JD Martinez’s triple sparks late rally as Sox cruise past Royals
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It took a while for the Red Sox offense to break through on the scoreboard Tuesday night. But, when they did, they piled it on against the Royals. Backed by an excellent start from Eduardo Rodriguez, the Red Sox rallied late to beat the Royals in game one of the series.
The Royals, however, were early to score. Cheslor Cuthbert hit a 2-run shot off of Rodriguez in the second. From there, it was the Red Sox’ game all the way. In the sixth, JD Martinez came a few inches short of a home run of his own. With Mookie Betts on, Martinez legged out a triple to put Boston on the board.
From the sixth on, the floodgates were open. The Sox added two more runs in the sixth off Kansas City starter Glenn Sparkman. After he was bounced in the sixth, the Kansas City bullpen couldn’t stop the Red Sox.
In the top of the eighth, Eduardo Nunez blasted just his second home run of the year. It was a 3-run shot that put the Sox up 6-2. Nunez has been hitting the ball well recently. In his last 8 games, he’s hitting .409/..435/.591.
Devers continues to hit at an absurd pace
Nunez has been hitting well, but arguably no one on the planet is as hot as Rafael Devers. The AL’s Player of the Month of May continued his ridiculous pace, as he drove in two runs in the ninth with a double, as the Sox went on to win 8-2. Devers is now sixth in the AL in average and fourth in hits. He’s also 22 years old, so that’s pretty neat.
The Red Sox take on the Royals for game two Wednesday night as they continue to try and claw back into the AL East race. A series against the Royals could be just what this team needs. If they can take advantage of the opportunity, the series against Tampa Bay this weekend will become even more important.