Martinez (28th homer) leads Red Sox to 5-0 win over Rangers

BOSTON (AP) J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 28th home run. Mookie Betts had two hits and a running catch in center field. Mitch Moreland made an over-the-shoulder grab. Even Andrew Benintendi, who is still trying to earn a spot in the All-Star Game, had a pair of hits.

The Boston Red Sox have a lineup stocked with All-Stars, and they're playing like it.

''There's so many ways this team can win every night,'' Martinez said after helping the Red Sox win their seventh straight game, 5-0 over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

''Our whole team's been really consistent,'' said Martinez, one of five Boston players named to the AL roster in next week's All-Star Game. ''You know what you're going to get when you come to the ballpark every night.''

Martinez hit a three-run homer, Steve Pearce added a two-run shot and Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 5 2/3 innings as Boston won for the 14th time in 17 games. The Red Sox ended the day with a 2 1/2-game lead in the AL East - their biggest since April - over the New York Yankees, who split a doubleheader in Baltimore.

''Mookie, Benny, now it's getting fun,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said. ''Those guys are getting on base a lot. And J.D.'s getting pitches to hit.''

Pearce, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays last month, lined a 3-2 pitch into the Monster Seats with two outs in the first inning to make it 2-0. It stayed that way until Betts and Benintendi singled to lead off the eighth and Martinez put one into the Monster Seats to give the Red Sox a 5-0 lead.

That was plenty for five Red Sox pitchers, who combined on a five-hitter.

Rodriguez (11-3) held Texas hitless until Adrian Beltre singled with one out in the fourth. He allowed just three singles and three walks, striking out five.

No one made it past second base for the Rangers until Robinson Chirinos tripled to lead off the seventh, but he was stranded there when Brandon Workman struck out Joey Gallo and then retired Delino Deshields and Elvis Andrus on groundouts.

''When you're playing a team like this, you have to capitalize on your opportunities,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ''And we didn't do that tonight.''

Mike Minor (6-5) allowed Pearce's homer in the first and was charged with two runs on six hits, striking out four in 5 1/3 innings for his first loss since May. The Rangers have lost five of their last seven.

''The first inning I was behind on everybody and couldn't throw it where I wanted to,'' Minor said. ''I felt good. My arm felt good. I just didn't make quality pitches early.''

ALL-STARS I

Betts made a running catch on Andrus' line drive to left-center in the fifth. Betts, who played center field for just the fifth game all season, was elected to the All-Star Game for the third straight year. He also had a ground-rule double to center in the fifth and a single to lead off the eighth.

ALL-STARS II

In their first game since the All-Star selections were announced, the Red Sox played all three regulars who chosen. Closer Craig Kimbrel sat back down after Martinez's homer; Chris Sale is scheduled to start on Wednesday.

Benintendi is among those eligible for the final spot to be determined by a fan vote. The Red Sox campaigned for him by writing (hash)VoteBenny in chalk in the dirt behind home plate. He had a double, a single and struck out twice.

MOVING UP I

Beltre, the active major league leader in hits, moved past Dave Winfield and into 20th place on the career list with his fourth-inning single. He now has 3,111, four behind Alex Rodriguez at No. 19.

MOVING UP II

The Rangers activated RHP Corey Gearrin a day after he was acquired from San Francisco along with OF Austin Jackson and RHP Jason Bahr. Austin Bibens-Dirx was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to open a spot on the roster.

Gearrin got five outs, striking out one batter.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox C Christian Vazquez will need surgery on his right pinky and is expected to be out 6-8 weeks. He was placed on the disabled list Sunday.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Yoviani Gallardo (3-0, 8.17) makes the start in the second game of the series on Tuesday night.

Red Sox: RHP Hector Velazquez (6-0) was announced as the Game 2 starter after Monday night's game.

