Boston Red Sox

J.D. Martinez drove in five runs as the Boston Red Sox overcame an early onslaught from the Seattle Mariners to win in a 14-10 Friday slugfest at Fenway Park. Martinez went 4-for-5 on the night, including his 23rd home run of the season.

Both teams got on the board early and often, as Nelson Cruz put the Mariners on top with a three-run home run in the top of the first inning. Ryon Healy also homered off Red Sox starter Steven Wright to stake Seattle to an early 4-0 lead. But the Red Sox stormed back in the bottom of the first with a five-run outburst of their own, which Martinez sparked with an RBI double.

The Mariners got it right back when they took a 6-5 lead in the second inning, which included another RBI for Cruz. Seattle tacked on four more in the fourth, bolstered by Cruz’s second home run of the game, a two-run shot to left-center.

Jun 22, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Mookie Betts douses J.D. Martinez after the Boston Red Sox' 14-10 win over the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. (Photo Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Jun 22, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Mookie Betts douses J.D. Martinez after the Boston Red Sox’ 14-10 win over the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. (Photo Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

With the Mariners up 10-5 through four frames, that’s when the Red Sox began their second comeback. They scored eight runs from innings 5-7, including five in the bottom of the seventh. Martinez smacked a two-run home in the sixth, and after Andrew Benintendi tied the game at 10-10 in the seventh, Martinez followed that up with a two-run single to put the Sox up 12-10. They never looked back from there.

Martinez is now batting .324 on the season, to go with his 23 homers (tied with Mike Trout for the AL lead) and his major league-leading 60 RBIs. Entering Saturday, he’s on pace for 48 longballs and 126 RBIs. He’s also third in the AL with a 1.037 OPS.

Up Next: Barring a rainout, the three-game weekend series between the Red Sox and Mariners continues on Saturday. Eduardo Rodriguez (9-1, 3.59 ERA) will go for his 10th win of the season as he opposes the Mariners’ Mike Leake (7-4, 4.47 ERA).


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