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Martinez comes off COVID list, hits 3 HRs as Red Sox top O’s

Sunday, April 11, 2021
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BALTIMORE (AP) — J.D. Martinez caught up in a hurry.

Martinez came off the COVID-19 record and hit a few property operates, powering the Boston Red Sox previous the Baltimore Orioles fourteen-9 Sunday for their sixth straight acquire.

Martinez struck out in the 1st inning and rapidly manufactured some changes.

“After that 1st at-bat, I felt like anything just variety of sped up on me,” Martinez claimed. “I went to the cage and I was like, ‘All appropriate, we need to have to dial this up. We can get it heading. Wake up.’ After that, I felt a lot far more in command and I felt definitely great.”

The 33-year-outdated Martinez was back in the lineup one day immediately after currently being put on the COVID-19 hurt record for the reason that of chilly signs. He handed the demanded assessments and went 4 for 6, driving in 4 operates and scoring 4 occasions.

Martinez obtained a likelihood at a history-tying fourth homer in the ninth inning and struck out swinging. He is the past of 18 major leaguers to homer 4 occasions in a activity, performing it in September 2017 for Arizona.

This was the fourth time that Martinez has hit at least a few homers in a activity. A year immediately after batting just .213 with seven property operates in 54 game titles throughout the pandemic-shortened time, he is hitting .472 (seventeen for 36) with 5 homers and sixteen RBIs in eight game titles.

“He’s locked in. You can tell,” manager Alex Cora claimed. “This is the man I observed in (2018 and 2019), He has an notion of what he wishes to do. He does not deviate from his procedure. I assume the past swing he was just hoping for a strike to see if he could hit it in the air. That was not the scenario.”

Martinez hit solo homers in the third, sixth and eighth innings. The a few-time All-Star also had an RBI one.

Rafael Devers homered twice and Alex Verdugo extra a a few-run shot for the Red Sox, who done a a few-activity sweep — Boston missing a few in a row to Baltimore at Fenway Park to get started the time.

“I experience great naturally. I manufactured a few of changes right here and there but I continue to have the same tactic each one activity and now matters are slipping in my favor,” Devers claimed. “It feels great to be able to lead as much as I am appropriate now.”

Devers has homered in a few straight game titles for the next time in his occupation. Boston entered the activity rated near the base of the American League with seven property operates.

Nick Pivetta (2-) allowed 4 operates and seven hits with seven strikeouts and a few walks above 6 innings.

Maikel Franco and Trey Mancini hit a few-run homers for the Orioles. Ryan McKenna managed a triple in the sixth for his 1st major league hit.

“I was pondering the other day that would be rather awesome if that took place,” Mckenna claimed.

Boston took the direct on a a few-run homer by Verdugo followed by a generate from Martinez off Jorge Lopez (-2) in the third. Lopez allowed eight operates and seven hits above just 4 innings.

Baltimore shortstop Freddy Galvis was shaken up immediately after currently being tagged out at the plate on a pitch that obtained just previous catcher Christian Vázquez in the third, but he was able to stay in the activity.

The Orioles minimize the margin to 4-one on an RBI one by Franco that scored Ryan Mountcastle, who led off the fourth with a double. The Red Sox responded the next inning on a one by Martinez and a a few-run homer by Devers.

Martinez linked in the sixth for a 10-one direct.

Mancini’s generate off Austin Brice minimize the direct to 10-7 in the seventh. Martinez and Devers answered once more for the Red Sox with homers in the eighth.

“We just had a tough time out of the (bullpen) finding men out,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde claimed. “Proud of our offense, the way we retained scratching back.”


Red Sox: INF Michael Chavis was optioned to the team’s alternate instruction internet site to make place for Martinez. Chavis, nonetheless, will keep on being with the group on the road excursion as a member of the taxi squad.

UP Up coming

Red Sox: LHP Martin Perez (-, five.40 Period) will face his previous group when he starts the opener of a 4-activity series in Minnesota commencing Monday. Perez went 10-7 with a five.12 Period for the Twins in 2019. LHP J.A. Happ (-, 2.twenty five) gets the get started for Minnesota.

Orioles: RHP Dean Kremer (-one, 9.00 Period) is slated to make his sixth occupation get started Monday from Seattle. LHP Justus Sheffield (-one, 7.twenty) will get started for Seattle.


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