With no outs and third baseman Chase Headley on first base, Rodriguez sent a 94 MPH fastball from Orioles righthander Bud Norris to right-centerfield, tying the game at 4–4.
The home run was the 666th of Rodriguez’s career and gave him 2,001 RBIs. Only Hank Aaron (2,297 RBIs), Babe Ruth (2,214) and Cap Anson (2,075) have recorded more career RBIs than Rodriguez.
Rodriguez still sits fourth on baseball’s all-time home runs list, trailing Barry Bonds (762), Aaron (755) and Ruth (714).
Rodriguez entered the game batting .275 with 11 home runs, 30 RBIs and an .883 OPS.
As of Monday, Rodriguez was third in the American League All-Star Game voting among designated hitters.
- Mike Fiammetta