New series; no problem. J.D. hits 28th HR in 5-0 win over Texas Rangers.
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After coming off a sweep of the Kansas City Royals, which hasn’t happened since 2002, the Boston Red Sox squared off against the Texas Rangers on Monday night at Fenway. Eduardo Rodriguez took the mound against Texas and turned in another productive outing, but was unable to pitch past the sixth inning once again. New acquisition Steve Pearce accounted for Boston’s two runs until later in the game when J.D. Martinez would cap off the game with a three-run home run. The Red Sox defense helped get the edge over the Rangers and sealed the low scoring victory 5-0.
E-Rod put together another productive outing as he went 5.2 innings. He allowed three walks which kept him from going deeper into the game – but he still kept the Rangers scoreless throughout his start. His final line on Monday night was: 5.2 innings pitched with no earned runs on three hits and five strikeouts.
The Red Sox got on the board in the first inning thanks to Steve Pearce. Pearce deposited a home run into the Green Monster for his first home run as a part of the Red Sox. Boston took an early 2-0.
The fifth inning had the Red Sox flash some leather on the field. After Rafael Devers committed an error in the fourth inning, he made a great play on a one-hopper to throw out a runner at second. Xander Bogaerts made a leaping play at shortstop to steal a hit. Finally, Mookie Betts made a great play in center field that ended with Betts jumping into the Monster.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, J.D. put the nail in the Rangers coffin with a three-run home run. After Betts and Andrew Benintendi got on base with singles, Martinez blasted a three-run shot into the Green Monster in left-center field. Boston extended their lead to 5-0 which closed the book on Monday’s contest.
In addition to the great defense, the bullpen did their part in keeping Texas off the scoreboard. Heath Hembree came into the game in relief of E-Rod with two outs in the sixth inning. With two runners on and the score still, 2-0, Hembree got a key strikeout to get Boston out of the inning. Brandon Workman came into the seventh inning and pitched a scoreless inning; even though he gave up a triple he was able to get out of the inning. Joe Kelly came into the game in the eighth inning and only gave up one hit while he picked up two strikeouts. Ryan Braiser made his Red Sox debut in the ninth inning and locked down the win with a clean inning.
J.D. Martinez would tally his 28th home run in the 8th inning and his 77th RBI in the 2018 season.
Boston’s fifth starter is still yet to be decided but whoever the RedSox choose will face Yovani Gallardo in game 2 of the series.