BOSTON -- David Ortiz was one of three Red Sox players who finished Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Seattle Mariners with multiple hits. But the mere fact that Ortiz finished a game with two hits is nothing special.
What's unique is that those two hits were a home run and a bunt single.
Ortiz ripped his eighth home run of the season over the bullpen in the bottom of the third, which gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. With the shot he passed Dwight Evans for sole possession of 56th place on Major League Baseball's all-time home-run list.
Two innings later, Ortiz led off the bottom of the fifth by taking full advantage of the shift, and bunted for a base hit down the third-base line.
"I hope he gets 10 of those this year," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine after the win. "It spreads out that, and that'll get another 10 hits through the right side of the infield."
It marked the first bunt single of the season for the Red Sox, and Ortiz' first bunt single since 2010.
"It's part of the game," said Ortiz. "Just keep it simple. Nothing man, you've got to play the game the way it's supposed to be."
When Ortiz was asked if he got the green light to bunt, he asked, "Green light for what?"
"Of course. It's me hitting. Nobody else," said Ortiz with a laugh.
When Valentine was asked if Ortiz bunted on his own, the Red Sox manager said, "Absolutely."
Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.
The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.
Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.
The full list of finalists is here. The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN
The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.
Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.
CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.
The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.
The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.
The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.
The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.