Earlier this week, Xander Bogaerts was joking about how he does not have a single home run this season.
Friday, he found himself knocking his third homer in his past four games, as a 3-RBI night, which included a 2-run long ball and an RBI single would help the Red Sox defeat the Mariners.
JD Martinez would homer in the bottom half of the third. Followed by the Red Sox picking up two runs off of a bases loaded chance in the fifth, and a JD Martinez solo shot roped opposite field around the pesky pole to give the Red Sox their sixth run of the game.
Martin Perez did not make it out of the fourth inning though, allowing two runs off four hits, four walks and he fanned three in just 3.2 innings of work.
The Red Sox pitching staff would not allow another run though until the ninth. Alex Verdugo would make an unbelievable throw in the top of the fifth, making a bare-handed grab off the wall and then casually throwing it on to third for the outfield assist.
Sawamura would pick up the win for the Red Sox, as it would be the Japanese-born rookie’s first ever win at the big league level. He tossed a scoreless inning and got Perez out of the fourth.
Whitlock would notch 2.1 scoreless innings of work, and Ottavino would pick up two outs as well. But Matt Barnes, with two outs in the top of the ninth, Kyle Seager lifted a three run big fly, but Barnes would hold on, and the Red Sox captured the win.
The bullpen was tested early on, but the bullpen allowed just three runs in 5.1 innings of work, and the three runs came solely off of Matt Barnes in the ninth.
Nate Eovaldi will face Chris Flexen Saturday, in game three of the series. Gametime is 1PM EST on NESN.
PHOTO VIA BILLIE WEISS