Martinez 2 HRs, leads majors with 9, as Red Sox beat Rangers

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Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Texas Rangers starting pitcher Kohei Arihara, Martinez's second homer of the night, during the third inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, April 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — J.D. Martinez homered twice and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 6-1. Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers also went deep off Texas starter Kohei Arihara. Martinez hit a three-run homer after the first two batters of the game walked, and Bogaerts followed with a homer to quickly make it 4-0. Martinez hit his MLB-best ninth homer and got his league-best 25th RBI when he went deep again in the third. Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi improved to 4-2. The right-hander allowed one run on four singles over six innings.