inning scoreless streak for Uehara.
Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, while Boston righty John Lackey pitched a three-hitter through nine.
Lackey, turning in his third no-run performance in his last six starts, gave up only the singles to Parmalee through the first seven innings and yielded another hit in the eighth and a walk in the ninth. Only one runner reached scoring position.
Gibson, who has thrown 22 straight scoreless innings over his last three starts, retired the first 14 before left fielder Daniel Nava doubled with two out in the fifth. Gibson didn't walk a batter and struck out eight.
Parmelee, who hit two homers, one the game winner, against the Red Sox in Minneapolis last month but didn't play in the first two games of this series, stroked singles in the second and fifth innings and got as far as second (on a wild pitch) in the fifth.
Nava's shot, which appeared to be off the end of the bat, bounced into the Red Sox bullpen. But catcher A.J. Pierzynski grounded out to kill the chance.
With two out in the sixth, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, who made a nice play on a grounder in the third, booted a bouncer by right fielder Brock Holt, but Gibson quickly ended that inning.
With two out in the seventh, Ortiz reached on an error by first baseman Joe Mauer, but Napoli promptly grounded into a double play.
After the inning, Ortiz, walking off after the double play, talked to an umpire and two teammates and pointed out to the scoreboard and couldn't believe he didn't get a hit. He screamed up toward the press box, at official scorer Bob Ellis, gave the scorer the thumbs down sign and then fired his helmet down the dugout steps.
NOTES: The Red Sox released OF Grady Sizemore, who had been designated for assignment Tuesday. The door could still be open for him to return and play at Pawtucket if he doesn't find a job. ... Boston RHP Brandon Workman lost his appeal of a six-game suspension for throwing at Evan Longoria and began serving Wednesday. He was penciled in to start Friday night in Oakland but manage John Farrell, who didn't have the decision before the game, said the team had "a couple of guys available" at Pawtucket. One of them could be rehabbing LHP Felix Doubront, who made his third rehab start Sunday. ... RHP Yohan Pino, 30, will become the oldest starter ever to make his major league debut with the Washington/Minnesota franchise when he opens the Twins' four-game home series with the Chicago White Sox Thursday night. ... RHP Jake Peavy hopes to end a nine-game winless streak (0-4 with five no-decisions) when the Red Sox open their road trip in Oakland on Thursday night. ... Minnesota INF Eduardo Nunez missed his fourth straight game with a hamstring problem but ran the bases before the game and was available.