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The hits start coming and they don’t stop coming for the Boston Red Sox. The offense and staring pitching was fantastic once again, and the Boston Red Sox hot start continues with a 10-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles . Hector Velazquez got the start, going five innings and allowing two meaningless runs.
Boston Red Sox hot start continues with a 10-3 win
The Red Sox came out of the gate roaring. After Velazquez sent down the Orioles in the top of the first, the Boston offense immediately got to work. Andrew Benintendi doubled in his first plate appearance, knocking a fly ball off the Green Monster. Mookie Betts tried to score from first, and just barely beat the throw to put the first run on the board.
However, Betts suffered an injury during the collision. The right fielder was clearly shaken up, and needed a few seconds before getting on his feet. He stayed in the game at first, but left the game in the fourth inning. Blake Swihart took his place in the lineup. Fortunately, the injury isn’t serious. Betts suffered a left knee contusion, and should be fine moving forward, per the Red Sox training staff.
While Red Sox Nation was worried about Mookie after the initial collision, Hanley Ramirez did everything in his power to cheer the fans up. Ramirez followed Benintendi’s double with a laser over the left field wall to make it a 3-0 game.
Velasquez continued to dominate, and both sides were quiet until the bottom of the third. J.D. Martinez stepped into the batters box, and hit one of his patented opposite field home runs to make it a 4-0 game. After a slow first week and a half, Martinez appears to be finding his form.
The Sox wouldn’t stop there. One inning later, Benintendi added to his great day. With runners on second and third, Benintendi drove a single to right field. Both runners scored to make it a 6-0 game, put the inning wasn’t over yet. Hanley doubled on the next at-bat, driving home Benintendi and making it 7-0.
The inning looked to be over when Martinez hit a weak grounder to Manny Machado. However, the normally strong fielding Machado misfired, throwing the ball into the stands. The error brought in Hanley to make it 8-0.
This slaughter of an inning essentially ended the game. The final score was 10-3, but the outcome was never in doubt. The Red Sox improved to 12-2, and will finish the series tomorrow. Chris Sale will take the mound against Dylan Bundy as Boston goes for the series sweep.