Atlanta, Georgia 2021-05-01 07:40:07 –
JD Martinez and the Boston Red Sox aim to bring early-season success to the new month by playing against the Texas Rangers on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas.
When the Red Sox returned to the four-game series after a 4-1 defeat in the opening round on Thursday, Martinez defeated the Rangers 6-1 on Friday, ending April with two home runs, three hits and four RBIs. I did. Boston has won four of the last five games and took the lead in the American League East in May with a 31/2 game lead.
Meanwhile, Texas dropped six out of eight to settle in the basement of the American League West.
Left-handed Eduardo Rodríguez (4-0, 3.52 ERA) is riding the Red Sox mound on Saturday, trying to win his fifth straight start earlier this year. Right-handed Jordan Lyles (1-2, 6.75) will play in the Rangers.
Martinez was expected to sit on Friday after finishing his loss on Thursday with migraine symptoms. At the age of 33, he assured his manager that he was ready to go in the morning, and when he crushed the first pitch he saw for a three-run home run he did it. I proved it.
Martinez was back in the third inning and brought the splitter to the dead center for a league-leading nine home run. Martinez also adjusts the pace of the RBI (25) major with an average RBI of .351.
After hitting .213 with 7 home runs and 27 RBIs during the 2020 season with a shortened pandemic, Slugger’s hot start is a welcome sight for Boston. Skipper Alex Cora said he wasn’t surprised by the dramatically improved production.
“Adding this month to what he did last year, another month is a good season,” Cola said. “… I think it was only 60 games last year and he had a hard time. When I’m with him, I just adjust one thing to get hot.
“He has a mission.”
The Red Sox went deep four times on Friday, tying the Rangers pitching staff to the Atlanta Braves for most of the allowed home runs (39). After starter Kohei Arihara finished in 22/3 innings, Texas was rescued by Yang Hyeon-jong. Yang Hyeon-jong gave up one hit with a relief of 4 1/3 no points.
“He shut them down a bit,” said Rangers manager Chris Woodward. “I don’t think it’s too early to talk (about his participation in the rotation).”
It can give Lyles urgency. Lyles seems to bounce after giving up 7 runs with 10 hits in 22/3 innings on his recent start with the Los Angeles Angels. Lighty is 0-1 and has recorded 7.45 ERA in two career starts with the Red Sox.
Rodriguez started his longest outing of the season, holding the Seattle Mariners to three runs with six hits in seven innings earlier this week. He hit eight and walked nothing to win.
Rodriguez is 3-0, scoring 4.44 ERA in four games against the Rangers.
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