The Boston Red Sox tallied just three hits on Wednesday. Two of them came in the 10th inning. They were both home runs.
David Ortiz and Mike Napoli each went deep as the home standing Red Sox walked off the Minnesota Twins, 3-2, at Fenway Park.
"I can't tell you the last time we went back to back," Red Sox manager John Farrell told the team's official website. "It's been a while. Couldn't have been better timing. David's home run gives us a huge lift just to knot it at 1, and Nap gets a fastball up on the plate, and a good way to finish a well-pitched three-game series here."
The win completed a three-game sweep of the Twins. The Red Sox outscored them just 5-2.
Daniel Nava earned the only other hit — a fifth inning double.
Boston bats were more effective on Tuesday night. Though it topped Minnesota 2-1 and only left five runners on base.
Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia each had a pair of hits.
Pedroia has been the always reliable infielder for Boston for nearly a decade. Holt is the new kid on the block playing in just his second season in the big leagues.
So far in 2014, Holt has a .329 batting average in 38 games. He is the ultimate utiltyman that is able to play all outfield positions and up the middle at second and shortstop.
Pedroia is batting a solid .263 with three home runs and 25 RBIs. The 30-year old is now in his eighth season with the Red Sox. Holt and Pedroia are cut from the same cloth in terms of heart, desire and work ethic.
Pedroia is still the unquestioned leader in the Boston clubhouse.
At 34-38 it's far from an ideal record for the three-time World Series champions.
“A lot of guys are frustrated. We’re tired of losing. We’ve got to play better,” Pedroia told the Boston Herald. “When you win seven in a row, you feel like you’re never going to lose again. When you lose 10 in a row, you feel like you’re never going to win. We’ve got to find a way to show up tomorrow and scratch out a win and build on it.”
This most recent series is the best way to build for the rest of the season.
The spark started on Monday when they opened the series with a 1-0 shutout win over the Twins.
Jorge De La Rosa earned the win allowing just one hit over seven innings. Boston's lone run came on an A.J. Pierzynski RBI single.
The most recent games for the Red Sox weren't offensive masterpieces, but they got the job done.
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