We know, we know: It’s early.
But the Boston Red Sox offense is looking like one of the best in all of Major League Baseball.
The Sox attacked early and often against the Baltimore Orioles and starter Alex Cobb on Saturday, emerging with a 10-3 victory at Fenway Park. The offensive outburst provided more than enough support for starter Hector Velazquez, who picked up the win after surrendering two runs over five innings.
Boston was led by its budding power duo of Hanley Ramirez (2-for-3, 3 RBIs) and J.D. Martinez (3-for-5, 2 RBIs), both of whom cranked a home run. The Sox bats recorded double-digit hits for the eighth time this season.
It wasn’t all great news at Fenway, however, as Mookie Betts left the game an inning after an ugly collision at home with Orioles catcher Chance Sisco. The Red Sox later announced that Betts only suffered a bruised left foot on the play.
With the win, Boston improved to 12-2 for the first time in franchise history, while the Orioles dropped to 5-10 with the loss.
Here’s how it all went down:
GAME IN A WORD
Saturday’s offensive explosion was typical of what we’ve seen from the Sox over the homestand. Boston now has scored at least six runs in seven straight games, and eight of its last 10 games overall.
IT WAS OVER WHEN…
Martinez cranked a solo home run off Cobb in the third inning.
ON THE BUMP
— Velazquez was great in his second start of the season. If nothing else, the right-hander made a case to remain with the big club after Drew Pomeranz returns to the rotation.
— Joe Kelly pitched a perfect sixth inning, including one strikeout. Now a fan-favorite after his roll in Wednesday’s brawl with the New York Yankees, Kelly left the bullpen to massive cheers from the Fenway crowd.
— Marcus Walden pitched the final three innings to pick up his first career save. The 29-year-old allowed one run on three hits while striking out three.
IN THE BATTER’S BOX
— It was another great day at the dish for the Sox, as they pounded the Orioles with a season-high 15 hits.
— Betts led off the bottom of the first with a walk and quickly was brought home on a double by Andrew Benintendi (2-for-5, three RBI). The play, unfortunately resulted in the collision that knocked Betts out of the game.
— That set the stage for Ramirez, who ripped one over the Green Monster for his third home run of the season.
— Martinez followed by scoring Ramirez on a line drive to center field.
— The Sox broke the game wide open in the fourth inning, thanks to some timely offense and some sloppy defense by the Orioles.
Catcher Sandy Leon and shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin (2-for-4) got the rally started with a pair of singles, sandwiched around a Broke Holt lineout. Blake Swihart (2-for-3, RBI), filling in for Betts at the top of the order, then flew out to left field.
Benintendi then ripped a sharp line drive to right field, scoring both Leon and Lin. Ramirez followed with a run-scoring double, and he later scored after Martinez reached on a throwing error by the typically sure-handed Manny Machado.
— The Orioles picked up a pair of runs in the fifth, but Boston responded in the sixth with another run. Swihart started the inning with a double high off the Monster, and Martinez later brought him home with a two-out single.
— The Red Sox picked up their 10th run of the game when Swihart singled home Holt in the seventh inning.
— Betts and Rafael Devers were the only members of the lineup without a hit.
TWEET OF THE DAY
Jackie Bradley Jr. was up to his old tricks in the sixth inning.
The Red Sox and Orioles will play Game 3 of their four-game series Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. Boston will turn to ace Chris Sale (1-0, 1.06 ERA), while the Orioles will counter with their own ace, Dylan Bundy, who is 0-1 with a 1.35 ERA.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
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