June 6, 2018 / 2:19 AM / 6 months ago

Martinez blasts 20th HR as Red Sox shut out Tigers

EditorsNote: updates to add “and the Cleveland Indians’ Jose Ramirez” in second graf

J.D. Martinez became the majors’ first 20-home run hitter this season as his two-run blast against his old team helped the host Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-0 to open a three-game series Tuesday night.

Martinez, a staple in the Tigers’ lineup from 2014 to 2017, broke a tie for the major league lead in homers with the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout and the Cleveland Indians’ Jose Ramirez. Xander Bogaerts added a solo homer, his ninth of the year for Boston.

Steven Wright (2-0) allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings with three walks and six strikeouts in his first start this year for Boston. Nicholas Castellanos (2-for-4) had both of the Tigers’ hits against Wright.

The Red Sox have won three straight games and 12 of their last 16.

Tigers starter Artie Lewicki (0-1) suffered his first major league loss in his second career start after surrendering four runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

Detroit, which had won nine of 13, lost for the third time in four games.

Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario exited in the fourth with a jammed middle finger on his right hand that he sustained on an errant throw to first that allowed Martinez to reach. X-rays came back negative.

Martinez’s estimated 431-foot blast off the light pole in left-center opened the scoring three batters into the Red Sox’s first. Bogaerts’ fifth-inning homer into the Tigers’ bullpen in right made it 5-0.

Eduardo Nunez, Rafael Devers and Brock Holt each added an RBI for Boston.

Detroit’s Leonys Martin was thrown out at home trying to score from first on Castellanos’ first-inning double.

Before the game, the Red Sox placed left-hander Drew Pomeranz (left biceps tendinitis) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled righty Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket. Detroit optioned righty reliever Sandy Baez to Double-A Erie.

Tigers lefty Blaine Hardy (2-0, 2.77 ERA) opposes Red Sox southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez (6-1, 3.88) Wednesday night.

—Field Level Media

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