SEATTLE -- On a night where David Ortiz hit two doubles and a home run, a lone single in the eighth inning seemed fairly innocuous. But with his son D'Angelo watching from the stands, that single gave Ortiz 1,688 career hits, tying Harold Baines for the most by a designated hitter.
"Just an outstanding career. He continues to get better with age," manager John Farrell said. "Despite the 15 games missed, you look at the total numbers amassed so far, it's a lot of power, a lot of key spots for us. He might be setting the bar for the position itself."
Ortiz entered the series with Seattle needing six hits to tie the record. He wasted no time, achieving the feat in only eight plate appearances.
"I'm getting old, man," said the 37-year old Ortiz. "You've got to play for awhile to put numbers together. I don't really think about it right now, just trying to go through the motions and produce for this ballclub and win some ballgames."
Jacob Thorpe is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.