The Boston Red Sox hit the midway point of the 2018 season all alone in first place in the American League East, thanks to a 9-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday at Fenway Park.
J.D. Martinez hit his 25th home run in the win to extend his major-league lead in that category. He also made Red Sox franchise history in the process, becoming the first player ever to hit 25 homers before the end of June. He broke the record held by Manny Ramirez in 2001, Mo Vaughn and Jose Canseco both in 1996, and Ted Williams in 1950.
Martinez is fifth in the majors with .326 and also leads the majors with 64 RBIs. He sits third behind only Mike Trout and teammate Mookie Betts with a 1.050 OPS.
Here’s a look at all 25 home runs Martinez has hit this season:
After establishing a 6-0 lead with a six-run second inning, the Angels came back to tie the game 6-6 in the top of the seventh inning. But third baseman Rafael Devers put the Red Sox back on top with an RBI double, which Sandy Leon added to with an RBI single.
Closer Craig Kimbrel entered in the eighth inning and got four outs to earn his 23rd save of the season.
Angels reliever Jake Jewell had to be carted off the field in the top of the eighth after suffering a gruesome injury to his ankle/leg area on a slide toward home plate. The team has yet to update his status, but the injury certainly appeared to be major.
With the win, the red Sox (54-27) are now a half-game ahead of the New York Yankees (52-26) in first place in the AL East.
Up Next: The series finale between the Red Sox and Angels takes place on Thursday night, with Brian Johnson (1-2, 4.50 ERA) taking on Jaime Barria (5-3, 3.40 ERA).
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