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Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff  September 21, 2006 09:24 PM

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When it rains, it pours. In the same game he broke Jimmie Foxx's single-season Red Sox record with his 51st homer, David Ortiz added to the mark by slugging his 52nd as well.

Ortiz connected on the first pitch he saw in the first inning from Johan Santana, sending it over the Boston bullpen in right-center field. The lefty designated hitter hit the ball even further in the seventh, belting it over the center-field wall on a full count against Matt Guerrier.

The 52 homers ties Ortiz for 12th most in AL history.

On the record-breaking shot, Ortiz hit the ball with two outs and the bases empty. He circled the bases to a standing ovation. The only other player to hit his 51st homer at Fenway Park was Mickey Mantle, who did it exactly 50 years before Ortiz.

The homers also set the major league record by a designated hitter.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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