Darren Lewis, ninth in the batting order, and Jeff Frye, the leadoff batter, hit consecutive home runs with one out in the ninth inning last night to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park.
"It was probably two guys that no one expects," said Lewis, who tied the game with a wind-aided shot off Mike Trombley (1-3) that barely cleared the Green Monster in left field for his second homer.
Frye followed by hitting Mike Trombley's 3-2 pitch into the left field screen. Lewis's homer also came on a 3-2 pitch.
The pair combined for just one homer in 273 at-bats entering the ninth inning, and had just 34 in 4,938 at-bats over 13 seasons. Lewis had 22 in seven years, including eight in his first season with the Red Sox last year. Frye had four hits in the game as the Red Sox won for just the second time in nine contests.
"That's all I've got," Frye said of his first game-ending homer. "I hit it pretty well. I've hit 13 home runs in my career and I remember every one of them."
John Wasdin (6-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory. Minnesota lost for the second time in seven games.
"It was an entertaining game," Twins Manager Tom Kelly said. "They saw two home runs from guys -- no offense to Mr. Lewis and Mr. Frye -- that you don't expect to put it over the fence."
Trombley, who grew up a Red Sox fan in Springfield, Mass., has seen his share of shots over the famous left field wall.
"I grew up in Massachusetts, so I know that when anything goes up in the air, you have to cringe," Trombley, the Twins' sixth pitcher, said. "I can't walk the guy with a one-run lead."
Brad Radke left after five innings because of a bruised left knee when he was hit by John Valentin's line drive.
WHITE SOX 9, DEVIL RAYS 7: Frank Thomas homered to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 20 games and host Chicago overcame two homers by Jose Canseco.
Canseco went 4 for 4 with four RBI and increased his major league-leading homer total to 25. He hit a solo shot in the fifth and added a three-run homer in a five-run ninth off Bill Simas to make it 9-7.
Simas, who had given up an RBI single to Randy Winn and a run-scoring groundout to Dave Martinez earlier in the inning, was then replaced by Bob Howry, who got the final two outs for his 11th save.
The White Sox, who were coming off a three-game sweep of the cross-town Cubs, extended their winning streak to four. The Devil Rays have lost 11 of their last 13 games.
YANKEES 8, RANGERS 2: Chili Davis made the most of his return from an interleague vacation, homering and driving in four runs at Yankee Stadium.
Hideki Irabu (3-3) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, allowing only a two-run homer to Juan Gonzalez. The Yankees have won 16 of the last 20 games against the Rangers, including a three-game sweep in last year's playoffs.
Davis was mostly a spectator last week with the Yankees playing without the designated hitter in National League parks. His only opportunities came as a pinch hitter and he went 1 for 4.
TIGERS 8, MARINERS 7: In Detroit, Tony Clark went 3 for 4, including a game-winning double in the ninth, and rookie Gabe Kapler homered twice.
Dean Palmer also homered for the Tigers, who trailed 6-1 before coming back. Brad Ausmus drew a leadoff walk in the ninth from Ken Cloude (3-3). One out later, Palmer walked before Clark doubled just out of Ken Griffey Jr.'s reach in right-center field.
Clark, batting just .212 before going on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder May 26, is 8 for 18 (.444) with two homers and six RBI in four games since his return.
The 6-foot-7 switch-hitter has made a major adjustment in his swing, crouching more to shrink his strike zone and get more drive out of his legs.