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Twins beat Red Sox in ninth on Parmelee's walk-off blast

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MINNEAPOLIS -- After what Chris Parmelee has been through the past six weeks, he'll savor this home run for a while.

Parmelee hit a game-ending shot in the ninth inning and the Minnesota Twins overcame David Ortiz's big night to beat the Boston Red Sox 8-6 on Tuesday.

"It's huge. It's one of those things that's a confidence builder," said Parmelee, who failed to make the roster out of spring training and cleared waivers before ending up back in the minors yet again. "In the long run, you've got to keep grinding."

Ortiz went 4 for 5 with two home runs and four RBI, but it wasn't enough for Boston.

Kurt Suzuki singled with two outs off reliever Andrew Miller (1-1) before Parmelee lined an 0-1 pitch into the right-field seats for his first two RBI of the season.

Parmelee has spent parts of the past three seasons with Minnesota, but hasn't been able to carry over the power he shows in the minors to the big-league club.

"He got sent down, frustrated, out of spring training," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He worked really hard down there and got back up here by playing his way back up, which is what you're supposed to do. A big one there for him."

Eduardo Nunez hit a home run and Brian Dozier had two RBI in a five-run second for Minnesota.

Ortiz hit solo home runs in the first and fourth and is tied with Jim Rice on the Red Sox list with 382. It was the 42nd multihomer game for Big Papi, who began his career with the Twins and now has 17 home runs and 47 RBI against his former team.

"One day you're going to go home, look back and see your names, see your name located right next to those guys, and that's a pretty good damn career," Ortiz said.

Ortiz added an RBI single in the sixth and another one in the seventh that made it 6-5.

"Our meetings were, 'Don't let him beat us.' Well, that didn't work. We'll have to change our meetings," Gardenhire said.

Glen Perkins (1-0) pitched the ninth, striking out Ortiz and Mike Napoli to strand Shane Victorino at first base.

Boston scored three times in the seventh and tied the score at 6 after reliever Matt Guerrier walked pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes with the bases loaded.

Caleb Thielbar came on to strike out former Twins catcher A.J. Pierzynski with the bases loaded to stop the rally.

Leading 6-3, Minnesota left the bases loaded in the sixth. It also stranded runners at second and third in the third and fifth.

Red Sox starter Jake Peavy allowed six runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings and failed to complete at least five innings for the first time in 18 starts with Boston.

Ricky Nolasco allowed three runs and struck out six in six innings for the Twins. Joe Mauer and Suzuki each had an RBI single.

The Minnesota Wild goal horn blared every time the Twins scored a run as the Wild played the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL playoffs a few miles down the road in St. Paul.

As soon as Parmelee touched home plate, the horn blared even louder as his teammates mobbed him all the way to the dugout.

"I was honestly just trying to hit a ball in the gap somewhere, watch Suzuki run," said Parmelee, who also hit a game-winning home run 10 days ago for Triple-A Rochester. "I was sitting fastball. You have to sit fastball against that guy. His slider is pretty nasty."

A victory would have given the Red Sox their first three-game winning streak of the season.

"It takes the air out of your sails quick. We felt like we were gaining some momentum," Boston manager John Farrell said. "Had we got through that last inning, we felt like we were in good shape in terms of who was remaining in their bullpen versus ours, but you tip your hat to Parmelee, who got one of one of the better left-handers in the game right now."

Farrell originally listed Peavy as Wednesday's starter, but said he intended to start Peavy on Tuesday all along and "screwed up" when announcing the probables for this series.

Notes

Twins GM Rob Antony said outfielder Josh Willingham, out since April 7 with a broken wrist, took early batting practice and could begin a minor-league rehab assignment this weekend. ... Antony also said an MRI showed a re-aggravation of the wrist injury sustained by top prospect Byron Buxton late in spring training. Buxton will work out in Fort Myers, Florida, until the wrist feels better. ... Peavy has allowed a home run in nine consecutive regular-season starts. ... Farrell said before the game that Gardenhire and Indians manager Terry Francona will be his coaches for the All-Star game at Target Field in July. ... Felix Doubront (1-3, 5.09 ERA) originally was scheduled to start Tuesday for Boston, but was given an extra day of rest and will start Wednesday against Kevin Correia (1-4, 6.34).

