BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz hit his 536th home run to tie Mickey Mantle for 17th on baseball's career list, and David Price allowed just a pair of solo homers to lead the Red Sox to a 12-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night and protect Boston's lead in the AL East.
Chris Young homered, doubled twice and singled, and Hanley Ramirez also homered for the Red Sox, who maintained a two-game edge over Toronto.
The Red Sox won for the fifth time in six games, scoring in each of the first seven innings. Ramirez hit his eighth homer in his last 15 games as Boston, the top-scoring team in the majors, got 11 runs or more for the fifth time in 10 games.
Price (16-8) allowed two runs on two hits and zero walks, striking out nine in eight innings for his seventh straight victory.
Former Red Sox starter Wade Miley (8-13) got just four outs, allowing five runs in the first inning before loading the bases in the second.
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