At Safeco Field, just off of Edgar Martinez Drive, Boston’s David Ortiz launched a second-inning double Wednesday that gave him the most hits as a designated hitter in major league history.
It was Ortiz’s 1,689th hit as a DH, moving him past Harold Baines, whom he had caught the night before. Martinez, who played for Seattle from 1987-2004, is third on the list with 1,607.
After that double, Ortiz came around to score the game’s first run, added a two-run home run in the third and brought home another run in the sixth, leading the Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the Seattle Mariners.
“He’s still a force,” Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. “I’ve seen too much of him over the years. He’s just about as professional a hitter as you can be — still has the bat speed, still has the power, commands the strike zone probably as good as anybody in the game. … You’ve got guys behind him, too. They’ve got one of the best offenses in baseball. You put somebody on and they’ve got somebody else coming up.”
It was the Red Sox’s second double-digit scoring outburst in as many days, and their 11th of the season, matching the St. Louis Cardinals for the most in the majors.
Seattle starter Aaron Harang (4-8) gave up a single to the leadoff batter, Jacoby Ellsbury, who extended his hitting streak to 18 games. It was a sign of things to come.
Harang left in the sixth inning, having allowed seven earned runs, eight hits, three walks and one hit batter.
“Aaron struggled,” Wedge said. “He battled, and he tried to get through it, but he couldn’t take it any further than that. And then it actually got worse from there.
“It wasn’t a very good ballgame at all. I mean, we didn’t play very well. They’ve been knocking the ball around the ballpark the last couple of days.”
Other changes came in the seventh, when Nick Franklin and Raul Ibañez were taken out, Brendan Ryan went to short, Brad Miller moved to second, and Dustin Ackley made his debut in left field.
“(Franklin’s) knee acted up on him again, so we’ll see how he feels (Thursday),” Wedge said. “And Raul, I was getting him out of there to give him a couple of innings off, especially with the day game (Thursday). And it was a good chance to get Ackley in left field. He got one ball out there and looked fine. We hadn’t had him out there, so it was a good chance to get him out there for a couple of innings.”
The Mariners got their first run in the seventh, which started with a Jason Bay double. He came home from third on a two-out single by Henry Blanco, drawing mock cheers from some of those remaining from what had been an announced crowd of 20,480.
The win went to Boston starter Felix Doubront (6-3), who allowed one run and five hits over seven innings.
The Mariners’ offense stirred after that. It couldn’t change the result, but it did manage to dust up the major league debut of Brandon Workman.
Ryan, the first batter he faced, greeted him with a home run. Three doubles and a couple more runs followed before Workman got his first big league inning behind him.
“(Doubront) threw a good ballgame against us,” Wedge said. “I thought he kept us off balance, pitched very well.
“We made a little run there late — nice to see us swing the bats a little bit.”
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