JD Martinez and the Boston Red Sox are hot right. The team as a whole is at 17-10, first in the AL East. They haven’t won ten in a row or anything, but that’s above where most would have had them. Martinez, however, is on absolute fire a month or so into the season. As we roll into May, he has a Major League-leading nine home runs to show for his efforts. Two of them came in their 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers on this particular evening.
His three-run blast in the top of the first set the tone for the team as Xander Bogaerts added a solo shot of his in the same frame to give them an early 4-0 lead. Martinez then hit his own solo homer in the third to make it 5-1, giving them just about all the insurance they would need on this night. Nate Eovaldi started and was very good for them as well, pitching six innings and allowing just one run and four hits. In other action, AL East rivals New York were also getting a pair of homers from one of their big stars. That star was Aaron Judge. Recently rested, he rested himself on Friday as he hit two homers, including a grand slam, before being pulled from the game in a 10-0 win over the Tigers. Gerrit Cole started and pitched six innings of no-run, four-hit baseball in the win that took the Bronx Bombers a step closer to .500 at 12-14.