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Martinez blasts 20th, Wright goes seven strong innings as Sox shut out Tigers

Field Level Media
June 05. 2018 10:54PM
Boston starter Steven Wright pitches during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

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 Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout. Xander Bogaerts added a solo homer, his ninth of the year for Boston.

Martinez’s estimated 431-foot blast off the light pole in left-center opened the scoring three batters into the Red Sox’s first inning.

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.

Pomeranz on DL

The Red Sox placed left-hander Drew Pomeranz on the 10-day disabled list. Pomeranz is battling left biceps tendinitis. The move was retroactive to June 2.

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