The Red Sox belted three home runs in their 8-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
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The Red Sox have been playing good baseball lately, winning seven of their last nine games to move to 18-19 on the young season. On Tuesday it was the power bats that led them to the win.
J.D. Martinez hit a two-run home run in the first inning to open up the scoring. It was the 200th home run of his career and his fifth of the season. Rio Ruiz answered with a two run homer of his own to tie the game at two in the bottom of the first.
Then, Xander Bogaerts hit his seventh home run of the season in the top of the fourth inning to give Boston a 3-2 lead. The Orioles answered right back again with a solo home run by Hanser Alberto in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at three.
The very next inning though, Mitch Moreland went deep for the tenth time this season. This time it was a three-run homer to the opposite field to give the Sox a 6-3 lead.
The Orioles cut the lead to 6-5 in the eighth inning, but the Red Sox added two insurance runs in the top of the ninth on RBIs by Martinez and Mookie Betts. Matt Barnes locked down the four-out save to give the Red Sox an 8-5 win.
It was a bullpen day for Boston in which Hector Velazquez and Marcus Walden each threw three innings. Velazquez let up two runs on three hits while Walden let up one run on two hits. Walden picked up his team-leading fifth win of the season.
Brandon Workman pitched a perfect seventh inning, but Ryan Brasier struggled and let up two runs in just two-thirds of an inning. Barnes picked up his third save of the season, but his first of the four-out variety.
Brandon Kline got the loss for the Orioles, moving to 1-1 on the season.