David Ortiz hit the 452nd and 453rd home runs of his career to move past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time list as the Red Sox won their fifth straight game on Monday, with a huge 14-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
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. Ortiz is seventh for homers this season, with Chigago’s Jose Abreu first on 29.
It was the third multi-homer game of the season for Ortiz.
Mike Napoli followed Ortiz’s second shot with his 12th homer, the fourth time this season Boston has gone back-to-back.
YANKEES 2, RANGERS 4
In New York, Miles Mikolas earned his first win as a starter, pitching into the eighth inning and leading the Texas Rangers to 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 games this month.
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.