NEW YORK -- They came in a losing effort, but that didn't entirely detract from what David Ortiz managed to accomplish Thursday night -- belting two homers in the same game for the 46th time in his career.
Ortiz hit a solo shot off former teammate Chris Capuano in the first inning and added a two-run shot off Capuano in the third.
"I guess I saw pitches to hit my first couple of at-bats,'' shrugged Ortiz, who now has 32 homers for the season, the most of any lefthanded hitter in the game. "The one thing you guys need to focus on is to see the way they pitch to hitters. I'm the kind of guy that I don't get a cookie every time I go to hit. I've got to battle through it and try not to miss any pitch (I can hit) otherwise things are going to cool off because they pitch me very carefully.
"Guys really take it serious when they're facing me. It's just like that, you know? Good pitchers are always going to give good hitters a hard time. I've got to make my adjustments and try not to miss much. Pitchers know. They're not stupid. They know what they're capable of doing and they try to work around you.''
Ortiz's 46 multi-homer games are the second-most for any player since 2003, trailing only Albert Pujols (47).
The slugger now has 463 career homers, moving him ahead of Jose Canseco into 34th place on baseball's all-time list.
The three runs knocked in gave Ortiz 98 for the season and he's poised to reach the 100-RBI mark soon.
"You don't have too many guys doing that,'' he said. "Pitching has been unbelievable this year and when you put a good season in the season they're having, it's just a plus. You just keep your confidence and mentally, your mind tells you that if you keep on working hard, you can keep getting things done.''
One thing Ortiz seemingly can't get done: hit three homers in a game.
For all the two-homer games he's enjoyed, he's yet to collect the baseball hat trick.
He had two in the first three innings Thursday night but couldn't add to his total over his final two plate appearances.
"I went for it,'' said Ortiz, chuckling, ''but I sucked. I was trying. I ain't going to lie to you.''