In the ninth inning, with the Red Sox trailing 5-4 with two outs and Xander Bogaerts on first base, Ortiz hit his first triple since 2013 to tie the game at 5.
Just how improbable was the triple? Ortiz has just 18 career triples. At 40 years and 178 days old, Ortiz became the oldest Red Sox player to triple since Rickey Henderson at 43 in May 2002.
Ortiz had a home run earlier in the game, his 10th of the season in his 34th game. Last season, it took him 63 games to reach 10 home runs.
It was the fourth time he’s had a triple and home run in the same game, and his first such game since July 15, 2006. Ortiz is also the oldest with that combination in all of baseball since Jeff Conine in 2007 at 40 years and 283 days old.
With a home run and a game-tying triple, Ortiz had already had himself a productive day. In the bottom of the 11th inning, he capped it off.
With two outs, Bogaerts singled, then took second base on a wild pitch by Astros pitcher Michael Feliz with Ortiz at the plate. That pitch pushed the count on Ortiz to 2-2.
Ortiz hit the fifth pitch of the at-bat to the wall in center field for a walk-off double. It was Ortiz’s 20th career walk-off RBI and hit. Elias Sports Bureau research notes that his 20 walk-off RBIs are tied for third most in the divisional era, behind only Dusty Baker (25) and Rickey Henderson (21). His 20 walk-off hits are the most of any active player.
It wasn’t just any walk-off double for Ortiz, either. That double was the 600th of his career as he joins Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds as the only players with 500 home runs and 600 doubles.
The double also notched another feat for Ortiz: In his 2,291st career game, he finally had his first game with a double, triple and home run, but no single. Ortiz has never hit for the cycle, but has fallen a triple shy 27 times in his career, a double shy twice and a home run shy once. Now, he has fallen a single shy once, too.