Two more home runs from J.D. Martinez and 19 outs from the bullpen added up to a 6-4 Red Sox win over the Orioles and a sweep of their split doubleheader Saturday in Baltimore.
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Martinez (pictured) hit his first home run of the game in the top of the fourth inning to cut Baltimore's 2-0 lead in half.
The Red Sox took a 3-2 lead with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings on a Dan Butler sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded walk to Rafael Devers.
Baltimore tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth on a Joey Rickard home run. Martinez put Boston back on top 5-3 with his MLB-leading 37th home run of the year. Brock Holt drove in a run in the ninth with an RBI single.
Hector Velazquez started for Boston but lasted just 2.2 innings before turning things over to the bullpen. Joe Kelly was the winner in relief, one of six arms to come out of the bullpen. Craig Kimbrel allowed a two-out home run in the ninth but he struck out Chris Davis to secure his 34th save of the year.
The Red Sox close out the weekend series in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon with a chance to go 50 games over .500. Their lead over the Yankees is up to 9.5 (eight in the loss column) in the American League East.
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