10/03/08 10:10 PM ET
Big Papi extends ALDS hitting streak
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
With his single off the Angels' Ervin Santana in the first inning of Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Friday night, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz extended his Division Series hitting streak to 13 games.
The streak-extending single turned out to be a big one for Boston, as it sparked a two-out, four-run outburst against Santana. The biggest blow came courtesy of Jason Bay, who became the first player in Red Sox history to belt homers in his first two career postseason games with a three-run jack to center field.
Ortiz's streak began Oct. 5, 2003, in Game 4 of the ALDS against the A's. In the first 12 games of the streak, Ortiz hit .419 (18-for-43) with four homers and 11 RBIs.
Ortiz has now tied the Yankees' Bernie Williams for the second-longest hitting streak in the history of Division Series play. Williams hit in 13 straight from Oct. 4, 2002, to Oct. 7, 2005.
The longest streak belongs to Derek Jeter, who hit in 15 straight from Oct. 14, 2001, until Oct. 4, 2005.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.