BOSTON — One after another, the baseballs cleared the fences at Fenway Park, a franchise-record-tying eight homers in all for the Red Sox.
David Ortiz led the way.
The designated hitter homered twice and doubled for his 2,000th career hit Wednesday to lead Boston to a 20-4 romp over the Tigers.
"I've never really seen that many happy faces in the dugout at the same time," said Ortiz, who was one of a franchise-record seven Red Sox batters to homer in the game. "It was like lighting a firework. … I see everybody happy. It's like the fireworks just keep on coming."
Boston pulled away in an eight-run sixth inning when Will Middlebrooks hit a grand slam, Ortiz had an RBI double to reach 2,000, and Daniel Nava had a two-run homer. Ortiz homered again in a five-run seventh, the 427th of his career, to pass Billy Williams into 47th place all time.
"Congratulations to David. That's a heck of a milestone," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.
AL East-leading Boston has won nine of 11.