Following a 13-2 beating of the Baltimore Orioles last night where the Red Sox crushed five home runs, the Boston bats were quiet through five innings on Saturday afternoon. The Red Sox got runners on base against Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy, but they could not drive any runs in. Through five innings, Bundy allowed zero runs and struck out eight batters, but Boston finally got to Bundy in the 6th inning.
The Red Sox had four hits including an RBI double down the left field line from Xander Bogaerts in the 6th inning totaling three runs, which proved to be enough to defeat Baltimore in the second game of a three game series.
J.D. Martinez tacked on an insurance run in the 7th inning with a solo home run to make the game 4-2. This was J.D.’s 16th home run of the season as well as his fourth home run in the last three games.
In the 9th inning, the Red Sox put the game out of reach by scoring three runs behind a sac fly from Bogaerts and an RBI single from Brock Holt, who also stole second later that inning, which allowed Rafael Devers to score after a poor throw to second.
Bogaerts finished the day 1-2 with a 2B, 2BBs, and 2 RBIs, while Brock Holt also had himself a productive day going 3-5 with 2 RBIs and a stolen base.
Chris Sale took the mound for the Red Sox and he had another great outing. Sale did run into trouble in the 6th inning where he gave up two runs, but he finished his day with 10 strikeouts through six innings, while only allowing two runs to score.
The bullpen has been the biggest issue this season, but they did their job today with Marcus Walden, Matt Barnes, and Brandon Workman combining for three scoreless innings, while striking out five batters capping off a 7-2 win at Camden Yards.
Boston moves to 38-34 after this win and are now just 5 games out of first place in the AL East.
The Red Sox will look for the sweep in tomorrow’s 1:05pm game with Brian Johnson making his first start since returning from the Injured List.