Jun 18, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) is congratulated by first baseman Mike Napoli (12) after hitting a home run against the Minnesota Twins in the tenth inning at Fenway Park. The Red Sox defeated the Twins 2-1. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Ortiz, Napoli power Red Sox past Twins in extras

Jun 18, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; The Boston Red Sox greet first baseman Mike Napoli (12) at home plate after hitting the game winning home run against the Minnesota Twins in the tenth inning at Fenway Park. The Red Sox defeated the Twins 2-1. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Aside from the big blasts that were mashed in the tenth, both sides engaged in a mesmerizing pitching duel. John Lackey was on point for the Sox while Kyle Gibson countered for the Twins.

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.

Mike Napoli followed up Ortiz with a big fly of his own. He crushed a solo shot into the black-tarped seats in center. Napoli’s walk-off dinger came on Casey Fien‘s 0-2 delivery.

Prior to Boston’s late-inning magic, Minnesota’s Chris Parmelee broke a scoreless tie, going deep into the right field bleachers. The go-head hit came off of Koji Uehara.

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.

 

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