Saturday, June 23, 2018

J.D. And Sox In 'Cruz' Control, Overcome 5-Run Deficit, Smite Mariners, 14-10

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Hopefully, you stayed up for this one. Truthfully, no one would have criticized you if you headed to bed with Boston down 10-5 in the bottom of the fifth. From that point, the slow but steady comeback ensued. Boston scored nine unanswered runs the rest of the way for a stunning 14-10 win over Seattle. The victory came despite Nelson Cruz going 4-5 with seven of the ten Mariner RBIs. Boston's own stud—J.D. Martinez—nearly matched Cruz, going 4-5 with five RBIs (including his 23rd HR). Martinez now has an astounding 60 RBIs on the season. The Red Sox overcame deficits of 4-0 (in the first inning) and 10-5, to post their MLB-leading 51st win. The pitching in this one was virtually non-existent—with Steven Wright giving up an unheard of 10 earned runs in just 3.1 innings of work. In addition to J.D.'s four hits, Mitch Moreland and Rafael Devers each had three. In Boston's 20-hit attack, other multiple-hit games came from: Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt and Christian Vazquez. The win pulled the Red Sox to within one game of The Pinstriped Posers in the AL East.