Recap - JD Brings the Lumber and the Leather

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

J.D. Martinez cracked a three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning to help the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 5-4 Thursday night at Rogers Centre.

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press
The win gave Boston another series win and enabled them to end the road trip with a 6-3 record.

In addition to his fifth home run of the year, Martinez (pictured) also made a terrific running catch in the bottom of the first inning on a fly ball to deep right center that prevented two runs from scoring.

Chris Sale started for the Red Sox but ran into early trouble, allowing single runs in the first through third innings. He went six innings in the win allowing three runs on four hits (two of them home runs) and two walks while striking out four. Craig Kimbrel picked up his seventh save of the year.

Martinez, Andrew Benintendi, and Hanley Ramirez each had two hits in the win. Brock Holt doubled to extend his hitting streak to nine games before leaving with a tight hamstring.

The Red Sox will send Drew Pomeranz to the mound Friday night against the Rays in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park. Xander Bogaerts is expected to return to the lineup.

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