David Ortiz hits 2 homers, Red Sox rout Blue Jays14-1
July 23, 2014, 12:15 am TWN
TORONTO -- David Ortiz hit the 452nd and 453rd home runs of his career, moving past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time list as the Red Sox won their fifth straight game Monday night, routing the Toronto Blue Jays 14-1.
Ortiz matched Yastrzemski with a two-run blast to center off left-hander Brad Mills in the fourth, then broke the short-lived tie with another two-run shot off Mills in the fifth, his 21st and 22nd homers of the season.
It was the third multihomer game of the season for Ortiz and the 44th of his career.
Ortiz's first homer ended his 0-for-18 skid against Toronto and an 0-for-11 slump overall.
Mike Napoli followed Ortiz's second shot with his 12th homer, the fourth time this season Boston has gone back-to-back.
John Lackey (11-6) allowed one run and two hits in seven innings to win his second straight start.
Rangers 4, Yankees 2 Miles Mikolas earned his first win as a starter, pitching into the eighth inning and leading the Rangers to a victory over the sloppy Yankees.
Trailing by a run with none on and two outs in the sixth, Texas got run-scoring singles from Geovany Soto, Rougned Odor and Choo Shin-soo to go ahead in only its third win in 17 July games.
Adrian Beltre drove in the Rangers' first run with a fielder's choice in the third inning on one of New York's five errors — three by starting pitcher Shane Greene (2-1).
Second baseman Brian Roberts and shortstop Derek Jeter made the other errors for the Yankees, who had not committed five in a nine-inning game since Aug. 20, 1998, against Minnesota.
Twins 4, Indians 3 Josh Willingham's tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning sent the Twins to a victory over the Indians.
Kurt Suzuki had a two-run double among his three hits, Trevor Plouffe hit an RBI double and the Twins beat the Indians at home for the first time in more than 11 months.
Suzuki, a first-time All-Star selection who was the catcher for the ninth inning of the American League's victory here at Target Field last week, posted his ninth three-hit game this season. He raised his batting average to .311 and is 25 for 63 in his last 17 games.
In another All-Star game reprise, Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 26 chances.
White Sox 3, Royals 1 Chris Sale pitched seven effective innings in his first outing since the All-Star break and Adam Dunn had two RBIs and scored a run to lead the White Sox to a victory over the slumping Royals.
Sale (9-1) wasn't at his best, allowing seven hits and a walk in seven innings, but he worked out of jams in the fourth and sixth innings. He struck out eight and now has allowed three runs or less in 14 of his 15 starts this season. Jake Petricka pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
Dunn went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks as the White Sox for the fourth time in six games.