Wednesday, July 4, 2018

J.D., Xander And Nunez Unload On Nats Hurlers, Red Sox Roll In D.C., 11-4

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Xander Bogaerts and Eduardo Nunez each clouted three-run home runs, and J.D. Martinez nailed his MLB-leading 26th round-tripper as Boston eviscerated the Nationals 11-4 on Tuesday night. Nine of the eleven runs came off Nats starter Tanner Roark—who looks like a 1970s adult film actor these days. Brian Johnson pitched just well enough to be lifted by Alex Cora after 4.2 innings—denying him an easy win. The lefty gave up two runs on eight hits over that span—and his lead-off hit in the top of the fifth inning sparked a six-run rally that put the game on ice. Martinez also collected four RBIs—upping his MLB-leading total to 71. Steve Pearce had to sub for an injured Mitch Moreland (back spasms) partway through the game and he went 2-4. It was one of those nights where everything offensively went right. The victory keep Boston atop the American League East by one game over The Pinstriped Posers.