Victorino is RBI king of Hawaii
SEATTLE – Shane Victorino and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox both set all-time records in an 11-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.
Victorino, a St. Anthony High School alumnus, drove in two runs to up his career total to 433 and break a tie with Mike Lum for most RBIs by a Hawaii-born player.
Ortiz doubled to left in his first at-bat to break Harold Baines’ record for most hits as a designated hitter with 1,689.
Victorino set the Hawaii-RBI record in the fourth inning with a run-scoring single to left off Aaron Harang, which s cored Jacoby Ellsbury.
In the sixth, Victorino singled in Brock Holt to make it 7-0.
Ortiz entered the game tied with Baines with 1,688 hits as a DH, and was acknowledged by a standing ovation from the mix of Red Sox and Mariners fans when he doubled to lead off the second.
As a younger player, Baines and Edgar Martinez were among the hitters Ortiz looked up to as examples.
“Wonderful hitters and when I first came up watching those guys … Now for your name to get mentioned next to theirs, it’s a wonderful thing,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz appeared touched by the ovation as he rumbled into second with the standup double. He tipped his helmet twice toward the standing fans and patting his chest as his milestone was shown on the video board. Ortiz already held the marks for the most runs scored, doubles, home runs, extra-base hits and RBIs by a designated hitter.
“The fans, they looked forward to that. They look forward to watch(ing) guys breaking records and getting to a certain level,” Ortiz said. “They really appreciated it.”
He added a two-run homer an inning later, his 19th this season.
“There is nothing that guy does that amazes me. He goes out there every day and is so consistent that you almost expect it. You kind of feel bad whenever he goes 0 for 4 and you’re like, ‘Come on man, are you kidding me?’ ” Boston catcher Jared Saltalamacchia said. “But that’s how good he is and how consistent he’s been in his career.”
Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, currently the best in baseball, and the Red Sox knocked around Harang (4-8) for seven runs and eight hits in five innings.
Ortiz’s milestone game overshadowed one of the best starts this season by Boston’s Felix Doubront (6-3). He took a shutout into the seventh and silenced a Seattle offense that scored 19 runs against Boston pitching in the first two games of the series. Doubront allowed one run on five hits with six strikeouts over seven innings.