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The Red Sox are playing like the best team in baseball with a roaring comeback against the Oakland A’s to win 9-4.
While John Lackey struggled through six innings, his teammates backed him up and piled up nine runs against Gio Gonzalez and the Oakland bullpen. The Red Sox collected 14 hits and unlike their counterparts in the visiting bullpen, the Red Sox relief corps held the A’s scoreless for three innings, giving up just one hit.
A’s first baseman Daric Barton hit a two run shot in the third and Jack Cust, who has come back from being designated for assignment, hit a run-scoring double in the fifth. Two batters later, Cust himself scored on a double by second baseman Mark Ellis.
Adrian Beltre got things going in the fifth inning, blasting a three run homer, his sixth of the season. The third baseman is up to .342/.373/.515 on the season with 37 RBIs.
Once the parade started, the Red Sox scored at least one run each inning for the rest of the game.
As cold as Martinez was to start the year, he’s equally as hot now, going five-for-five with four doubles, two runs and two RBIs.
John Lackey struggled again, giving up four runs in six innings. He did get out of a bases loaded jam to limit the damage until the bullpen and the Sox offense came to his rescue.
W: John Lackey (6-3)
L: Gio Gonzalez (5-3)