TORONTO — Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has passed Boston great Carl Yastrzemski on baseball’s career home run chart.
One inning after matching Yastrzemski with No. 452 on Monday night, Ortiz connected again to take over sole possession of 36th place.
Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox is next on the list. He entered play Monday with 454 homers.
Big Papi hit a two-run shot to center field off Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Brad Mills in the fourth inning. Ortiz took Mills deep for another two-run drive in his next at-bat for his third multihomer game this season and the 44th of his career.
Ortiz has 22 homers this year, and 395 with Boston. He hit 58 for the Minnesota Twins before joining the Red Sox.
Ted Williams holds the Red Sox record with 521 home runs, followed by Yastrzemski (452) and then Ortiz.
Ortiz’s first homer Monday night ended his 0-for-18 skid against Toronto and 0-for-11 slump overall.