Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hit his 30th home run of the year in Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, matching Ted Williams' franchise record of eight seasons with 30 or more homers, per Lee Sinins of Complete Baseball Encyclopedia.
Ortiz, whose 403 home runs for the Red Sox rank third on the franchise list to Williams' 521 and Carl Yastrzemski's 452, went deep off Angels relief pitcher Cory Rasmus in the third inning of Wednesday's eventual 7-3 loss.
The long ball was Ortiz's fourth in his last five games, as he's been unstoppable over the last week. After registering a hit in each of his four at-bats Wednesday, the veteran DH has 14 hits—including six for extra bases—in his last 26 at-bats. Having also drawn six walks over that period, Ortiz owns a .625 on-base percentage in his last seven games.
With Wednesday's homer, the 38-year-old Ortiz became the oldest player to hit 30 in a season since 2004, when both Steve Finley (39) and Barry Bonds (40) accomplished the feat, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Though his .263/.355/.523 slash line is down a bit from last season's .309/.395/.564, Ortiz is on pace to hit 39 homers, which would mark his best total since he set a franchise record with 54 in 2006.
Signed with the Red Sox through 2015, Ortiz will take aim at a record-setting ninth 30-homer campaign next year.
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