Ellsbury's back-to-back walk-offs a rare feat

Ellsbury's back-to-back walk-offs a rare feat

BOSTON -- By ending games with one swing on back-to-back days (Tuesday and Wednesday), Jacoby Ellsbury pulled off a feat that doesn't happen very often.

The last Red Sox player to have walk-off hits in back-to-back games was David Ortiz, who finished off the Phillies with a homer on June 24, 2006, and a single two days later.

"It's great," Ortiz said of Ellsbury. "I'm happy for him. He's worked really hard. It's well deserved."

The last Boston player to have walk-off hits on consecutive days? Butch Hobson, who pulled it off on Aug. 27 (12th-inning single) and Aug. 28 (ninth-inning double) of 1978.

Carl Crawford had three walk-off hits for the Red Sox in May, spread over a 20-day span. He has enjoyed seeing Ellsbury take on that role this week.

"That's fine with me. We love the walk-offs on this team. We don't like to go to extra innings," Crawford said. "At the end of the day, we just want to win. He's had two in a row. I was happy for Jacoby. He won it with a home run. How many times do you get to do that? I was just happy we won the game."