Red Sox 2, Twins 0
Minnesota's Torii Hunter led off the seventh inning with a flare to right off Hideo Nomo, who had thrown a no-hitter on April 4 and was trying to become the first pitcher since Nolan Ryan in 1973 to throw two no-nos in a season. Boston rightfielder Darren Lewis, a Gold Glover who went a big-league-record 392 games without an error, broke back on the ball and then came charging in to try a feet-first sliding catch. The ball glanced off the edge of his glove, allowing Hunter to reach first. The question: Was it a cheap hit or an error on Lewis?
Bob Ellis, a minor league official scorer working his first major league game, at Fenway Park, immediately—and correctly—ruled the play a hit. Nomo was lifted after the seventh, and the Twins got their second and final hit in the ninth off reliever Lowe. "If he'd caught the ball, I think we all would have said it was a great play," Ellis said of Lewis's attempt. Lewis disagreed: "It's a play I make 99 percent of the time. I should have made the play."