BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz hit his 496th career home run, reaching 30 in a season for a team-record ninth time as the Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-2 Saturday.
The 39-year-old Ortiz surpassed Hall of Famer Ted Williams’ eight 30-homer seasons with the Red Sox. Big Papi set the mark with a drive that hooked around the Pesky Pole, capping an eight-run fourth inning.
Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run double during Boston’s big burst, scoring himself on the play after an error.
Wade Miley (11-10) allowed five hits in posting his first career complete game. He retired the first 12 batters in his 130th career start.
Jackie Bradley Jr. added a two-run double in Boston’s big fourth. Bogaerts finished with four RBIs.
The Red Sox beat the Phillies for the second straight day, capturing the three-game series. They’re 11-1-2 in their last 14 series against Philadelphia.
Carlos Ruiz had a two-run single for the Phillies, who lost for the ninth time in 12 games.
Alec Asher (0-2) was tagged for seven runs on eight hits in 3 2-3 innings in his second major league start.
Blake Swihart’s RBI single pushed Boston ahead 1-0 in the fourth, and then Bradley and Bogaerts hit their doubles. Bogaerts’ hit turned into a Little League home run, as he advanced to third on a throw home and then scored when the ball bounced away, diving in and shifting hands to touch the plate before catcher Ruiz’s tag. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez was charged with an error.
Ortiz homered off reliever Jerome Williams, prompting three white numbers with red trim — attached to the stanchion on a light tower above the Green Monster — to be updated in his countdown for 500.
Phillies: Manager Pete Mackanin said 3B Maikel Franco (fractured left wrist) is likely to be shut down for the rest of the season.
Red Sox: Boston placed Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day DL with a sore right shoulder. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Ramirez will go through strengthening exercises and thinks he’ll play again this season. . 3B Pablo Sandoval missed his second straight game with back tightness.
Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (1-2) is slated to pitch the series finale Sunday. It’ll be his fourth big league start.
Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (8-5) hopes to pick up his third win in four starts.