J.D. Martinez blasts his 23rd home run of the season, going 4-5 with five RBIs in 14-10 romp of the Seattle Mariners.
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Seattle broke out of the first inning with four runs. Boston followed with five runs in the bottom of the first. From there Seattle scored two more runs in the second, and another four in the fourth before Boston’s bats heated up in the 6th inning with three runs, followed by five more in the 7th. Overall, Seattle scored ten runs compared to Boston’s fourteen. Seattle also racked up fourteen hits while Boston got twenty hits off of Seattle’s pitching staff Friday night.
Seattle’s Nelson Cruz hit two three-run home runs of knuckleballer Steven Wright. Wright surrendered 10 earned runs in 3.1 innings before being relieved by Brian Johnson, who surrendered an additional four hits. The Mariners’ Ryon Healy hit a solo shot off of Wright in the first inning, his 14th of the season. The Red Sox
While Martinez supplied five of the Red Sox fourteen runs for the night, Rafael Devers drove in an additional two, while Brock Holt, Xander Bogaerts, Mitch Moreland, Andrew Benintendi, Christian Vazquez, and Eduardo Nunez, respectively, also drove in one run. Martinez is now tied with The Angels’ Mike Trout for American League home run total.
The Red Sox got 16 hits off of the Minnesota Twins the day before, giving them a total of 36 hits over two days. With the New York Yankees’ 2-1 fall to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Red Sox are now only one game back from first place in the American League East.
The Boston Red Sox take on the Seattle Mariners again tonight in Boston. The Red Sox Eduardo Rodriguez (9-1) will face off against Mike Leake at 7:15 EST.