Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz (34) lines an RBI double off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Xander Bogaerts scored. Catching for the Rays is Rene Rivera.
Chris O'Meara
September 12, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has hit his 499th home run and is one shy of becoming the 27th player to reach 500 homers.

Ortiz hit No. 499 on a 1-2 pitch from Matt Moore in the first inning of Saturday night's game at Tampa Bay.

The designated hitter smacked a towering three-run shot into the right field stands for his 33rd homer this season.

Ortiz has seven homers in his last 14 games.

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