 
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Chris Parmelee follows the flight of his home run -- his first of the season, and the first walk-off shot of his career.  (USATSI)
Chris Parmelee follows the flight of his home run -- his first of the season, and the first walk-off shot of his career. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

C. Parmelee
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 2
RBI 4
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5110010 .287
Shane Victorino, RF5231010 .300
David Ortiz, DH5244011 .287
Mike Napoli, 1B4000122 .266
Grady Sizemore, LF2010100 .232
   a-Jonny Gomes, PH-LF0001100 .225
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000035 .267
Xander Bogaerts, SS4010011 .252
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4000021 .197
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF4110010 .219
Jake Peavy, P0000000 .000
   Chris Capuano, P0000000 .000
   Craig Breslow, P0000000 .000
   Junichi Tazawa, P0000000 .000
   Andrew Miller, P0000000 .000
Totals376116312  
a-walked for Sizemore in the 7th
Batting
3B - Shane Victorino (1, Nolasco), Xander Bogaerts (1, Nolasco)
HR - David Ortiz 2 (9, Nolasco)
RBI - Shane Victorino (9), David Ortiz 4 (23), Jonny Gomes (16)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (4), David Ortiz 2 (7), Jonny Gomes (5)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Bogaerts-Pedroia-Napoli
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Peavy 4.1966211 3.94
Chris Capuano 1.2200220 2.33
Craig Breslow 1000120 4.09
Junichi Tazawa 1000000 2.81
Andrew Miller (L,1-1) 0.2222021 2.70
WP - Chris Capuano (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 91-55, Chris Capuano 36-19, Craig Breslow 18-9, Junichi Tazawa 5-3, Andrew Miller 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 6-5, Chris Capuano 2-1
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 23, Chris Capuano 9, Craig Breslow 4, Junichi Tazawa 2, Andrew Miller 4
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B5112001 .236
Joe Mauer, 1B5021000 .302
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4120111 .246
Jason Kubel, LF3000112 .261
   a-Chris Colabello, PH1000010 .248
Kurt Suzuki, C5131003 .314
Chris Parmelee, RF4232110 .438
Eduardo Nunez, DH4112022 .278
Eduardo Escobar, SS4110004 .328
Danny Santana, CF2100210 .381
Ricky Nolasco, P0000000 .000
   Michael Tonkin, P0000000 .000
   Brian Duensing, P0000000 .000
   Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
   Caleb Thielbar, P0000000 .000
   Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   Glen Perkins, P0000000 .000
Totals37813857  
a-struck out for Kubel in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brian Dozier (3, Peavy), Trevor Plouffe (15, Peavy)
HR - Chris Parmelee (1, Miller), Eduardo Nunez (1, Peavy)
RBI - Brian Dozier 2 (19), Joe Mauer (12), Kurt Suzuki (25), Chris Parmelee 2 (2), Eduardo Nunez 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Parmelee 2 (2)
PK - Danny Santana (1, Tazawa)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Dozier-Mauer
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco 6633162 5.51
Michael Tonkin (H,3) 0.2333010 6.97
Brian Duensing 0100100 1.69
Matt Guerrier (BS,1) 0000100 9.00
Caleb Thielbar 0.1000010 1.64
Jared Burton 1000020 5.87
Glen Perkins (W,1-0) 1100020 3.12
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 102-64, Michael Tonkin 18-11, Brian Duensing 11-4, Matt Guerrier 10-6, Caleb Thielbar 9-6, Jared Burton 10-9, Glen Perkins 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 6-5, Michael Tonkin 1-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 24, Michael Tonkin 5, Brian Duensing 2, Matt Guerrier 1, Caleb Thielbar 1, Jared Burton 3, Glen Perkins 4
Game Information
Attendance - 23949
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 51
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Sean Barber