Martinez strikes again -- twice -- as Red Sox sweep Orioles
J.D. Martinez homered twice, and the second one was a two-run tie-breaking shot that gave the Boston Red Sox a 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader Saturday night at Camden Yards.
Martinez finished 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs and three RBIs. He now has 37 homers and 104 RBIs, leading the majors in both categories.
Joe Kelly (4-0) earned the win in relief for the Red Sox. Craig Kimbrel took care of the ninth and earned his 34th save this season despite giving up a run.
Rookie Yefry Ramirez started for Baltimore and also got a no-decision. He allowed two runs on three hits in five innings.
The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the second when Renato Nunez lined an RBI double that put runners on second and third with no outs. But Velazquez retired the next three Baltimore hitters.
In the third, the Orioles added another run on Trey Mancini's RBI single. But the 2-0 lead did not last long.
Martinez homered in the fourth to make it 2-1.
Eduardo Nunez led off the fifth with a triple to right and scored on a Dan Butler sacrifice fly, tying the game.
Martinez added his second homer in the eighth, and Brock Holt contributed an RBI single in the ninth. Mancini hit a solo homer in the ninth, his 17th of the season, that cut the lead to 6-4.
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