Martinez hits 2 of Boston’s 6 HRs in 13-2 rout of Orioles

  • Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez celebrates his two-run home run during the fourth inning of Friday’s 13-2 win over the host Baltimore Orioles. AP

  • Boston Red Sox's Christian Vazquez, right, celebrates his home run with Jackie Bradley Jr. (19) during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Nick Wass

  • Baltimore Orioles' Trey Mancini (16) celebrates his home run with Renato Nunez (39) during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Nick Wass

  • Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Luis Ortiz (59) is pulled from a baseball game by manager Brandon Hyde, second from left, during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Nick Wass

  • Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. runs toward home to score during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Nick Wass

  • Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Luis Ortiz delivers a pitch during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Nick Wass

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez delivers a pitch during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Nick Wass

Associated Press
Published: 6/14/2019 11:02:53 PM
Modified: 6/14/2019 11:02:38 PM

BALTIMORE — J.D. Martinez hit two of Boston’s season-high six home runs, and the Red Sox staged another impressive power display at the expense of the Baltimore Orioles’ beleaguered pitching staff in a 13-2 rout Friday night.

One night after slamming five homers against Texas, Boston went one better against the dreadful Orioles, who yielded 17 hits to Toronto on Thursday night.

Brock Holt got the Red Sox rolling with a two-run drive in the second inning, his first home run in 62 plate appearances this season. Christian Vazquez and Martinez went deep in the fourth inning, and Jackie Bradley Jr., Michael Chavis and Martinez connected off Dan Straily in a five-run fifth for an 11-1 lead.

Eduardo Rodriguez (7-4) allowed one run and six hits over seven innings. The left-hander, who started his professional career in the Orioles organization, leads Boston in wins this season.

Though the defending World Series champions are waffling in third place in the AL East, they might be ready to make a move. The Red Sox have won three straight, own a five-game road winning streak and still have two games left in this series against the team with the worst record in the big leagues.

The Orioles burned through the bullpen on Thursday and lost Friday’s scheduled starter, Andrew Cashner, to a blister. So Baltimore recalled Luis Ortiz from Triple-A Norfolk to pitch in his third big league game and summoned reliever Josh Rogers from the same minor league club.

Ortiz (0-1) gave up four runs, four hits and five walks in 3⅓ innings. He was followed by Straily — who surrendered four homers and seven runs in 1⅓ innings — and Rogers, who pitched the final 4⅓ innings.

Trey Mancini hit a first-inning homer for the Orioles, who have lost their last two games by a combined 25-5 score and have a major league-worst minus-144 run differential.

Papi on their mind

The Red Sox hit the road but their hearts remain with former slugger David Ortiz, who’s in a Boston hospital as he recovers from a gunshot wound suffered Sunday in his native Dominican Republic.

“We’re getting updates every day,” manager Alex Cora said. “On the off-day when we get back (next Thursday), we’ll have a chance to go visit him and spend time with him.”

Trainer’s room

Red Sox: Reliever Heath Hembree (strained right elbow) was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Tuesday. Hembree said the elbow is merely sore, and expects to miss the minimum amount of time. LHP Josh Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket . ... LHP Brian Johnson (left elbow inflammation) returned from the IL and will likely start on Sunday if not used out of the bullpen beforehand. 1B/OF Sam Travis was optioned to Pawtucket. ... 1B Steve Pearce (back) began a rehab assignment on Friday with Class A short season Lowell. ... RHP Hector Velazquez (lower back strain) begins a rehab assignment on Saturday with Lowell.


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