By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Red Sox powered their way to a 8-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night at Camden Yards.
W: Marcus Walden (5-0)
L: Branden Kline (1-1)
S: Matt Barnes (3)
Here are three takeaways from the win:
1. Dingers everywhere:
The Red Sox homered three times and got the bats going right away:
Xander Bogaerts followed up Martinez’s first inning home run with a solo shot of his own in the fourth inning:
Bogaerts is on pace to set a new career-high in homers this season. He hit 23 in 2018.
With the game tied 3-3 in the fifth, Mitch Moreland went deep for the 10th time in 2019:
Moreland leads the Red Sox with 23 RBI.
In the month of May, the Red Sox lead MLB in runs scored and home runs.
2. Sox piece it together:
It was a team effort to replace David Price, who was set to start Tuesday before going on the injured list with elbow tendinitis. Hector Velazquez and Marcus Walden each went three innings, while Brandon Workman, Ryan Brasier, and Matt Barnes pieced together the final three innings.
Brasier struggled in his 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, but the rest of the Red Sox bullpen was strong.
Workman has not allowed a hit in his last nine appearances and saw his batting average against fall to .041.
3. Vazquez stays hot:
Christian Vazquez had another multi-hit night, going 2-for-4 in the win. His average has risen to .278 and he has already matched his career-high with five home runs.
The Sox and Orioles will play their series finale Wednesday night at Camden Yards. Chris Sale (1-5, 5.25 ERA) will take the ball against right-hander Andrew Cashner (4-1, 4.71 ERA).