Ortiz's 30th home run ties Williams

Ortiz's 30th home run ties Williams
September 28, 2013, 12:15 am
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BALTIMORE -- It was another night, another milestone for David Ortiz.     

On Wednesday night at Coors Field, Ortiz recorded his seventh RBI season with the Red Sox, placing him behind only Ted Williams (nine times) and Jim Rice (eight) in franchise history.     

On Friday night, Ortiz swatted his 30th homer of the year, giving him seven 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons, tying him with Williams for the most in club history.     

"It's a huge honor for myself to be mentioned with one of the greatest to ever play the game,'' said Ortiz after the Sox bashed the Baltimore Orioles, 12-3, "especially in this organization.''     

Ortiz is the only lefty hitter in the big leagues to reach the 30-100 mark seven times in the 11 years from 2003-2013.     

The milestone homer was hit off Baltimore rookie pitcher Mike Belfiore, who was making his major league debut. Ortiz was the first hitter he faced.     

"Welcome to the big leagues,'' said Ortiz with a smile.     

There's an extra appreciation for what Ortiz has accomplished, since he's played half of his games at Fenway Park, not exactly a haven for lefty pull hitters.     

"Everybody knows that Fenway is not a field made up for lefties,'' said Ortiz, "especially pull hitters. But you're not supposed to use that as an excuse. You're just supposed to go out there everyday and whatever happens, happens.''     

The homer also tied Ortiz with Cal Ripken Jr. with 431 career homers, good for 45th on the all-time list.     

"Really? Man, another great hitter,'' marveled Ortiz. "That's something that's special.''     

"In the minds of many,'' said John Farrell, "he's a Hall of Fame-type hitter. He's been a productive hitter his whole career here and to put himself in the company of Ted Williams is very rare.''