MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - After what Chris Parmelee has been through the last six weeks, he’ll savor this home run for a while.
“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.”
Parmelee has spent parts of the last 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 homered and Brian Dozier had two RBIs in a five-run second for Minnesota.
Ortiz hit solo homers 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 homers and 47 RBIs 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.