The Red Sox offense slept through most of of Wednesday’s game against the Twins at Fenway Park, but woke up long enough to manufacture a walk-off win in the 10th inning, 2-1.
With one out in the 10th and Casey Fien on the mound, David Ortiz wrapped a solo home run around the Pesky Pole and Mike Napoli followed that with a blast to straightaway center field and a walk-off.
John Lackey’s gem on Wednesday afternoon against the Twins nearly went for naught, as the usually lights-out Koji Uehara allowed a home run to Chris Parmelee with two outs in the top of the 10th. The run allowed snapped a 21-inning scoreless streak by Uehara, since the second game of a doubleheader at Fenway on May 1. It was the first home run he allowed since April 26 at Toronto.
The Red Sox and Twins each got stellar performances from their starting pitchers, who matched zeroes and handcuffed the other’s offense.
Lackey went nine scoreless innings giving up three hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. He threw 105 pitches, 74 for strikes, but was not involved in the decision.
The two-out walk in the ninth Lackey issued to Brian Dozier was first in the game.
Kyle Gibson went seven scoreless innings, giving up just one hit with no walks and eight strikeouts. He matched career bests in runs and walks allowed, and set new career bests in hits and strikeouts, but was also not involved in the decision.
In the first nine innings, the Sox offense had more baserunners reach on Twins errors – two -- than on their own hits – one. The offensive futility is a testament as much to Gibson’s work as it is to the Sox overall offensive malaise.
Left-hander Brian Duensing replaced Gibson, going 1 2/3 perfect innings. He was replaced by Jared Burton with two outs in the ninth. But Burton needed just one pitch to get Xander Bogaerts to ground out, ending the inning.
The Sox lone hit through the first nine innings was Daniel Nava’s ground-rule double in the fifth. But, he was stranded when A.J. Pierzynski grounded out to end the inning.
Casey Fien took the loss, serving up the two 10th-inning home runs.