David Ortiz homered for his 2,000th hit with Boston to help the Red Sox beat the struggling Los Angeles Angels 5-4 Friday night.
Ortiz’s solo shot in the fifth was his 522nd career home run, moving into sole possession of 19th place on baseball’s all-time list and breaking a tie he held with a trio of Hall of Famers including Red Sox great Ted Williams.
Mookie Betts and Ortiz had three hits apiece for Boston.
C.J. Cron hit a grand slam for the Angels, who lost their fourth straight and 10th in 11.
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.
Craig Kimbrel finished up for his 17th save. Knuckleballer Steven Wright (9-5) got the win.
Jhoulys Chacin (2-5) allowed five runs on 12 hits in just 4 2/3 innings.
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