Best Start Ever!: Red Sox crush Orioles to reach record 12-2


He is 0-1 through three starts but has managed to get deep into games.

Not even a fastball to the hands could interrupt his momentum.

Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts?left Saturday's game against the Baltimore Orioles after suffering a left foot contusion on a play at home plate. Martinez did big damage in limited action against the Orioles last season, belting three homers with eight RBI's in seven at bats, and he went 2 for 4 with an RBI in Friday's win.

As for Xander Bogaerts (ankle), Cora said the shortstop is feeling better and will "most likely" travel with the team on the nine-game road trip that starts Tuesday at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. "The lineup is good. We're proud of what they're doing right now".

This could be a good pitching matchup as Sale should have a good start against a poor lineup and Bundy has looked strong in his three starts.

The BoSox will put the ball in the hands of righty Hector Velazquez (1-0, 3.12 ERA), who started 3 games a year ago and finished the season 3-1 overall with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.

The six starters the Sox have used through 14 games have combined to post a 2.08 ERA, easily the best in the majors. He kept the O's scoreless until the fifth inning. By then, the Red Sox offense had already put up eight runs.

A career career 5-1 record and 3.15 ERA at Fenway Park coming into the day didn't carry over on Saturday for Cobb.

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Alex Cobb knew that the Boston Red Sox would present a hard opening-act challenge, but the Orioles right-hander was confident he had done everything he could to be ready for the American League's most productive lineup over the season's first few weeks. He initially stayed in the game and had another at-bat in the second inning, but was replaced by Blake Swihart before the top of the fourth.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski fielded questions about Ramirez as early as the general managers' meetings last November.

But Cobb is more than ready to credit the Red Sox hitters.

With one out in the third, Cobb started J.D.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora understandably is pleased with the production he's getting from the middle of the order.

"You know when you visit someone and they're confident and they tell you things you want to hear?" "I still remember, I saw him in that clinic in Miami and he was doing his rehab and the first thing he said was, 'You don't have to worry about me". Boston has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total went over in four of those seven. But he's going to be a real contributor for us.

" ... When (Ramirez) is locked in, when he's healthy, he's very unsafe". Cobb left a hanging breaking ball up and Martinez flicked it into the Sox' bullpen. Andrew Benintendi's RBI double to left and a Hanley Ramirez laser into the Monster Seats for a two-run homer made it 3-0, a quick Red Sox lead that only grew with the passage of time.

"We got some guys that can drive the ball all over the place", Cora said after the game. "This is the best team in the world, hitting right now, and you're never going to get ready for that".