Ortiz Reaches Milestone, Powers Red Sox
Boston — David Ortiz hit a pair of two-run homers, including his 400th in a Red Sox uniform, and drove in a career high-tying six runs to power Boston past the Houston Astros 10-7 Saturday night.
Big Papi joined Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski as the only players to hit 400 homers while playing with the Red Sox. Ortiz did it with his shot into the first row of the center-field seats in the third inning.
Ortiz hooked his other around the Pesky Pole in right in the fifth. He has 459 home runs in his career, which started with Minnesota.
Ortiz added a two-run double in the eighth. He left to a standing ovation for a pinch-runner, tipping his helmet as the crowd gave him a curtain call.
Williams hit 521 homers and Yaz had 452. Both spent their entire careers with the Red Sox.
Chris Carter hit a solo homer and added a sacrifice fly for the Astros, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.
A day earlier, Houston collected the franchise’s first-ever win in Fenway Park after going 0-8.
The Red Sox trailed 6-3 before scoring four in the sixth. Ortiz’s second homer off starter Brad Peacock sliced it to 6-5 and Daniel Nava’s sacrifice fly tied it.
Jackie Bradley Jr. had a sacrifice fly off Josh Fields (2-6) to push Boston ahead.
Alex Wilson (1-0) earned the victory with 2 1⁄ 3 hitless innings. Koji Uehara gave up a solo homer to Jason Castro and worked the ninth in a non-save situation.
The Astros built a 5-1 lead against Rubby De La Rosa by scoring two in the first, one in the second and two in the third.
Leading 3-1, Gregorio Petit had a two-run double.
After Ortiz’s first homer cut Houston’s lead to 5-3, Carter homered over the Green Monster in the fourth.
Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia was back in the lineup after leaving Friday’s game after fouling a ball off his right foot. OF-1B Allen Craig, on the DL with a sprained left foot, is expected to start a rehab assignment, beginning Monday with Triple-A Pawtucket. He did some running during BP with a member of the team’s medical staff watching. C David Ross (plantar fasciitis) is expected to be activated early next week.
RHP Collin McHugh (5-9, 3.08 ERA) is scheduled for Houston today. RHP Joe Kelly (0-0, 2.08) is slated to make his Fenway debut with the Red Sox. He was acquired at the non-waiver trade deadline from St. Louis along with Craig for RHP John Lackey.
The Red Sox had a moment to honor Maj. Gen. Harold “Harry” J. Greene, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month. He was born in Boston and a big Red Sox rooter. His family wore Red Sox jerseys and stood on top of their dugout when his picture was shown in the center-field scoreboard after the fifth inning. They received a standing ovation.
Greene, the highest-ranking U.S. military officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War, was buried with full honors Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery.