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Ortiz ties DH homer mark as BoSox stomp Orioles

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BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia was yapping so much after his first regular-season two-homer game that he might have forgotten he's still way behind David Ortiz.

Pedroia had two of Boston's season-high six home runs on Tuesday night, and Ortiz hit his record-tying 269th homer as a designated hitter to lead the Red Sox to a 10-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

"He's got 35 more two-home run games to catch me," said Ortiz, who actually has 34 in his career.

But that didn't stop Pedroia, the 2008 AL MVP who homered twice against Tampa Bay in the playoffs last year, from talking in the dugout.

"There's no room to say anything," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "He does all the talking. You just sit there and laugh."

Clay Buchholz (5-3) pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, retiring the first 10 Orioles in order. By the time Felix Pie walked with one out in the fourth, Buchholz had been staked to an 8-0 lead with five homers on Boston's first five hits.

"He probably looked like a combination of Don Drysdale, Warren Spahn and Sandy Koufax when he got an 8-0 lead," said Orioles manager Dave Trembley, whose team clinched a 12th consecutive losing season. "He kept pitching."

But that was an improvement over the last time he faced the Orioles.

On Aug. 2, Buchholz had a seven-run lead before giving up six runs in the third inning. He also gave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in Boston's 12-8 victory over the White Sox on Aug. 23.

"I try to keep that out of my mind as much as possible," he said. "The last start I had against these guys, we scored a few runs in the first and second and then I went out there and let the game blow up and let them back in the game. I try to stay as if the game was still tied. ... I think that kept my pitches a little bit more crisp."

Ortiz homered in the seventh inning to tie Frank Thomas for the most all time by a DH. Kevin Youkilis, J.D. Drew and Alex Gonzalez also homered for the Red Sox, whose first five hits were homers as they improved to 12-2 against Baltimore this year. Buchholz struck out five and walked one to improve to 4-0 over his last five starts. Michael Bowden got the last six outs to finish off the combined five-hitter.

David Hernandez (4-7) lasted 2 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on four homers while walking two and striking out three. He is 0-3 in his last five starts.

"All four of those homers were supposed to be fastballs away, but they were in the middle," he said. "Right now I'm a thrower out there. I'm not a pitcher. The worst part is when you make mistakes they're all going to get hit hard."

Jacoby Ellsbury drew a leadoff walk, then Pedroia made it 2-0 with a homer off the top of a billboard above the Green Monster. Gonzalez made it 3-0 in the second when he hit his over the same sign. Pedroia led off the third with another homer, this one into the Monster Seats.

After Ortiz walked to chase Hernandez, callup Chris Lambert walked Jason Bay and gave up a three-run shot to Drew.

Ortiz's homer in the seventh made it 10-0.

Notes

  • Drew reached 20 homers for the fourth time in his career, the first since he was with the Dodgers in 2006.
  • Ortiz, who homered off right-hander Bob McCrory, has 312 total.
  • Baltimore is 4-21 on the road against the AL East.
  • The Orioles placed OF Adam Jones on the 15-day DL with a sprained left ankle, retroactive to Sept. 2. Baltimore recalled McCrory, Lambert and LHP Chris Waters from Triple-A Norfolk, and selected the contracts of INF Justin Turner and C Guillermo Rodriguez.
  • The Red Sox activated SS Jed Lowrie from the 15-day DL and recalled C Dusty Brown from Triple-A Pawtucket. Boston signed SS Jose Iglesias to a four-year contract, beginning in 2010.
 
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Boom, there it goes. David Ortiz's homer ties him with Frank Thomas for the most by a DH (269). (Getty Images)
Boom, there it goes. David Ortiz's homer ties him with Frank Thomas for the most by a DH (269). (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Pedroia
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Boston

C. Buchholz
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
 

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B3000000 .283
    Robert Andino, 2B1010000 .226
Felix Pie, CF3000101 .268
Nolan Reimold, LF4000001 .274
Nick Markakis, RF2010000 .302
   a- Jeff Fiorentino, PH-RF2010000 .500
Melvin Mora, 3B2000012 .264
   b- Justin Turner, PH-3B2000011 .000
Matt Wieters, C3020000 .268
    Guillermo Rodriguez, C1000011 .000
Luke Scott, DH3000012 .254
Ty Wigginton, 1B3000021 .266
Cesar Izturis, SS3000001 .251
Totals3205016  
a-grounded out for Markakis in the 7th
b-struck out for Mora in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Wieters (11, Buchholz)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - B. Roberts-Izturis-Wigginton, Andino-Izturis-Wigginton
Baltimore Orioles
David Hernandez (L,4-7) 2.2466234 5.05
Chris Lambert 1.1122111 14.63
Brian Bass 0.1200110 4.87
Alberto Castillo 1211000 3.38
Chris Ray 0.2000100 6.64
Bob McCrory 1211001 9.00
Dennis Sarfate 1000020 7.53
Pitches-Strikes - David Hernandez 83-45, Chris Lambert 23-12, Brian Bass 20-12, Alberto Castillo 15-9, Chris Ray 14-7, Bob McCrory 16-10, Dennis Sarfate 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Hernandez 3-2, Chris Lambert 2-1, Alberto Castillo 2-0, Chris Ray 2-0, Bob McCrory 2-0
Batters Faced - David Hernandez 14, Chris Lambert 6, Brian Bass 4, Alberto Castillo 4, Chris Ray 3, Bob McCrory 4, Dennis Sarfate 3
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3110100 .300
    Joey Gathright, PR-CF^LF1000010 .235
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3223100 .294
    Chris Woodward, PR-2B1000010 .216
Victor Martinez, C4011000 .294
    Dusty Brown, C0000000 .000
Kevin Youkilis, 3B3111102 .311
    Nick Green, 3B0000000 .237
David Ortiz, DH3221110 .225
Jason Bay, LF2100123 .260
   a- Josh Reddick, PH-RF1010000 .206
J.D. Drew, RF3113011 .267
   b- Brian Anderson, PH-CF1000001 .233
Casey Kotchman, 1B4000000 .269
Alex Gonzalez, SS4221010 .230
    Jed Lowrie, SS0000000 .143
Totals3310111057  
a-singled for Bay in the 7th
b-grounded into a double play for Drew in the 7th
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (29, Bass), Alex Gonzalez (18, Castillo)
HR - Dustin Pedroia 2 (12, Hernandez, Hernandez), Kevin Youkilis (24, Hernandez), David Ortiz (23, McCrory), J.D. Drew (20, Lambert), Alex Gonzalez (7, Hernandez)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia 3 (60), Victor Martinez (92), Kevin Youkilis (83), David Ortiz (80), J.D. Drew 3 (59), Alex Gonzalez (34)
2-OUT RBI - J.D. Drew 3 (26), Alex Gonzalez (13)
Team LOB - 4
Boston Red Sox
Clay Buchholz (W,5-3) 7300150 3.92
Michael Bowden 2200010 10.50
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 106-68, Michael Bowden 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 10-6, Michael Bowden 3-2
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 25, Michael Bowden 8
Game Information
Attendance - 37647
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Laz Diaz