"I'm glad I got it out of the way," Ramirez said. "I didn't think about it because I knew it was a long season. I knew I'd come around so I was just being patient."
Ramirez didn't wait long for his curtain call, homering in his second at-bat in the third inning to tie Honus Wagner for 19th all-time in RBIs with 1,732. It was his 54th multi-home run game to tie him with Frank Robinson for ninth on the all-time Major League list.
He didn't homer until his 12th game this season, but it wasn't his longest career homer drought to open a season. He didn't hit his first home run in 2006 until his 17th game when he hit two homers against the Blue Jays.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.