OAKLAND — One game away from returning to Fenway Park, David Ortiz smacked a solo homer to lead off the fourth inning off A’s starter A.J. Griffin to tie today’s game 1-1.
It was Ortiz’ 400th career homer and 22d of the season. Ortiz had been stuck on 399 since June 27th against Toronto. He entered the season with 378 homers. He’s now one of 49 Major Leaguers to hit 400 and the 21st lefthanded batter to do so.
Prior to his next at-bat in the sixth inning, the A’s acknowledged the feat by announcing it to the fans. He received a full standing ovation from the Oakland crowd and applause from the Oakland bench.
He’s one of eight active Major Leaguers with 400. The others are Alex Rodriguez (642), Jim Thome (609), Chipper Jones (460), Albert Pujols (458), Jason Giambi (429), Andruw Jones (427) and Paul Konerko (410).
Ortiz has hit 21 of his 400 against the A’s, and eight in this ballpark.
He’s hit the most homers vs. Roy Halladay (6), followed by Jamie Moyer (5). He hit No. 300 against Kansas City’s Luke Hochevar.
Ortiz will be Boston’s lone representative in the All-Star game in Kansas City next Tuesday.