Mike Napoli and David Ortiz went back-to-back with consecutive home runs when it counted to rally the Red Sox past the Twins 2-1 Wednesday
Napoli spoke about his blast, his third career walkoff homer and first since hitting one out against the Yankees last July.
“I got down 0-2, took two aggressive swings to try to drive a ball,” Napoli said of the game winner off Twins reliever Casey Fien. “And I know he likes to elevate with two strikes so just tried to stay short, compact and got a pitch I can handle.”
Napoli knows the offense has been struggling but all that matters right now is piling up the victories.
“Our pitching’s been unbelievable, especially today,” Napoli said. “Lackey going nine shutout innings. They didn’t do anything, they got one hit so it was nice, we picked up Koji, got a win, got a series sweep so we’re just worried about winning any way we can.”
Wednesday’s win marked the fifth straight one run game for the Red Sox.
“We play a lot of close games,” Napoli said. “I don’t know what it is, just might be that thing this year. We gotta do a better job of winning those one-run games.”
Napoli was impressed with the performance of Lackey, his longtime friend and teammate.
“His tempo is amazing,” Napoli said. “On defense, he gets the ball and throws it. He throws strikes. He goes after hitters. He’s a great pitcher. He throws a lot of strikes. He isn’t afraid. He’s a bulldog out there.”
Napoli also historically hits well when Lackey is on the hill.
“It was brought to my attention by Peavy the other day that my production on Lackey’s days they’re pretty good,” Napoli said. “But I just said to Peavy, ‘hey there you go. another productive day for Lackey.'”