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Around the Bases: David Ortiz reaches milestone in rout

Big Papi made it to 2,000 career hits, and his Red Sox almost scored that many runs against the Tigers on a night that also saw the Reds and Cardinals duke it out for 16 innings -- and the Pirates and Brewers almost duke it out for real.

Jared Wickerham

Red Sox 20, Tigers 4: David Ortiz homered twice and secured career hit No. 2,000 on a run-scoring double in the sixth inning, initiating a long standing ovation from the Boston faithful.



The Tigers allowed eight home runs to Red Sox hitters, setting a new record for the most dingers ever given up by Detroit pitchers in a single game. The outburst also put the Sox in the record books:

Will Middlebrooks had three hits including a grand slam while Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Nava, Ryan Lavarnway and Mike Napoli also went deep. Prince Fielder hit a two-run shot off of Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster, who struck out seven in six innings en route to the win.

Cardinals 5, Reds 4: Matt Adams hit a pair of home runs to join John Mayberry of the Phillies as the only player in MLB this season to accomplish this:

Adams entered the game as an injury replacement for Allen Craigwho suffered a sprained left foot. He was given the opportunity to hit the go-ahead homer after the Reds botched a squeeze attempt an inning earlier:


Initial backlash was directed at Reds manager Dusty Baker, but Chris Heisey absorbed the blame afterward:

Brandon Phillips homered for Cincinnati in the loss. He also became the first Reds second baseman to reach 100 RBI in a season since Joe Morgan in 1976.

Brewers 9, Pirates 3: Pittsburgh's cushion in the NL Central shrunk to one game after the Bucs were routed in Milwaukee. Andrew McCutchen's perceived admiration of his fifth-inning home run nearly sparked a brawl when Justin Morneau was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat:



Cooler heads would prevail, and the Brewers would come out on top after battering Francisco Liriano for seven runs in three innings. Khris Davis hit his ninth homer of the year, a two-run shot off of Liriano in the second inning.

Though the Pirates lost, they had a notable return:

Athletics 11, Rangers 4: Oakland moved back into a first place tie with Texas in the American League West on the strength of four home runs. Josh Donaldson provided the biggest blast, hitting a three-run shot in the sixth inning to break the game open. Brandon Moss, Daric Barton and Coco Crisp joined the dinger party for the A's.

Jarrod Parker allowed two runs and notched four strikeouts in six innings of work to earn the victory.

Rockies 7, Dodgers 5: Colorado avoided the sweep behind Jorge De La Rosa, who earned his 16th victory of the season, which is tied for tops in the NL. He's just one win short of the Rockies' all-time single-season record after striking out four in six innings of two-run ball.

Edinson Volquez lost in his debut for the Dodgers after surrendering four runs on six hits in four innings. He found himself in the record books for a less positive reason:

Todd Helton hit his 12th home run of the season and Josh Rutledge had three hits and scored three times for the Rockies. Despite three hits from Michael Young, the Dodgers fell to 52-14 in their last 66 games. Four of those losses have come at the hands of Colorado.

Mets 5, Braves 2: Andrew Brown and Lucas Duda homered for the Mets in support of Dillon Gee, who notched five strikeouts in seven innings while surrendering a run on four hits. New York pounded Atlanta starter Kameron Loe for five runs on 11 hits in 4⅓ innings.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman hit his 19th homer in the loss.

Yankees 6, White Sox 5: C.C. Sabathia worked around four walks in 7⅓ innings to post his 13th win of the year. Robinson Cano helped his teammate by going 3-for-4 with a homer. Brett Gardner added two hits for the Yankees, whose sweep of the White Sox helped them keep pace with the second-place Rays.

Rays 3, Angels 1: Wil Myers hit a pair of home runs off of Angels ace Jered Weaver, accounting for all three of Tampa Bay's runs. That helped Jeremy Hellickson, who worked 5⅓ scoreless innings, win his first start since July 26. Hellickson had lost each of his previous five decisions.

The Rays maintained their 2.5-game lead over the Yankees for the final wildcard spot in the AL.

Indians 6, Orioles 4: Cleveland moved a half-game in front of Baltimore in the AL wildcard race thanks to a three-hit performance from catcher Yan Gomes. Gomes drove in a pair of runs, as did Ryan Raburn. Indians veteran Jason Giambi did not have a plate appearance in the game and remains stuck on 1,999 career hits.

Adam Jones and Manny Machado homered off of Tribe starter Zach McAllister, who failed to get out of the fifth inning after blowing a 4-0 lead.

Mariners 6, Royals 4: Kansas City lost ground to Cleveland after Aaron Crow allowed a go-ahead two-run homer to Seattle's Kendrys Morales with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Ervin Santana had a rough outing for the Royals, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks in just 3⅓ innings.

Nationals 3, Phillies 2: Jordan Zimmermann won his 16th game, tying him with Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa for the NL lead. Zimmermann allowed two runs and struck out five in seven innings of work. Ryan Zimmerman homered for the Nats, who were outhit by the Phils, 9-6.

Phillies starter Roy Halladay walked five but allowed just a run on three hits en route to a no-decision.

Diamondbacks 4, Blue Jays 3: Willie Bloomquist singled home Adam Eaton to give Arizona a walk-off victory. Bloomquist led the D-Backs with three hits and A.J. Pollock chipped in two.

Rajai Davis hit a two-run homer off of D-Backs starter Randall Delgado, who was otherwise very effective in seven innings. He struck out six and allowed three runs on four hits.

Giants 13, Padres 5: Pablo Sandoval homered three times for San Francisco, which tallied six in the game, setting a new single-game record for home runs by a visiting team at Petco Park. Sandoval finished with four hits and six RBI.

Brandon Crawford, Hunter Pence and Hector Sanchez also went deep for the Giants, who racked up 17 hits against Eric Stults and four San Diego relievers. Ronny Cedeno and Chase Headley homered for the Padres in the loss.

Cubs 9, Marlins 7: Adeiny Hechevarria's grand slam off of Jeff Samardzija went for naught as the Cubs hit four homers of their own and rallied from a 7-3 deficit for a two-run victory. Donnie Murphy's two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning put the Cubs ahead by one and Starlin Castro, who went deep earlier in the game, added an insurance run with an RBI double an inning later.

Astros 6, Twins 5: Alex Presley, who was acquired by the Twins from the Pirates in the Justin Morneau trade, erased an early 3-0 Astros lead with a three-run homer in the third inning, but Houston eventually secured a walk-off win on Trevor Crowe's one-out single in the bottom of the ninth.

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