After Shane Victorino and Pedroia singled to start the game, Ortiz followed with a towering drive off the facing of the fourth deck. The homer was his 455th, tying him with Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox for 35th on the career list.
A coastguard official said the 23 bodies recovered from the ferry overnight had mostly been found in a lounge on the third deck and cabins on the fourth deck. The large death toll has partly been attributed to the captain's instruction for passengers to stay where they were for around 40 minutes after the ferry ran into trouble.
The 20-year-old, of Town End Farm, Sunderland, died alongside leading mechanic operator Paul McCann, 32, from Halesowen, West Midlands, on the fourth deck of the vessel in the forward escape compartment.