Recap - David Ortiz Bails Out Buchholz, Red Sox

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

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David Ortiz tied the game with a two-out RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth, and drove in the winning run with a double two innings later as the Red Sox came from behind to beat the Astros 6-5 at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon.

Ortiz had also homered earlier in the game; it was the first time in his career that he had doubled, tripled and homered in the same game.

He joined more illustrious company becoming only the third player in MLB history with at least 500 home runs and 600 doubles. The other two are Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds.

The home run, the 513th of his career, moved him into the 22nd place on the all-time home run list, ahead of Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews

The heroics bailed out Clay Buchholz after yet another shaky outing. He served up a solo home run to Carlos Correa in the top of the first inning and a grand slam to new Red Sox killer George Springer an inning later which put Boston in a 5-2 hole.

Buchholz went six innings and retired 13 of the last 16 batters he faced, but appeared to be absolutely lost in the first two frames and may have (PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!) pitched himself out of making his next start.

In addition to Ortiz, Xander Bogaerts also had three hits for the Red Sox. Jackie Bradley, Jr. extended his consecutive game hit streak to nineteen with a single in the bottom of the first.

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