In what was an offense-packed afternoon at the Rogers Centre against the Blue Jays, Red Sox DH David Ortiz smoked a three-run home run off of reliever Joaquin Benoit in the top of the sixth inning to give the Red Sox a 10-8 lead.
The blast marks the 535th career home run for Ortiz, snapping a tie with Jimmie Foxx to give him sole possession of 18th place on baseball’s all-time home run list. He’s two homers shy of tying Mickey Mantle for 17th. Ortiz would need to go on a tear to reach Mike Schmidt in 16th place at 548.
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In his final season, the 40-year-old Ortiz is having a spectacular season, batting .315/.403/.622 with 32 home runs and 110 RBI. No player 40 years old or older has taken enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title and put up an adjusted OPS (also known as OPS+) of 160 or better. Ortiz entered Sunday at 161. Willie Mays was the only one with an OPS+ of 150 or better, putting up a 158 mark in 1971 at the age of 40.