Red Sox flex muscles, skip Rays 14-6 to ALDS 1-1 – Boston News, Weather, Sports
St. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) – J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreaker, three times Homer on his return to the line-up and the Boston Red Sox backed up Tanner Hook’s relief effort with the franchise scoring five home runs, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 14 – 6 p.m. Friday until their AL Division Series in a game each.
Kiké Hernandez had five of Boston’s 20 hits, including Homer and three pairs, becoming Boston’s first player with four additional key strokes in a post-season game.
Xander Bogarts, Alex Verdugo and Rafael Devers have also been linked with the Red Sox, who rallied for a big win after Chris Sall allowed Jordan Loblo’s first major championship and was pulled out after only three times.
Homer Hernandez tied for fifth from Colin McHugh before Martinez advanced deep against Matt Whistler (0-1) after four strokes.
Hawk (1-0) kept Boston in the match after rocking Sale for five games in the first half. The right-handed rookie knocked out the Bulls to start the second inning and allowed one and two hitters to run on five frames, retiring his first 11 hitters before yielding a single solo to Wanderer Franco in the fifth.
Ji-Man Choi entered as a defensive substitute for Luplow and had the only other hit from Houck, a sixth-place Homer solo. Hook hit five.
Martinez suffered four injuries after missing Tuesday night’s big win over the New York Yankees and Game 1 of ALDS due to a sprained left ankle. He was injured by tripping over second base while on the field during the end of the regular season last weekend in Washington.
“It felt really good,” Martinez said. “I didn’t feel good about running, but I did feel good hitting.”
Bogarts, Fredogo and Hernandez both hit singles to dampen the stunning Red Sox, who lost their opener 5-0 Thursday night. Then Martinez gave the lead.
Homer Devers, who beat Michael Wacha twice, lifted Boston’s advantage to 11-6 for eighth. Cristian Vazquez had an RBI hit at nine, which Hernandez followed with a single. Bogarts, Ferdugo and Vazquez each received three hits.
The Rays have not allowed 14 rounds in the game since Boston beat them 20-6 on August 11.
Verdugo also stole in left field, leaning over the short wall in a foul area in the sixth inning to catch Nelson Cruz’s pop-up.
A night after Randy Arrozarina became the first player in Major League history to steal Homer and steal his home in a post-season game, the Rays blasted off another fast start that sent a yellow-towel crowd of 37,616 — up from 27,419 in the first game — into a frenzy.
Rays left junior Shane Baz became the second player in major league history to start a playoff game with three or fewer games in the regular season. Matt Moore was another, doing it with Rays in Game 1 from 2011 ALDS in Texas.
Using Baz and Game 1 winner Shane McClanahan to start the series, AL East winner Tampa Bay joined Oakland as the only team to start rookie shooters in the first two games of a playoff series. Athletics started 2012 ALDS in Detroit with Jarrod Parker and Tommy Mellon.
Meanwhile, Boston only had 2 1/3 of the combined innings from starting bowlers over two games. Seal, who returned from Tommy John’s surgery in August to start nine times, was withdrawn after giving up five runs and four strokes in the first inning. It came after a brief outing by Eduardo Rodriguez on Thursday.
The Grand Slam at Loblaw was the sixth that Homer Seal allowed 26 career rounds after the season ended.
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Boston has replaced injured right-hand man Garrett Richards on the ALDS roster with loyalist Matt Barnes. Richards has a left hamstring strain and would be ineligible for the AL Championship Series roster if the Red Sox advances.
Nathan Evaldi will start game three for Boston. One run and four strokes allowed over 5 1/3 innings of Boston’s wild card win over the Yankees. The right hand is 2-1 with a 1.63 ERA in seven pre-season games, including three starts.
Rays manager Kevin Cash hasn’t announced a Sunday start. He can go with the right-handed Drew Rasmussen or choose Christmas Day.
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