Boston Red Sox

J.D. Martinez blasted two home runs to power the Boston Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, completing the two-game sweep of a doubleheader at Camden Yards.

With the game tied 3-3 after seven innings, Martinez broke the deadlock with a two-run homer to deep left-center field. He had previously homered in the fourth inning, cutting the Orioles’ lead at the time to 2-1.

Martinez is up to 37 homers and 104 RBIs, both tops in the major leagues. He’s also second in the American League with a .332 batting average, behind only teammate Mookie Betts’ .351. Martinez is now on pace for 50 homers and 142 RBIs on the season.

Pitching-wise, the Red Sox essentially strung together a “bullpen day” a la the Tampa Bay Rays to stitch together a good-enough performance. Hector Velasquez allowed two of Baltimore’s four runs in just 2 2/3 innings, with five other relievers combining to allow just one run over the next 5 1/3 frames.

Closer Craig Kimbrel had another uneven outing, allowing a solo home run to Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini. But he otherwise struck out the side to close the door for his 34th save of the season. Since going 12 straight appearances without allowing a run, Kimbrel has posted an 8.53 ERA in his last six, going 3-for-5 in save opportunities.

Up Next: The Red Sox announced after Saturday night’s win that lefty Chris Sale has officially been activated from the disabled list and will start on Sunday. Sale (11-4, 2.04 ERA) will oppose Alex Cobb (3-14, 5.55 ERA) in the series finale.

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