MLB: Red Sox win 14-6 over Rays


JD Martinez broke the tie with a three-run homerun on his return to play and the Boston Red Sox crushed the Tampa Bay Rays 14-6 on Friday night.

The Red Sox slammed five long balls, a team record in the playoffs, to come to support Tanner Houck, who was very effective in long relief.

Kiké Hernandez had 5 of the Red Sox’s 20 hits, including one homerun and three doubles, becoming the first player in the team’s history to have four more than one hits in a playoff game.

Xander Bogaerts, Alex Verdugo and Rafael Devers also hit a four-goal shot for the Red Sox, who tied the American’s sectional streak at 1-1. The third clash will take place on Monday, at Fenway Park.

The Bostonians were able to erase a difficult performance from starter Chris Sale, who awarded a grand slam to Jordan Luplow in the first set. The left-hander was taken out of the game after getting just three strikeouts.

Hernández opened the fifth inning with a homerun against Collin McHugh to tie the game. Four batters later, Martinez hit a three-point slap against Matt Wisler (0-1).

Houck (1-0) kept the Red Sox in the game after Sale conceded five runs in the opening set. The rookie right-hander stepped in at the start of the second and allowed just one run and two hits in five innings on the mound.

Ji-Man Choi replaced Luplow on defense and he hit a solo homerun at Houck’s expense after two strikeouts in the sixth inning.

Martinez amassed four hits after missing Tuesday’s playoff game against the Yankees and the first meeting of this series against the Rays. He had injured his left ankle during the latter part of the campaign in Washington.

“I felt good hitting,” said Martinez. I felt worse running. « 

Devers’ two-point long ball against Michael Wacha gave the Red Sox an 11-6 lead in the eighth inning. Christian Vazquez had a run in the ninth and Hernández followed with a two-run single.

Bogaerts, Verdugo and Vazquez all had three hits for the Boston team, which had lost 5-0 the day before.

The Rays hadn’t allowed 14 points since the Red Sox roughed them up 20-6 on Aug. 11.

One night after Randy Arozarena became the first player in Majors history to land a home run and home plate in a playoff game, the Rays got off to a great start.

Rays rookie pitcher Shane Baz became the second major baseball pitcher to start a playoff game after making just three career appearances during the season.

Baz didn’t stay at the mound for long, however, allowing three runs, six hits and a walk in two innings and a third of work.

Grand slam! Luplow batons Chris Sale

A flight from Kiermaier at the expense of Devers

Back to square one thanks to Hernandez

Important three-point circuit by JD Martinez

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