TORONTO – One day after promising he was “about to get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August,” David Ortiz hit two towering home runs.
They were the 452nd and 453rd of his career, moving Ortiz past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time list, and the Red Sox won their fifth straight game Monday night, routing the Toronto Blue Jays 14-1.
“He’s always hit well in this ballpark and tonight was another example,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Ortiz, whose 35 career homers at Rogers Centre are second only to Alex Rodriguez’s 36.
Ortiz matched Yastrzemski with a two-run blast to center off left-hander Brad Mills in the fourth, then broke the short-lived tie with another two-run shot off Mills in the fifth, his 21st and 22nd homers of the season.
The slugger had little to say about his milestone homers, pushing past reporters by saying “Put it down like this: I’m on my way to Jamaica.”
It was the third multihomer game of the season for Ortiz and the 44th of his career.
Ortiz’s first homer ended his 0-for-18 skid against Toronto and an 0-for-11 slump overall. He went 1-for-13 in Boston’s weekend sweep of Kansas City.
“He’s a Hall of Famer in my eyes,” said Mike Napoli, who followed Ortiz’s second shot with his 12th homer, the fourth time this season the Red Sox have gone back-to-back.
Stephen Drew added a three-run homer as Boston connected a season-high four times and won for the eighth time in nine games.
“We’re getting a good offensive approach over the last 10 games or so,” Farrell said.
Dustin Pedroia was the only Red Sox starter without a hit as Boston set season highs in runs and hits (18). Pedroia went 0- for-4 before being replaced and is hitless in 13 at-bats.
John Lackey (11-6) allowed one run and two hits in seven innings to win his second straight start. Felix Doubront worked the eighth and Craig Breslow finished.
Toronto’s Munenori Kawasaki was hitless in four at-bats.
Rangers 4, Yankees 2
In New York, Miles Mikolas earned his first win as a starter, pitching into the eighth inning and leading Texas to a victory over the sloppy Yankees.
New York’s Ichiro Suzuki was 0-for-3.
Twins 4, Indians 3
In Minneapolis, Josh Willingham’s tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning sent the Twins to a victory over Cleveland.
Kurt Suzuki had a two-run double among his three hits, Trevor Plouffe hit an RBI double and Minnesota beat the Indians at home for the first time in more than 11 months.
White Sox 3, Royals 1
In Chicago, Chris Sale pitched seven effective innings in his first outing since the All-Star break and Adam Dunn had two RBIs and scored a run to lead the White Sox to a victory over the slumping Kansas City.
Orioles 4, Angels 2
In Anaheim, Adam Jones hit a pair of two-run homers, including a tiebreaking shot in the sixth inning, and Baltimore downed Los Angeles.
Mariners 5, Mets 2
In Seattle, Kyle Seager drove in two runs, Mike Zunino homered into the second deck at Safeco Field and Dustin Ackley stole a home run with a leaping catch at the wall in the Mariners’ victory over New York.
Tigers 4, Diamondbacks 3
In Phoenix, Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson homered, Justin Verlander moved into third place on Detroit’s career strikeout list and the Tigers handed Arizona a loss in the series opener.
Verlander (9-8) allowed three runs and six hits in 6⅔ innings to win for the third time in his last four starts. He struck out five to pass Hal Newhouser on the Tigers’ all-time strikeout list (1,772).