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David Ortiz 400th HR Elevates Him With Williams, Yastrzemski

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David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 18 Aug 2014 11:04 AM

David Ortiz hit a pair of two-run homers over the weekend, including his 400th shot, to join Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski as the only players to hit that many homers while playing with the Boston Red Sox.

Ortiz  drove in a career high-tying six runs to power Boston past the Houston Astros 10-7 on Saturday night, reported The Associated Press.

"It's an honor to be mentioned with those legends that were with the Red Sox," he said. "When you come to this organization to play, you're not expecting to be mentioned with those guys."

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The left-handed slugger has joined a class that features two of the greatest players to wear a Boston uniform.

"He's in rare company with those two other guys he's linked to," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

After his 400th, Ortiz hooked his other homer around the Pesky Pole in right field in the fifth. He has 459 home runs in his career, which started with Minnesota.

He then lined a two-run double into the gap in front of the Green Monster in the eighth. He left to a standing ovation for a pinch-runner, tipping his helmet as the crowd gave him a curtain call.

"David Ortiz is a Hall of Famer. He's about as good as it gets in this game," Astros manager Bo Porter said.

Williams hit 521 homers, and Yaz had 452. Both spent their entire careers with the Red Sox.

Ortiz has 91 RBIs, giving him at least 90 for the 10th time in 12 seasons with the Red Sox. One other he finished with 89, and in 2012 he had 60 while played just a little over half of an injury-plagued season. It was his 45th career multihomer game and fourth this season.

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David Ortiz hit a pair of two-run homers, including his 400th shot, to join Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski as the only players to hit that many homers while playing with the Boston Red Sox.
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