The defending World Series champions created history in front of an adoring Fenway Park crowd after David Ortiz and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back home runs in the 10th inning to win the game 2-1 over the Minnesota Twins.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the first time in the modern MLB era (1900-present) that a team has won a game in extra innings with back-to-back homers which were a team’s first runs of a game.
Before Ortiz’s and Napoli’s heroics Boston Red Sox had been lifeless at the plate, failing to notch up any hit of real value in the regulation nine innings.
Minnesota had also struggled to trouble the scoreboard on a glorious day at Fenway Park, but took a 1-0 lead at the top of the 10th thanks to Chris Parmalee.
The Twins took the lead with Parmalee’s homer but it proved too little to stop the Red Sox power-hitters from stealing the show.
Ortiz and Napoli, pillars in Red Sox’s World Series Championship last year, rescued their team with superb hits.
Ortiz smashed a tight splitter ball from Twins reliever Casey Fien which snuck inside the right foul pole line to level the game.
Napoli then stepped up to hit the winning homer, which clipped the top of the centre field wall and send the team and it’s fans wild.
According to MLB.com, The last time the Red Sox walked off with back-to-back homers was on June 14 1999 – also against Minnesota – when Darren Lewis and Jeff Frye saved their side in the bottom of the ninth in a 4-3 win.
The 2013 World Series champions will hope this win, which sealed a 3-0 series victory over the Twins, will carry momentum into a tricky four-game series in Oakland against the American League West division leaders.
The Red Sox moved to a 34-38 season record while the Twins fell to 32-38.
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