By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com
J.D Martinez hits a two-run moon shot, Steven Wright throws seven scoreless, as the Boston Red Sox shut out the Detroit Tigers, 6-0, on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
After winning their 61st game of the year, the Red Sox improve to, 42-19, and now hold a one-game lead over New York Yankees in the AL East.
In his first start of the year, Wright (2-0) dominated with seven scoreless innings, while striking out six and only giving up two hits and three walks on 96 pitches.
The Red Sox jumped out to an early 2-0 lead following an Andrew Benintendi single and stolen base (10) before a two-run, 431-foot shot from Martinez, who now leads the MLB in home runs with 20.
Boston broke it open in the fourth, with an RBI-single from Eduardo Nunez and Rafael Devers following up with a chance to put some serious runs on the board with no outs and bases loaded, but he grounds into a run scoring, double play to put the Sox up 4-0.
The Sox kept hammering the ball as Xander Bogaerts (9) led off the fifth with a solo shot.
And then Brock Holt knocked in his 14th RBI of the year on a fielder’s choice later in the inning.
Detroit’s best chance to do some damage was early in the game before Wright found his rhythm and hit cruise control from the third through the seventh. And at one point during that stretch he retired six straight batters.
Hector Velazquez threw a scoreless eighth. And Brandon Workman, in his first appearance of the year, finished off the game with a scoreless ninth inning in Boston’s third straight win.
Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr., Nunez and Martinez all finished with two hits a piece for the Sox.
Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez were held hitless like many of their teammates, but it was outfielder Nicholas Castellanos who led the way for the Tigers with a pair of hits.
Artie Lewicki had a tough go for the Tigers as he went 3 2/3 innings in the start, while giving up two earned on five hits and three walks.
In Other Red Sox News:
Following the game, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that there’s ‘nothing wrong with Dustin Pedroia’s surgically repaired knee. And he’s just dealing with inflammation. He should return to activities in coming days.’
According “Manager Alex” via NESN, “he’ll get treatment tomorrow (Wednesday), you know he hasn’t got treatment the last two days,” Cora said. “And we go from there. But I think he should be back to baseball activities, slowly but surely, in about two days.”
And we learned from Ian Browne of MLB.com, that Jalen Beeks will make his MLB pitching debut for the Red Sox on Thursday night.
UP NEXT: The Red Sox will play the second of the three game series against the Tigers on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. over at Fenway.
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