BALTIMORE — Cha-ching! And no time for a selfie.
Red Sox DH David Ortiz crushed a Ubaldo Jiminez pitch way over the wall in right field for his first home run of the season with Dustin Pedroia aboard to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead at Camden Yards in top of the third inning.
The deep blast was Ortiz’s 432d career home run, passing Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. (431) for sole possession of 45th place on the all-time MLB career home run list.
Big Papi has 19 career homers at hitter-friendly Camden Yards, moving him into third place as a visiting player in Baltimore. His 39 home runs against the Orioles ranks him second among active players — well, sort of active — as it’s Alex Rodriguez leading the pack with 61.
The inning prior, Pedroia made a spectacular defensive play when he dove into the hole directly behind second base and threw out Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy to end the second inning.
On the pitching side for the Red Sox, John Lackey is cruising in his first start. After giving up a leadoff single to Nick Markakis, he retired the next nine batters, getting four O’s to strike out.