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Red Sox Notes: Walk-offs, Back-to-Back Home Runs, Finally Over .500 at Fenway

The 2-1 win over the Twins in 10 innings at Fenway Park was the Red Sox’ fifth walk-off win of the season, giving them their fifth series sweep of the season. They scored just five runs in the series, but allowed only two.

The Sox went into the bottom of the 10th inning with no runs and just one hit. With one out, David Ortiz launched his 16th home run of the season. Mike Napoli, the next batter, gave the Sox the win with his seventh homer of the season, a blast to straightaway center field. It was the third time the Sox have hit back-to-back home runs this season, and the first since A.J. Pierzynski and Will Middlebrooks did so on April 26 against the Blue Jays.

It was Napoli’s third career walk-off home run and first since July 21, 2013, against the Yankees. It was the Sox’ first walk-off homer since that Napoli home run against the Yankees last season.

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With the win, the Sox improve to 20-19 at Fenway. It is the first time this season they have been over .500 at home.

• The last time the Sox hit back-to-back home runs in a walk-off win was June 14, 1999, when Darren Lewis and Jeff Frye did so in the bottom of the ninth, also against the Twins.

• Before the two home runs, the Sox had just three baserunners – one on a hit, Daniel Nava’s fifth-inning, two-out, ground-rule double, and two on Twins errors.

• In the last seven games Red Sox pitchers lowered their staff ERA to 3.62, giving up a total of 264 earned runs over 656 2/3 innings. They allowed just 13 runs in the homestand, the fewest in a homestand of at least seven games since allowed eight runs from Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, 1978.

• Despite his stellar performance, John Lackey was not involved in the decision. He went nine shutout innings, giving up three hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. Lackey is the first Sox pitcher to go nine scoreless innings without earning a win since Matt Young went nine innings in a 13-inning, 1-0 loss to the Indians on April 15, 1991.

It was Lackey’s team-leading 12th quality start in 15 outings this season. He has recorded a quality start in 10 of his last 11 outings since April 23. In that span, he has posted an ERA of 2.27, allowing 20 earned runs in 79 1/3 innings.

Over his last six starts he has an ERA of .160, allowing eight earned runs in 45 innings. He did not allow a run in three of those six outings.

It was the 10th time in his career – first with the Sox – that he pitched nine scoreless innings. The last time was Sept. 10, 2009, while with the Angels against the Mariners.

• Napoli’s home run was the fifth walk-off hit of his career. Three have been with the Sox.

• Ortiz’s game-tying solo homer in the 10th was his ninth career extra-inning home run and first since a 10th-inning walk-off on June 24, 2006, against the Phillies.

• Koji Uehara earned the win despite giving up a go-ahead run on 10th-inning solo homer to Chris Parmelee. That ended a streak of 21 scoreless innings. Before that, he last allowed a run in the second game of a doubleheader on May 1 against the Rays. It was the first home run he had allowed since April 26 at Toronto.

• Major League Baseball upheld Brandon Workman’s six-game suspension for throwing at the Rays Evan Longoria on May 30. He did not drop his appeal, which was heard on Friday. The suspension began Wednesday. The Sox have not yet announced who will make Workman’s start against the A’s in Oakland on Friday. But left-hander Felix Doubront is a “definite candidate,” manager John Farrell said.

• The Sox announced they released outfielder Grady Sizemore on Wednesday. This cuts any ties between the team and Sizemore, who had been designated for assignment on Tuesday.