Ortiz sets milestones as Boston beat Angels
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 02, 2016 07:32 PM
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz celebrates his solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Boston, Friday, July 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
The Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz celebrated two milestones on one hit as the Boston Red Sox survived two very close calls on Friday night.
Ortiz's solo homer in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels was his 2,000th hit with Boston and 522nd career home run. It moved him into sole possession of 19th place on baseball's all-time list, breaking a tie he held with a trio of Hall of Famers including Red Sox great Ted Williams.
"The man did it all," Ortiz said of Williams after Boston's 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
Ortiz and Mookie Betts had three hits apiece for the Red Sox, who held on after taking a 5-0 lead and handed the Angels their fourth straight loss and 10th in 11 games. Brock Holt had two doubles in his return to the lineup after missing more than a month with a concussion.
C.J. Cron hit a grand slam for the Angels, who lost yet another game and a crucial ninth-inning challenge.
Los Angeles nearly scored the tying run in the ninth but Mike Trout had to stop at third on Daniel Nava's ground-rule double down the right-field line that bounced over the short wall. The Angels challenged, saying a fan touched the ball while it was still in play, but after a brief video review the call on the field stood.
In Seattle, Kyle Seager and South Korea's Dae-Ho Lee hit two-run homers to give the Mariners a comeback 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Mariners starter Wade LeBlanc (1-0) picked up his first victory since Sept. 23, 2014, when he was with the Angels. LeBlanc, acquired in a trade with Toronto on June 22, played last season in Japan.
Steve Cishek worked the ninth for his 20th save in 24 opportunities. Kevin Gausman (1-6) went six innings and allowed three runs and eight hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.
Detroit's Victor Martinez hit three-run homers from both sides of the plate as Detroit scored a fourth-straight win with a 10-2 defeat of Tampa Bay in St Petersburg.
Backed by the Tigers' hitting, rookie right-hander Michael Fulmer gave up two hits in seven shutout innings. Fulmer (8-2) became the first Detroit pitcher since 1913 to give up one run or fewer in eight straight starts. He is 6-1 with a 0.53 ERA in those eight starts.
In Toronto, Carlos Santana homered in the 19th inning off infielder Darwin Barney as the Cleveland Indians set a franchise record by winning their 14th straight game, beating the Blue Jays 2-1.
Cleveland won 13 straight in 1942 and again in 1951.
It's the longest winning streak since Atlanta won 14 straight in 2013. It's the longest by an AL team since Oakland won 20 in a row in 2002.
The marathon game lasted 6 hours and 13 minutes, featured 19 pitchers and saw 34 left on base.
The 19 innings matched the longest game in Blue Jays history. Toronto played 19 against Detroit in August 2014.
In other games, Miami won 7-5 in 12 innings at Atlanta, the New York Mets beat the visiting Chicago Cubs 10-2, San Francisco won 6-4 at Arizona, Washington needed 14 innings to beat visiting Cincinnati 3-2, Houston beat Chicago White Sox 5-0 at home, Texas won 3-2 at Minnesota and St Louis won 7-1 at home to Milwaukee.
The Los Angeles Dodgers beat visiting Colorado 5-0, Pittsburgh won 7-3 at Oakland, Philadelphia beat Kansas City 4-3 at home, and San Diego won 7-6 at home against the New York Yankees.