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  • With 2 homers, Ortiz passes Yaz

  • TORONTO — One day after promising he was "about to get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August," David Ortiz hit two towering home runs.
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  • TORONTO — One day after promising he was "about to get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August," David Ortiz hit two towering home runs.
    They were the 452nd and 453rd of his career, moving Ortiz past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time list, and the Red Sox won their fifth straight game Monday night, routing the Toronto Blue Jays 14-1.
    "He's always hit well in this ballpark and tonight was another example," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Ortiz, whose 35 career homers at Rogers Centre are second only to Alex Rodriguez's 36.
    Ortiz matched Yastrzemski with a two-run blast to center off left-hander Brad Mills in the fourth, then broke the short-lived tie with another two-run shot off Mills in the fifth, his 21st and 22nd homers of the season.
    The slugger had little to say about his milestone homers, pushing past reporters by saying "Put it down like this: I'm on my way to Jamaica."
    It was the third multihomer game of the season for Ortiz and the 44th of his career.
    Rangers 4, Yankees 2
    At New York, Miles Mikolas earned his first win as a starter, pitching into the eighth inning and leading the Rangers to a victory over the sloppy Yankees.
    Trailing by a run with none on and two outs in the sixth, Texas got run-scoring singles from Geovany Soto, Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo to go ahead in only its third win in 17 July games.
    Twins 4, Indians 3
    At Minneapolis, Josh Willingham's tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning sent the Twins to a victory over the Indians.
    Kurt Suzuki had a two-run double among his three hits, Trevor Plouffe hit an RBI double and the Twins beat the Indians at home for the first time in more than 11 months.
    White Sox 3, Royals 1
    At Chicago, Chris Sale pitched seven effective innings in his first outing since the All-Star break and Adam Dunn had two RBIs and scored a run to lead the White Sox to a victory over the slumping Royals.
    Sale (9-1) wasn't at his best, allowing seven hits and a walk in seven innings, but he worked out of jams in the fourth and sixth innings. He struck out eight and now has allowed three runs or less in 14 of his 15 starts this season. Jake Petricka pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
    Orioles 4, Angels 2
    At Anaheim, Calif., Adam Jones hit a pair of two-run homers, including a tiebreaking shot in the sixth inning, and the Orioles beat the Angels.
    Bud Norris (8-6) won for the fifth time in his last six starts, allowing two runs — one earned — and eight hits over 62/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. The Orioles increased their AL East lead to four games over the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays.
    National League
    Marlins 3, Braves 1, 10 innings
    At Atlanta, Garrett Jones drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning, lifting the Marlins to a victory over the Braves.
    Christian Yelich led off the 10th with a single off Shae Simmons (1-2) and moved to second on Jordany Valdespin's sacrifice bunt. Following an intentional walk to Giancarlo Stanton, Simmons walked Casey McGehee to load the bases.
    Dodgers 5, Pirates 2
    At Pittsburgh, Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven strong innings, Adrian Gonzalez reached base five times and the Dodgers beat the Pirates.
    Ryu (11-5) joined Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in making the Dodgers the first team in the majors with three 11-game winners. The left-hander allowed two runs and five hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
    Giants 7, Phillies 4
    At Philadelphia, Adam Duvall hit a two-run homer to spoil Cliff Lee's return from the disabled list and the Giants beat the Phillies.
    Hunter Pence had three hits and two RBIs, Buster Posey drove in two runs and the Giants remained tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West.
    Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong gave up four runs — three earned — and 11 hits in three-plus innings. But San Francisco's bullpen combined for six scoreless innings.
    Brewers 5, Reds 2
    At Milwaukee, Milwaukee scored three runs on two misjudged balls in the outfield by Chris Heisey, and Wily Peralta pitched seven strong innings in the Brewers' victory over the Reds.
    Ryan Braun hit a two-run double in the third on which Heisey took a couple of steps in before retreating as the high liner went over his head. The four-year veteran with 134 career starts in left field apparently lost Carlos Gomez's high fly ball to the warning track in the fourth inning that turned into an RBI ground-rule double that made it 4-0.
    Nationals 7, Rockies 2
    At Denver, Ian Desmond tied a career high with five hits, including a two-run homer, and Doug Fister threw effectively into the sixth to help the Nationals beat the sinking Rockies.
    The 6-foot-8 Fister (9-2) — all "elbows and knees" as Charlie Blackmon described him — allowed nine hits before being pulled with two outs in the sixth after running into trouble.
    Interleague
    Mariners 5, Mets 2
    At Seattle, Kyle Seager drove in two runs, Mike Zunino homered into the second deck at Safeco Field and Dustin Ackley stole a home run with a leaping catch at the wall in the Mariners' win over the Mets.
    After losing two of three to the Angels after the All-Star break, Seattle got a solid start from Roenis Elias and improved to 8-2 all-time against the Mets.
    Elias (8-8) threw 51/3 innings before leaving with cramping in his left forearm. Seattle's bullpen was stellar the rest of the way, helped by Ackley's outstanding grab to rob Travis d'Arnaud of a home run in the sixth.
    Tigers 4, Diamondbacks 3
    At Phoenix, Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson homered, Justin Verlander moved into third place on Detroit's career strikeout list and the Tigers opened their interleague series in Arizona by beating the Diamondbacks.
    Miguel Cabrera drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning with a booming single just below the home run line on the Chase Field porch in left-center.
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