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Red Sox hit eight homers, destroy Tigers 20-4

Sep 4, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

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The Red Sox overshadowed David Ortiz‘s 2,000th career hit Wednesday, tying their franchise record with eight homers in a 20-4 drubbing of the Tigers.

Ortiz was a big part of the barrage, hitting two of the homers. His 2,000th hit, sandwiched in between the homers, was a double.

Ortiz became the 275th player, at least according to Baseball-reference’s leaderboard, to reach 2,000 hits. There are five designated hitters (guys who started at DH at least half of the time) ahead of him: Harold Baines (2,866), Frank Thomas (2,468), Edgar Martinez (2,247), Don Baylor (2,135) and Hal McRae (2,091).

Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Will Middlebrooks, Daniel Nava, Ryan Lavarnway and Mike Napoli also homered for the Red Sox tonight. It was the second eight-homer game in franchise history. The other came on July 4, 1977 against the Blue Jays. Among the players to homer in that one were Carl Yastrzemski, Fred Lynn (twice) and Jim Rice.

The Red Sox were the first team in three years to hit eight homers in a game. The last to do it was the Blue Jays on Aug. 7, 2010. Before that, the Yankees did it on July 31, 2007.

  1. flamethrower101 - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    20-4. Come on, at least get it right.

    • themuddychicken - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:16 PM


  2. tfbuckfutter - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    And no Daniel Bard to set up the W.

    Although to be honest….he might have turned it into a nail-biter.

  3. aceshigh11 - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Wow. Complete and total annihilation. The Tigers just got bombed into oblivion.

    historiophiliac will never be heard from again. 😦

    • drewzducks - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      But he said he was wearing his lucky hat ?

  4. papacrick - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Luckily none of those pitchers are on the postseason roster

  5. drelms - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Awesome game gentlemen now go down south a bit and kick some yankee a$$, pppppppllllllleeeeeeaaaaassssseeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • bigharold - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      Bring it on, .. now that they wore themselves out against the Tigers.

  6. frank433 - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Just read that the last time the Red Sox scored this many runs, their opponent in that game went on to win the World Series (Marlins in 2003). I’m okay with this.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    The real cool thing is the jays lost so they are sitting 19 1/2 games out of first. Just another 1/2 game and we got 20 back and then the jays will be sitting pretty!!!

    • nbjays - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:39 AM

      Oh hi Harry… the Jays must have lost, because that’s the only time you have guts enough to come out from under your rock. When they win, you go “on vacation”.

      Man you are one pathetic little troll.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        Yea the jays found another team they could beat in the d-backs, lol. Hey I bet they might even be able to beat the twins too!!! Go back to your hole you worm

  8. rollinghighwayblues - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    After a surge in runs like this in one night, I always want to go to my local bookie and put down $300 on the Red Sox scoring under 4 runs in the next three games. Save some of those damn runs for a rainy day!

    • Caught Looking - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Meanwhile John Lackey is like ‘wtf. why can’t I get [i]any[/i] run support?’

      • rollinghighwayblues - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM

        While constantly flailing his arms in frustration and pouting.

  9. babyfarkmcgeezax - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Roid Rage

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      Jealousy is an ugly thing.

    • drewzducks - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      We call it Yankee rage.

  10. edelmanfanclub - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Ok. I’ll admit it. I’m gay for Daniel Nava…. and the rest of the Red Sox lineup.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      Now that’s a sentiment I can get behi, err, behind.

  11. bigharold - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Eight HRs?? Impressive! I’m glad they got that HR barrage out of their system.

    Come on down to The Boogie Down, .. we’re waiting….

  12. disgracedfury - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Yep David Ortiz you will be a Hall of Famer in Boston but never in Cooperstone.

    • cohnjusack - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      Does Cooper Stone really have a solidified opinion on the Hall of Fame candidacy of David Ortiz? Seems awfully judgmental for an 8-year-old.

      (note: Cooper Stone is the son of Shannon Stone, the guy who died in the horrific foul ball incident at Rangers park a couple years ago).

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 5, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      Given the Hall’s aversion to DHs thus far, I doubt he would ever be in serious contention for Cooperstown, even if his positive test from 2003 HADN’T been leaked.

      However, I doubt that’s keeping him up at night. Being the hero of two World Series teams and practically dragging them single-handedly past the Yankees over the finish line in 2004 is good enough.

      • bigleagues - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        I hear ya, but Paul Molitor walked right into the HOF. But people conveniently forget he spent nearly 50% of his career games at DH.

        This should work in favor of Edgar Martinez argument.

        And Papi is clearly the best DH in the 40 years of the rules existence. And as it’s relevance in the game now heads towards a half century, it’s about time the voters get real about the historical legacy of guys like Ortiz and Martinez.

        Especially if they are gonna be so effusive about putting guys like Ozzie Smith, Bruce sutter & Goose Gossage in.

  13. MLBlogsbig3bosox - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Man.. it seemed like the Red Sox saved all of their season homers for this game.. I hope they saved some runs for the Yanks.

    • bigharold - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      “I hope they saved some runs for the Yanks.”

      I don’t!

  14. ckhoss29 - Sep 5, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Hmm, not aging normally, tendon problems, no where have I seen this before?

  15. buffalo65 - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    A thread about Boston and Detroit and one obsessed fan is still chirping about the jays. Where’s the bomb Canada comment Dirty Larry? What a joke.

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Dipweed Harry is the biggest loser on MSNBC sports blogs. This dumb shit has so much hate that it has become a psychosis. Have pity on this peabrained punk but ignore his insipid posts unless you need a dumbing down.

  16. rickdobrydney - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Ortiz—-cheater—-and totally gets a pass —- unbelievable—–

    • bobwsc - Sep 5, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      so did Pettitte and a bunch of others that were outted – not to mention the others that got away with it.

      get over it.

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