BOSTON, JULY 17 -- The Minnesota Twins made history with twin triple plays, but the Red Sox won, 1-0, tonight to regain first place in the American League East.
"With those triple plays, it was like somebody doesn't want you to win the ballgame," said Tim Naehring, whose first major league hit won the game.
It was the first time in major league history that two triple plays came in one game, according to records since 1901.
"It's never happened in 120 years or whatever," said Jody Reed, who hit into the second one and whose arithmetic was faulty. "We were the first. It's like landing on the moon."
Tom Brunansky hit into the first one with the bases loaded in the fourth. Reed's came with runners on first and second in the eighth. Both were on grounders to third baseman Gary Gaetti. Both times he stepped on the bag and threw to second baseman Al Newman for the force. Newman then relayed to Kent Hrbek, getting both runners by full strides.
"That's unbelievable," Newman said. "I'm still nervous about it. I just figured we were going to win the ballgame after the second one happened."
Gaetti said he told Boggs, who was at third, to get ready for a triple play when Brunansky, a pull hitter, was up.
Boggs "just looked at me and spit. I think he rolled his eyes a little bit," Gaetti said.
"I wasn't taking him seriously," Boggs said.
Red Sox relief pitcher Dennis Lamp, standing in Manager Joe Morgan's office, said: "As Joe always says, 'We've got to stay out of the double plays,' and we did."
The victory was Boston's second in 10 games and the first by a starter in 12 games.
Tom Bolton (3-0) yielded five hits, struck out six and walked four. He left after walking the leadoff batter in the ninth and Reardon finished for his 16th save.
With one out in the Boston fifth, Mike Greenwell's grounder went between shortstop Greg Gagne's legs. Greenwell went to second on Tony Pena's single and third on Billy Jo Robidoux's grounder that forced Pena.
Naehring, a shortstop promoted from Pawtucket of the International League Saturday, singled off Scott Erickson (1-2) to score Greenwell.
The fourth-inning triple play came after Erickson walked Boggs. Reed doubled, Carlos Quintana walked and Brunansky grounded sharply to Gaetti.
In the eighth, John Candelaria gave up a double to Naehring leading off, then walked Boggs. Reed hit a one-hopper to Gaetti and stumbled getting out of the batter's box.
"I said, 'Here we go,' " Reed said after the game.