Posted July 11, 2013 on
AP on Fox
Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
David Ortiz doubled in his first at-bat to become baseball's all-time leader in hits as a designated hitter and hit a two-run homer an inning later, leading the Boston Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
Ortiz entered the night tied with Harold Baines for the most hits as a DH and it took just one at-bat to claim the record. Ortiz doubled to left-center field to lead off the second inning and was acknowledged by a standing ovation from the mix of Red Sox and Mariners fans.
An inning later, Ortiz collected his eighth hit of the series with a two-run homer off Seattle starter Aaron Harang (4-8), his 19th this season.
Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, currently the best in baseball, and the Red Sox knocked around Harang for seven runs and eight hits.
Ortiz appeared touched by the ovation, tipping his helmet twice toward the standing fans and patting his chest. Ortiz already held the marks for the most runs scored, doubles, home runs, extra-base hits and RBIs by a designated hitter.
Ortiz scored in the second on Jared Saltalamacchia's sacrifice fly, then provided the big blow in the third with a two-out, two-run homer to right-center field, his second straight game going deep.
Boston broke the game open in the sixth and knocked out Harang after singles by Jose Iglesias and Brock Holt to open the inning. Ellsbury and Shane Victorino both had RBI singles in the four-run inning that was helped along by a throwing error from Seattle shortstop Brad Miller.
After Seattle held a 5-1 lead after two innings in Tuesday's game, the Red Sox have outscored the Mariners 21-7 in the following 16 innings.
Ortiz's milestone night overshadowed one of the best starts this season by Boston's Felix Doubront. With its bullpen taxed in the opening two games of the series, Doubront (6-3) provided the outing Boston needed to give its relievers a rest.
Doubront took a shutout into the seventh and silenced a Seattle offense that scored 19 runs against Boston pitching in the first two games of the series. He allowed only a pair of early singles, and a double to Michael Saunders - the first Seattle batter to reach second base - in the fifth.
Seattle finally got to Doubront in the seventh when Jason Bay led off with a double and scored on Henry Blanco's two-out single. But that was the extent of Seattle's offense against the lefty. Doubront won his second straight start after going more than a month without a victory. It was third time this season Doubront has allowed one earned run or less, and just the second time he's finished seven innings.
Doubront struck out six and walked two.
Notes: Seattle SS Brendan Ryan led off the eighth with a solo homer off Boston's Brandon Workman, making his major league debut. Seattle scored three times in the inning. ... Ellsbury returned after missing the first two games of the series with a sore wrist. ... Seattle RHP Stephen Pryor (60-day DL, lat muscle), threw a 25-pitch simulated game on Wednesday and will do the same on Saturday. Manager Eric Wedge said OFs Michael Morse (quad) and Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) are not yet ready to go out on rehab assignments. ... Boston manager John Farrell said RHP Alex Wilson, placed on the 15-day DL Tuesday, has joint inflammation in his thumb, but the injury is not as serious as first believed.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The Red Sox had quite the game Tuesday night, and it’s no coincidence that David Ortiz had a big game, too.
The Boston designated hitter was once again the power behind the Sox’ attack, going 4-for-5 with a homer run as Boston racked up 16 hits and five home runs on its way to its 11-8 win over the Mariners.
On top of the win, the night also marked several special occasions for...
Most 9-year-old boys would be thrilled to spend a birthday at the ballpark, and when you’re David Ortiz‘ son, the celebration is anything but ordinary.
During the team’s game against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, the Red Sox’ designated hitter brought a cake from the dugout to his son, D’Angelo, in the stands, according to Peter Abraham. D’Angelo turns 9 on Wednesday...
Boston's David Ortiz has passed Harold Baines to become Major League Baseball's career leader in hits by a designated hitter.
Ortiz collected his 1,689th hit as a DH when he doubled to left-center field leading off the second inning Wednesday night against the Seattle Mariners. Ortiz received a loud ovation from the fans at Safeco Field when the milestone was shown on the...
D’Angelo Ortiz may have had the best ninth birthday ever, thanks to his Papi.
According to Pete Abraham, D’Angelo has been traveling with David Ortiz and the Sox since their series in Anaheim and for the first two games against Seattle. For his birthday on Wednesday, he took batting practice and stretched with the team before the game.
David Ortiz is on the cusp of history.
With one hit on Wednesday night against the Seattle Mariners, the Red Sox slugger will become the all-time hits leader at the designated hitter position. Big Papi had 1,952 hits heading into Wednesday night’s matchup, with 429 career home runs and 1,388 RBIs.
Red Sox manager John Farrell knows that Ortiz is nowhere near finished, and that...
Manny Ramirez sounds like a changed man. Just ask David Ortiz.
Ortiz, who formed a potent 3-4 combo with Ramirez in Boston from 2003 to 2008, said on WEEI’s Salk & Holley Show Wednesday that he keeps in touch with his former teammate and that he has noticed a great deal of change in the 41-year-old slugger.
“He’s a totally different person,” Ortiz said. “I’m really...
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
Overcoming a poor start by their rookie starter and an apparent injury to their first reliever, the Red Sox used an offensive explosion at the plate, and, most improbably, six innings of one-run ball from their...
Felix Doubront had another strong outing and David Ortiz had a record-breaking night as the Red Sox pounded the Seattle Mariners 11-4 Wednesday night.
Doubront shutout the Mariners for six innings before giving up a two-out run in the seventh. Doubront threw 107 pitches with six strikeouts and only two walks. Doubront did not allow a base runner beyond...
(Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)The players must have heard all the talk about a 'power shortage' in the Red Sox lineup. Last night, no such shortage existed as David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli, Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Shane Victorino all went deep in an 11-8 bounce-back victory for Boston. Two promising young starters were anything but, as both Boston's Allen Webster...
For a second straight night the Red Sox offense was in sync and they pounded out 11 runs against the Mariners. Starting pitching was dominant, one of Doubronts best outings of the season and set the tone for the Sox all night long. Here are the 3 stars of the game:
Star 3: Shane Victorino
Victornio had a 2-4 night before being subbed out by JBJ for...
The beginning of the game was rough to watch and then the game continued to drag on, so most of Red Sox Nation missed the end of the game, but if you were one of the few that stayed up to watch the whole game you saw an offensive explosion by both teams. They combined for 19 runs and 29 hits. Here are the 3 stars of the game:
Star 3: Dustin Pedroia...
It’s safe to say the Boston bats just took a 2.5-game hiatus and have been safely returned to the Red Sox clubhouse.
After back-to-back 11-run games, the Boston Red Sox (56-37) go for their third win in a row against the Seattle Mariners (40-51). David Ortiz became the all-time hits leader for a designated-hitter when he roped a double in his...
The Boston Red Sox will start their final series before the all-star break Friday night against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. The Red Sox will send quite possibly the American League Comeback Player of the Year on the mound to start the series. John Lackey got off to a slow start in his return from elbow surgery, which sidelined him for the entire 2012 season. The pitcher...
By Shawn Ramsey
1 Red Sox 54-37 2
Heading into the All-Star break, the Red Sox are the team to beat in the American League, with their typical stars in Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz leading the team offensively and several offseason moves paying dividends.
2 Pirates 53-35 -1
It was an underwhelming week for the Pirates, as they fall into a tie with the Cardinals...