The Boston Red Sox were powered to an impressive 10-4 road win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night by David Ortiz, who hit two homers to join the 500-home run club.
Ortiz’s home runs led an offensive explosion for the Red Sox, who also got another solid outing from starting pitcher Rick Porcello.
Here’s a recap of Saturday’s game.
GAME IN A WORD
The Red Sox scored 10 runs and collected 13 hits, including four home runs and five extra-base hits. Nine of the 12 Red Sox players with a plate appearance had at least one hit.
IT WAS OVER WHEN…
Ortiz’ 500th home run in the fifth inning gave Boston a commanding 8-0 lead, which was more than enough run support for Porcello.
ON THE BUMP
— Porcello pitched two scoreless innings and then tossed a perfect third inning on just eight pitches. He had retired six in a row entering the fourth inning before running into a little trouble by giving up a double and a walk. Porcello prevented any further damage by recording the final two outs.
He gave up a two-run homer to John Jaso in the fifth inning and another earned run in the seventh, but he pitched very well overall. His final line: three earned runs, five hits, eight strikeouts and five walks on 118 pitches over seven innings.
— Heath Hembree pitched the eighth inning and gave up a solo homer to Luke Maile.
— Matt Barnes pitched a perfect ninth frame to secure the win. He had one strikeout.
IN THE BATTER’S BOX
— Mookie Betts led off the game with a single to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. He homered in the third inning and finished 2 for 4 with three runs and an RBI.
— Dustin Pedroia hit his 10th homer of the season in the third inning. It marks the first time he’s hit double-digit homers since 2012. He also hit a two-run double in the fourth inning off Rays starter Matt Moore. He went 2 for 4 with a run and three RBIs.
— Xander Bogaerts singled in the first inning and later scored on Ortiz’s home run. He was 1 for 4.
— Ortiz hit two homers, the 499th of his career in the first inning (a three-run blast) and a solo homer in the fifth frame for No. 500. He’s the 27th player to reach the 500-home run milestone. He finished 3 for 4 with two runs and four RBIs.
— Travis Shaw went 1 for 4 with a run, a walk and two RBIs.
— Pablo Sandoval was the only Red Sox starter without a hit. He was 0 for 5.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Ortiz is in impressive company. [tweet https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/642847801089634304 align=”center”]
The Red Sox and Rays conclude their three-game series Sunday afternoon. Rich Hill (Boston) and Drew Smyly (Tampa Bay) are the probable starting pitchers.
Thumbnail photo via Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports Images
Thumbnail photo via Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) in the on deck circle during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
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