The Red Sox picked up a 7-1 win over the Royals Saturday after Martin Perez tossed five strong innings only allowing one run.
Perez only allowed three hits, while walking two and striking out three. The left-hander bounces back from allowing five runs through not even two innings. Perez’ season ERA moves to 4.36, while he picked up his fifth win of the year to make him 5-4.
The Red Sox bullpen only allowed four hits through four innings of work, along with no walks and four strikeouts. Garrett Whitlock tossed the sixth and seventh, and would hand it over to Hirokazu Sawamura who threw a 1-2-3 frame.
Brandon Workman finished the job in the ninth to cap off the Red Sox’ 43rd victory of the season.
The Red Sox plated seven runs to lead them to victory Saturday night. Boston opened the floodgates early after Xander Bogaerts hit an RBI single in the first inning to drive in Alex Verdugo, who doubled.
It was the fifth inning that was the big outlier, as the Red Sox Bobby Dalbec knocked in Kike Hernandez with a triple to make it 2-1, and Danny Santana plated Dalbec despite grounding out.
J.D. Martinez cranked a two-run homer for the Red Sox’ fourth run of the inning, making it 5-1.
Bobby Dalbec capped off a great day at the plate with a two-run big fly in the ninth to make it 7-1. The rookie went 3-for-3, along with being hit by a pitch. He was a double shy of the cycle while knocking in three runs.