Ortiz, Napoli make history with 10th-inning blasts
First time since 1900 team goes back to back in extras for first runs in victory
Mike Napoli made history on Wednesday afternoon when his 10th-inning home run cleared the center-field wall at Fenway Park for a 2-1 Red Sox win over the Twins.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, blasts from David Ortiz and Napoli marked the first time in the modern era (1900-present) that a team won a game in extra innings with back-to-back home runs that represented its first runs of the game.
The last time Boston walked off with back-to-back homers was June 14, 1999 -- also against Minnesota -- when Darren Lewis and Jeff Frye going deep in the bottom of the ninth in a 4-3 victory.
Of course, manager John Farrell was not in Boston then.
"I can't tell you the last time we went back-to-back," Farrell said. "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."
When Chris Parmalee gave the Twins the lead with a homer in the top of the 10th, the table was set.
Ortiz homered off reliever Casey Fien to tie the game with one out, then Napoli smashed a high drive to center. The ball just got over the wall, and Red Sox swarmed the veteran at the plate to celebrate the sweep and a very unique victory.
Alex M. Smith is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.