David Ortiz Reaches Career Milestone of 500 Home Runs, Red Sox Beat Rays
By MARK DIDTLER
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – David Ortiz homered twice to become the 27th player in major league history to reach 500 homers, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-4 on Saturday night.
With an overflow crowd in the right-field stands on their feet and chanting “Let’s go Papi!,” Ortiz reached the milestone when he lined a shot to right-center on a 2-2 pitch from Matt Moore leading off the fifth. He connected for No. 499 in the first.
Big Papi has 50 multihomer games in a 19-year career.
Ortiz pumped his right arm as he ran toward first base. His teammates emptied the dugout and bullpen to celebrate the big hit with him.
The Rays said the fan that got the ball wished to remain anonymous and hasn’t decided what to do with the memento.