Red Sox Beat O's For Franchise-Best 12-2 Start

Red Sox Beat O's For Franchise-Best 12-2 Start

He's 34 years old and coming off one of his worst seasons. A few months removed from arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder, Ramirez already felt locked in even before arriving in Fort Myers.

The Boston Red Sox will look to continue their hot start and push their winning streak to four games after winning their 3rd straight on Saturday.

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

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, Andrew Benintendi had a two-run single and an RBI double, and J.D. Martinez homered for the Red Sox. Martinez hit a solo homer and drove in two runs total for Boston. He put up a 3.94 ERA in five starts against Boston last season, and he stands at 3-4 with a 5.01 ERA in 50.1 career innings against the Red Sox.

"We're doing everything right and having fun", Ramirez said. "We're proud of what they're doing".

Boston starter Hector Velazquez (2-0) earned the victory with five innings of two-run ball, giving up six hits and walking one while striking out five. He kept the O's scoreless until the fifth inning. Bundy posted a solid 3.94 ERA against the Red Sox last season, and he has been outstanding in his three starts this season, plus the under is 5-1-1 in Bundy's last seven starts against the Red Sox.

Alex Cobb made his first start of the season since signing as a free agent with the Orioles and was not sharp.

- Betts left the game after an injury sustained during an ugly home-plate collision in the first inning.

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Then Ramirez stepped up and jacked a hanging slider over the Green Monster for a no-doubter.

One year after finishing last in the American League in home runs, the Red Sox are finding the range.

Safe to say the engine is clicking on all cylinders for new manager Alex Cora.

"I just heard it for the first time". He was 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA for the Rays last season but still went unsigned until late March. "It was exciting to see him out there today". Out of all the guys, for whatever reason he was locked in and he was the guy we were really paying attention to, because he was hitting line drives all over the place.

" ... When (Ramirez) is locked in, when he's healthy, he's very risky".

Christian Vazquez has been almost impossible for Cobb to get out, going 8-for-11 (.727) against him, while J.D. Martinez is 4-for-8 (.500) and Mookie Betts 6-for-20 (.300) with a home run and four RBIs.

"I've been saying it for a while - we've been playing good baseball for a while, regardless of spring training", Cora said. "This is the best team in the world hitting right now, and you're never going to get ready for that". He's only going to get better. Chris Davis and Trey Mancini each went 2 for 4 with a double while Anthony Santander added a two-bagger of his own and Manny Machado and Adam Jones each contributed a base knock to finish the offense for Baltimore in the loss.

Brock Holt and Tzu-Wei Lin each added two hits from the bottom two spots in the order. "We're playing clean and fast and pitching".

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