Ortiz Blasts Off Again
Minneapolis — David Ortiz homered twice for the second straight game and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 9-4 on Wednesday night.
Big Papi went 3 for 5 with two RBIs, one night after a four-hit performance against his former team. Both of his homeruns — off Kevin Correia (1-5) in the third and Caleb Theilbar in the fifth — traveled more than 400 feet into the right-field upper deck at Target Field, where he’s batting .528 (28 of 53) in 13 career games.
It was more than enough for Felix Doubront (2-3), who allowed a run on seven hits in 61⁄3 innings and retired nine straight at one point. Doubront hadn’t won since April 3 at Baltimore, his first start of the season.
Ortiz, who also doubled in the first inning, moved into sole possession of third place on Boston’s all-time homers list (384) and recorded his 43rd career multi-homer game, 41 of which have come with the Red Sox.
Even the Minnesota fans — many of whom likely remember some of the 58 homers he hit with the Twins from 1997-2002 — appreciated Ortiz’s display of power, politely standing and clapping as he rounded the bases after his second homer put Boston up 6-1 in the fifth.
Trevor Plouffe hit his second homer of the year for Minnesota, a two-run shot in the ninth.
Notes: Ortiz’s 442 homers moved him into a tie with Dave Kingman for 39th place on baseball’s all-time home run list. ... The teams will play the rubber game of their series today when Clay Buchholz (2-3) — who is 3-1 in seven career starts against Minnesota — takes the mound for Boston. The Twins’ Phil Hughes (4-1) will try for his fifth straight win
Tigers 7, Orioles 5
Baltimore — Rajai Davis homered, and Detroit overcame a rare shaky performance by Justin Verlander to complete a three-game sweep of Baltimore.
The Tigers have won 12 of their last 15 games, including eight in a row on the road.
White Sox 4, Athletics 2
Oakland, Calif. — Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to help Chicago snap a four-game losing streak.
Rays 2, Mariners 0
Seattle — Jake Odorizzi pitched one-hit ball for six innings, but Tampa Bay lost All-Star Ben Zobrist in a win over Seattle.
Zobrist dislocated his left thumb on a headfirst slide while trying to steal second base in the fifth.
Indians 15, Blue Jays 4
Toronto — David Murphy had five hits and five RBIs and Lonnie Chisenhall had five hits and an RBI and Cleveland beat Toronto.
Nationals 5, D-backs 1
Phoenix — Ian Desmond and Tyler Moore each lined two-run singles in the ninth inning to break open a close game, helping Washington beat Arizona.
Giants 10, Braves 4
San Francisco — Hunter Pence, Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford homered to power San Francisco past Atlanta.
Pirates 4, Brewers 1
Milwaukee — Backup catcher Chris Stewart’s single keyed a three-run burst in the ninth inning against Francisco Rodriguez and sent Pittsburgh past Milwaukee, ending the Brewers’ three-game winning streak.
Yankees 4, Mets 0
New York — Masahiro Tanaka pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout and the Yankees got home runs from Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira in a victory over the Mets.
Tanaka (6-0) had plenty to do with that, overwhelming the Mets with his vast assortment of pitches while spoiling Rafael Montero’s big league debut. Montero (0-1), the latest to arrive in a line of touted Mets pitching prospects, threw six competitive innings but was no match for Tanaka.
Royals 3, Rockies 2
Kansas City, Mo. — Much-maligned Mike Moustakas hit a three-run double in the second inning, and Jason Vargas and the Kansas City bullpen made the meager offense work in a victory over Colorado for a two-game sweep.
Angels 3, Phillies 0
Philadelphia — Garrett Richards tossed a five-hitter over seven sharp innings and Los Angeles beat Philadelphia to sweep a two-game interleague series.
Mike Trout went 1 for 4 with a triple, walk and stolen base. The two-time All-Star finished his first homecoming series 2 for 9. Trout grew up in nearby Millville, N.J. More than 4,000 people from the small town came to see him Tuesday night and there were plenty of fans wearing No. 27 Angels jerseys in the stands again.
Rangers Put Pitchers on DL
Houston — The Texas Rangers put left-handers Matt Harrison and Martin Perez on the disabled list Wednesday, and could be without both starters for an extended period.
General manager Jon Daniels said that Harrison was diagnosed with significant nerve irritation in his vertebrae. He will have an injection Friday in an attempt to alleviate the symptoms before considering other options, including surgery.
Harrison, who made only two starts last season before two operations on a herniated disk in his lower back, came out in the second inning of his start Tuesday night at Houston. Daniels said the pitcher had a tingling sensation down his left leg, similar to what he experienced before having surgery last year.
Perez has a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He could have an injection and rehab that could keep him out three months, or possibly have Tommy John surgery and miss a year.