J.D. has two-homer night, powers Boston to sweep doubleheader beat Baltimore 6-4.
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After taking game 1 of the doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles 5-0, the Boston Red Sox got enough offense against Orioles starter Yefry Ramirez for their second win of the day. Hector Velazquez made a spot start on Saturday night, and did not go long, so it was up to a tired bullpen to piece together a strong outing. Beyond the Red Sox play, the umpire held a wide strike zone at the beginning of the game which did not stay consistent with the zone. This caused some frustration and led to a few walks as the Boston pitching tried to adjust to the ever-changing strike zone. J.D. Martinez continued his MVPesque season with two home runs.
Velazquez only lasted 2.2 IP after giving up two earned runs on 2 hits with one walk. Hector also hit Chris Davis in the bottom of the 2nd inning.
Hector gave up a run in the second inning. After giving up a single to Trey Mancini and hitting Davis, Renato Nunez doubles over Martinez to put the O’s up 1-0. Later in the third inning, Hector surrendered a walk to Jace Peterson to begin the inning. After getting two outs, Brandon Workman replaced Velazquez. Workman faced Mancini, and Trey singled up the middle to Jackie Bradley Jr. scoring Peterson to put Boston behind 2-0.
In the top of the fourth inning, J.D. took a ball to right center field off of Ramirez for his 36th home run of the year. Martinez cut the deficit to 2-1 Orioles, and in the top of the fifth inning, Eduardo Nunez hit a triple and ended up scoring on a sacrifice fly to left field by Dan Butler.
In the sixth inning, Steve Pearce and J.D. both drew walks. After Xander Bogaerts grounded into a double play which moved Pearce to third base. Rafael Devers drew a walk on a wild pitch which scored Steve from third, and Boston took the lead 3-2. The Orioles responded with a run in the home half of the sixth. Joey Rickard lifted a home run out of Camden Yards against Heath Hembree which tied the game at 3.
After a scoreless seventh inning, Pearce kicked off the eighth inning with a single which set up Martinez to hit his second home run of the game to left field. His 37th home run of the game put the Red Sox ahead 5-3.
In the top of the ninth inning, Bradley got on base with a walk but got thrown out trying to steal second base. Now with two outs, Mookie Betts doubled down the right field line for his 33rd double of the season. Brock Holt drove in Betts with a base hit before getting tagged out between first and second base.
Craig Kimbrel entered the game to complete the sweep of the doubleheader and struggled to seal the win. He gave up a two-run home run to Mancini to cut the lead to 6-4, but nailed down the win and got his 34th save this season. The Red Sox swept notched their 84th win with the sweep against the Orioles.
Pom still struggles with walks but has made two good appearances out of the bullpen.