Ortiz punishes Yankees, Cubs walk Harper to beat Nationals
ABS-CBN Sports on May 09, 2016 05:19 PM
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz watches his fourth-inning solo home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — David Ortiz homered twice, passing Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for second place on Boston's career list, as the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-1 on Sunday night to avoid a three-game sweep against their bitter rivals.
Swinging a pink bat and wearing pink wrist bands for Mother's Day, Ortiz hit two long solo shots off Luis Severino. In his farewell season, the 40-year-old Ortiz has already been a major New York nemesis again: He has five home runs against the Yankees since April 29, giving him 52 in his career — all but one with the Red Sox.
"I do what I do," Ortiz said.
Dustin Pedroia lofted an early two-run homer and Xander Bogaerts also went deep for the Red Sox in the eighth inning after Ortiz took out some frustrations from the series opener, when he went wild and got ejected after he was called out on strikes with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of a one-run game, connecting in the fourth and seventh.
Big Papi has hit 454 of his 512 career homers with the Red Sox, moving him ahead of Yastrzemski (452) and leaving Ortiz behind only Ted Williams (521) on the franchise list.
"You're starting to get into names that are historic. A great career. And no signs of slowing down," Boston manager John Farrell said.
"He's in such a good groove. So many balls are squared up, hit hard. He's having fun."
Javier Baez homered in the 13th inning as the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 to complete a four-game sweep after walking Bryce Harper a record-tying six times.
"They had a plan and unfortunately it worked," Harper said.
The Cubs won their seventh in a row and improved the best record in the majors to 24-6.
Harper matched the major league record for walks in a game, last done by Jeff Bagwell in 1999, and walked 13 times in the series. The reigning National League Most Valuable Player was hit by a pitch the other time he came to the plate.
"I know that he's not as hot as he can be coming into this series but you don't want to get him hot," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "I've been part of that in the past. We did what we thought we had to do today and it happened to work. So good for our guys."
Howie Kendrick hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays while Bobby Wilson broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning with a grand slam against the team that just traded him, helping the Texas Rangers defeat the Detroit Tigers 8-3.
"That's my first big league grand slam," Wilson said. "And to do it in that kind of situation — you know, the team that just traded you away a few days ago — like I said, it felt really, really good."
Manny Machado hit two homers, including a grand slam, as the Orioles trounced the Athletics 11-3 while Josh Tomlin became the first Cleveland pitcher to win his first five outings since Justin Masterson in 2011 when he helped the Indians to a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals.
Chris Herrmann's second homer of the game in the 11th gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a 5-3 win over the Atlanta while Philadelphia beat Miami 6-5 and the Chicago White Sox defeated the Twins 3-1.
The New York Mets moved into sole possession of first place in the NL East for the first time this season with a 4-3 win over the Padres while Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer as Pittsburgh defeated St. Louis 10-5.
Milwaukee overcame a 4-1 deficit to beat Cincinnati 5-4 whileBrad Miller's two-run homer gave Tampa Bay a 3-1 win over the Angels and Colorado beat San Francisco 2-0.