Red Sox DH David Ortiz didn’t need to, but he homered twice in Sunday’s 5-0 win against the Yankees, resulting in a four-game series split in the Bronx. Ortiz drove a Luis Severino fastball to right-center in the fourth inning for a solo shot, boosting his team’s lead to 3-0. He victimized Severino again in the seventh, drilling a fastball to right field for another solo shot, moving the score to 4-0.
Ortiz, 40, now has 512 career home runs, moving him into a tie with Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 22nd on baseball’s all-time home run list. Ortiz’s next goal is 521, which will move him into a four-way tie with Ted Williams, Willie McCovey, and Frank Thomas.
On the season, Ortiz is hitting a cool .308/.393/.673 with nine home runs and 27 RBI. If he keeps hitting close to this well over the remainder of the season, he may have to rethink retirement.