The Boston Red Sox exploded for 11 runs on 12 hits in an 11-4 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. J.D. Martinez led the way with four RBIs, including his 26th home run of the season.
Martinez tacked on to a 9-3 lead in the ninth inning with a two-run shot off Nats reliever Matt Grace, taking the southpaw 440 feet deep to the left field seats. Martinez’s 26th homer extended his major-league lead, and he is also far and way the major league leader in RBIs with 71.
The Red Sox had already established a sizable lead with a five-run fifth inning, which included a three-run homer for Xander Bogaerts, his 13th of the season. Martinez got that inning started with a two-run single, and the newly acquired Steve Pearce followed that up with an RBI single of his own.
Eduardo Nunez got the Red Sox offense going in the first, bashing a three-run homer of his own.
On the mound, Brian Johnson failed to get out of the fifth inning for the second start in a row. But the lefty allowed only two runs in 4.2 innings.
Up Next: The Red Sox and Nationals play the series finale on Wednesday, with Eduardo Rodriguez taking on Erick Fedde.
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