Tampa Bay Times

Off virus list, Bosox’s Martinez hits 3 HRs


BALTIMORE — J.D. Martinez caught up in a hurry.

Martinez came off the COVID-19 list and hit three home runs, powering the Boston past Baltimore 14-9 Sunday for the Red Sox’s sixth straight win.

Martinez struck out in the first and quickly made some adjustment­s.

“After that first at-bat, I felt like everything just kind of sped up on me,” he said. “I went to the cage and I was like, ‘All right, we need to dial this up. We can get it going. Wake up.’ After that, I felt a lot more in control and I felt really good.”

Martinez, 33, was back in the lineup one day after being placed on the COVID-19 injured list because of cold symptoms. He passed the required tests and went 4-for-6, driving in four and scoring four times.

He got a chance at a record-tying fourth homer in the ninth but struck out swinging. He is the last of 18 major-leaguers to homer four times in a game, doing it in 2017 for Arizona.

This was the fourth time Martinez has hit at least three homers in a game. A year after batting just .213 with seven home runs in 54 games, he’s hitting .472 (17-for-36) with five homers and 16 RBIs in eight games. “He’s locked in. You can tell,” manager Alex Cora said.

Rafael Devers homered twice, and Alex Verdugo had a three-run shot for the Red Sox, who got a three-game sweep. Boston lost three in a row to Baltimore at Fenway Park to start the season.

DODGERS 3, NATIONALS 0: Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings of five-hit ball to win a pitchers’ duel with Max Scherzer as host Los Angeles finished a threegame sweep. Rookie Zach McKinstry homered and drove in all three for the Dodgers, off to a majorsbest start (8-2) despite playing this series without stars Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger. Kershaw struck out six with no walks; Scherzer also went six and allowed one run on three hits.

D’BACKS 7, REDS 0: Luke Weaver retired the first 17 batters he faced, and Eduardo Escobar homered for the fourth straight game for host Arizona. Weaver took a no-hitter into the seventh before giving up a broken-bat single to Eugenio Suarez, whose ground ball found a hole up the middle.

PIRATES 7, CUBS 1: JT Brubaker allowed one run and four hits in 5⅓ and had the first three RBIs for host Pittsburgh. His two-run single to right capped a threerun second for a 3-1 lead. Chicago’s Trevor Williams was hit hard in his return to Pittsburgh, where he spent the first five seasons of his career before being released. PHILLIES 7, BRAVES 6: Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer in a four-run fourth and had the go-ahead sac fly in the ninth to help snap host Atlanta’s four-game win streak. Alec Bohm doubled off Braves closer Will Smith to begin the ninth, advanced to third on a bunt and scored on Gregorius’ fly to shallow left. Marcell Ozuna’s throw bounced twice before Bohm was initially called safe — even though it appeared he didn’t get his foot on the plate before the tag. The play was reviewed and upheld, prompting fans to throw debris into the outfield and halt play.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Avisail Garcia homered for the second day in a row,m and Travis Shaw and Manny Pina also connected in visiting Milwaukee’s 9-3 win over St. Louis. … Kyle Seager hit his second homer of the game, a three-run shot in the ninth off Alex Colome as Seattle overcame a 6-0, sixth-inning deficit to win 8-6 at Minnesota. … Michael A. Taylor scored when pitcher Garrett Crochet misplayed Andrew Benintendi’s bunt in the 10th for the host White Sox’s second error of the day and ninth in nine games, leading to Kansas City’s 4-3 win. … Trent Grisham homered in the fourth and Manny Machado in the ninth as San Diego completed a three-game sweep with a 2-0 win at Texas. … Logan Allen recovered from a bumpy first to get his first win with host Cleveland, 5-2 over Detroit, allowing one run and two hits in five innings.

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