Ortiz reaches 2,000-hit milestone

Ortiz reaches 2,000-hit milestone
September 4, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Red Sox DH David Ortiz hit an RBI double in the sixth inning on Wednesday night for the 2,000th hit of his career.

Ortiz, who homered in the fourth inning for hit No. 1,999 and homered in the seventh for No. 2,001, hit a one-hop double off the center field wall off Detroit Tigers reliever Al Albuquerque for the milestone hit. It was part of an eight-run sixth. Ortiz's double scored pinch-runner Quintin Berry and gave the Red Sox an 11-4 lead.

Ortiz received a standing ovation from the crowd at Fenway Park. He tipped his batting helmet to the crowd and put his hand on his heart in a salute to the fans. Ortiz came around to score when the next batter, Daniel Nava, homered into the bullpen to make it 13-4.

Ortiz added another home run, a two-run shot over the Red Sox bullpen in right field, for his 2,001st career hit.  That made it 18-4 and was one of seven homers hit by the Red Sox.

Ortiz becomes the 18th active player with 2,000 or more career hits. The home run in the fourth was his 25th, making it his ninth season with 25 or more homers for Red Sox. That the second-most in franchise history behind Ted Williams, who did it 14 times.