The Boston Red Sox earned a series sweep Wednesday, edging the Minnesota Twins in dramatic fashion, 2-1. Back-to-back homers in the tenth lifted the club to a thrilling come-from-behind walk-off victory on a warm afternoon at Fewnay Park.
Facing defeat with two outs in the tenth, David Ortiz stepped to the plate. As he has ever so often done in the past, Ortiz came through with a clutch, game-tying solo blast. His towering homer squeaked just inside Pesky’s Pole.
Uehara had not surrendered a run, let alone a homerun, since May 1. His 21-inning scoreless streak is now over.
Overshadowed by the walk-off heroics was the performance put forth by Lackey. He was absolutely dazzling. Lackey pitched nine scoreless innings, fanned nine batters, all while allowing just three hits. The 105 pitches he threw illustrates how remarkably efficient his effort was.
The Sox have now won five of their last seven games. They’ll next visit the Major League leading Oakland Athletics for a four-game weekend set. Jake Peavy will square-off opposite the resurgent Scott Kazmir Thursday night.