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 Boston has gone back-to-back.
Stephen Drew added a three-run homer as the Red Sox 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 Boston starter without a hit as the Red Sox 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.
“It was a fun night,” Lackey said. “It’s kind of fun to have these every now and then.”
The Red Sox took the lead with two runs in the second and added four in the third, chasing Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison. Boston blew it open with two more in the fourth and six in the fifth against Mills.
“The best thing about it is it’s over with,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Hutchison (6-9) matched a career-high with six earned runs, the second straight outing he allowed that many, and gave up a career-high nine hits in 2 2-3 innings, his shortest non-injury start. Hutchison, who lost for the first time in three outings against Boston, fell to 2-5 with a 7.71 ERA in eight home starts.
“He had tough time getting anything going with his breaking ball, spiked a lot of them,” Gibbons said.
Boston’s Brock Holt made the defensive play of the game, leaping into the right field wall to retire Dan Johnson for the first out of the fifth.
“This is a guy who’s been an infielder his entire life and what he’s done in the outfield has been pretty remarkable,” Farrell said of Holt, who came up from his highlight play with a huge smile.
“That was a pretty fun catch for me,” Holt said.
NOTES: Ted Williams holds the Red Sox record with 521 home runs, followed by Yastrzemski (452) and then Ortiz (395). … Red Sox OF Shane Victorino did not start. Victorino returned Saturday after being out since May 23 with an injured right hamstring. This was the first of seven straight games on turf for the Red Sox, who visit Tampa next. … Toronto designated RHP Sergio Santos for assignment and recalled LHP Rob Rasmussen from Triple-A Buffalo. … Boston 1B/C Ryan Lavarnway went 0 for 4 in the first game of his rehab assignment at Double-A Portland. Lavarnway has been out since May 30 with a fractured left hand. … Toronto’s three hits matched a season-low. … Cleveland Cavaliers F Tristan Thompson, who was born in suburban Toronto, threw out the first pitch. … Boston RHP Jake Peavy (1-8) faces Toronto LHP J.A. Happ (7-5) on Tuesday.