Ortiz round-tripper boosts the Red SoxDavid Ortiz hit a three-run homer high over Fenway Park’s right-field foul pole on Wednesday, helping the Boston Red Sox rally for a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers.
The fair call was confirmed by a replay review, according to Major League Baseball’s replay Twitter account.
“It was pretty close, but I knew it was fair,’’ said Ortiz, who watched the ball sail into the seats before leaving the batter’s box. “I wanted to make sure it was fair. I wanted to keep watching it.’’
The Rangers took a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth and brought in Neal Cotts to face Ortiz with one out and two on in the bottom half. Ortiz, who had been 0 for 5 with five strikeouts against Cotts, lined a 1-1 fastball down the right-field line.
Because the ball was much higher than the pole, which was named for former Red Sox shortstop Johnny Pesky, it was hard to tell where it crossed into foul territory. The pole is just 302 feet from home plate.
“From our angle, it’s extremely difficult to tell,’’ Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ‘’We felt like it would be inconclusive at best with any type of replay that was available.’’