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  • W: E. Rodriguez (11-3)L: M. Minor (6-5)
  • HR: BOS - S. Pearce (5), J. Martinez (28)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Andrus SS40000002.248.315.357.6710.0
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A. Beltre DH40100012.294.357.411.7680.5
R. Odor 2B40100032.236.313.366.678-0.5
J. Profar 1B30100111.247.328.441.7701.5
I. Kiner-Falefa 3B30000114.251.324.348.6720.5
R. Chirinos C40100001.204.311.421.7323.0
R. Rua LF20000001.189.223.340.5630.0
a- J. Gallo PH-LF20000011.187.293.443.736-0.5
  • a-struck out for Rua in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts CF41200001.344.433.6741.1074.0
A. Benintendi LF41200021.296.380.518.8983.0
J. Martinez RF42231002.331.394.6541.04710.0
S. Pearce DH41221002.330.381.573.9538.0
X. Bogaerts SS40000021.277.351.512.863-1.0
M. Moreland 1B40000001.283.353.517.8700.0
E. Nunez 2B30000000.256.286.370.6560.0
R. Devers 3B30000020.243.292.427.719-1.0
S. Leon C30100000.252.293.389.6821.0
    BATTING
    • 3B - R. Chirinos
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (24), A. Benintendi (23)
    • HR - J. Martinez (28), S. Pearce (5)
    • RBI - J. Martinez 3 (77), S. Pearce 2 (21)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Pearce 2 (10)
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Devers (19)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Minor (L, 6-5)5.16220414.561.204.0
    C. Gearrin1.20000103.981.453.5
    J. Chavez1.03330113.691.19-2.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Minor (L, 6-5)5.1
    C. Gearrin1.2
    J. Chavez1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez (W, 11-3)5.23003503.621.2518.5
    H. Hembree (H, 11)0.10000103.551.210.5
    B. Workman (H, 2)1.01000101.880.842.5
    J. Kelly (H, 18)1.01000203.321.083.0
    R. Brasier1.00000000.000.003.0
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez (W, 11-3)5.2
    H. Hembree (H, 11)0.1
    B. Workman (H, 2)1.0
    J. Kelly (H, 18)1.0
    R. Brasier1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 93-61, C. Gearrin 22-15, J. Chavez 24-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 4-8, C. Gearrin 3-1, J. Chavez 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Minor 22, C. Gearrin 5, J. Chavez 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 105-68, H. Hembree 5-4, B. Workman 15-9, J. Kelly 14-9, R. Brasier 14-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 7-6, B. Workman 2-0, J. Kelly 1-0
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 24, H. Hembree, B. Workman 4, J. Kelly 4, R. Brasier 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    D. DeShields CF40000012.218.315.290.605-0.5
    E. Andrus SS40000002.248.315.357.6710.0
    N. Mazara RF30100110.270.333.454.7871.5
    A. Beltre DH40100012.294.357.411.7680.5
    R. Odor 2B40100032.236.313.366.678-0.5
    J. Profar 1B30100111.247.328.441.7701.5
    I. Kiner-Falefa 3B30000114.251.324.348.6720.5
    R. Chirinos C40100001.204.311.421.7323.0
    R. Rua LF20000001.189.223.340.5630.0
    a- J. Gallo PH-LF20000011.187.293.443.736-0.5
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    • a-struck out for Rua in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts CF41200001.344.433.6741.1074.0
    A. Benintendi LF41200021.296.380.518.8983.0
    J. Martinez RF42231002.331.394.6541.04710.0
    S. Pearce DH41221002.330.381.573.9538.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40000021.277.351.512.863-1.0
    M. Moreland 1B40000001.283.353.517.8700.0
    E. Nunez 2B30000000.256.286.370.6560.0
    R. Devers 3B30000020.243.292.427.719-1.0
    S. Leon C30100000.252.293.389.6821.0
    Total335952068-----
      BATTING
      • 3B - R. Chirinos
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (24), A. Benintendi (23)
      • HR - J. Martinez (28), S. Pearce (5)
      • RBI - J. Martinez 3 (77), S. Pearce 2 (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Pearce 2 (10)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Devers (19)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Minor (L, 6-5)5.16220414.561.204.0
      C. Gearrin1.20000103.981.453.5
      J. Chavez1.03330113.691.19-2.5
      Total8.0955062---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Minor (L, 6-5)5.1
      C. Gearrin1.2
      J. Chavez1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (W, 11-3)5.23003503.621.2518.5
      H. Hembree (H, 11)0.10000103.551.210.5
      B. Workman (H, 2)1.01000101.880.842.5
      J. Kelly (H, 18)1.01000203.321.083.0
      R. Brasier1.00000000.000.003.0
      Total9.0500390---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (W, 11-3)5.2
      H. Hembree (H, 11)0.1
      B. Workman (H, 2)1.0
      J. Kelly (H, 18)1.0
      R. Brasier1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 93-61, C. Gearrin 22-15, J. Chavez 24-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 4-8, C. Gearrin 3-1, J. Chavez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Minor 22, C. Gearrin 5, J. Chavez 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 105-68, H. Hembree 5-4, B. Workman 15-9, J. Kelly 14-9, R. Brasier 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 7-6, B. Workman 2-0, J. Kelly 1-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 24, H. Hembree, B. Workman 4, J. Kelly 4, R. Brasier 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Martinez homered to left center, Betts and Benintendi scored05
      • 1ST INNING
        Pearce homered to left, Martinez scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ryan Brasier relieved Joe Kelly
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa lined out to right
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chirinos popped out to first
        • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gallo lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Kelly relieved Brandon Workman
        • N. Mazara: Mazara singled to left center
        • A. Beltre: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
        • J. Profar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Profar grounded into fielder's choice to second, Mazara out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jesse Chavez relieved Cory Gearrin
        • M. Betts: Betts singled to center
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Benintendi singled to right, Betts to second
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Martinez homered to left center, Betts and Benintendi scored
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pearce grounded out to shortstop
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland flied out to left
        • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Brandon Workman relieved Heath Hembree
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos tripled to deep center
        • Joey Gallo hit for Ryan Rua
        • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, DeShields grounded out to third
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Andrus grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Gearrin Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Nunez grounded out to first
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers grounded out to second
        • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Leon flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Mazara grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Foul, Beltre grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Odor: Odor singled to left
        • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Profar walked, Odor to second
        • Heath Hembree relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez grounded out to third
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pearce singled to left center
        • Cory Gearrin relieved Mike Minor
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Moreland grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chirinos safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error
        • R. Rua: Foul, Strike swinging, Rua reached on fielder's choice to third, Chirinos out at second
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Foul, DeShields lined out to shortstop
        • E. Andrus: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Andrus flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Leon grounded out to third
        • M. Betts: Betts doubled to deep center
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Beltre singled to right
        • R. Odor: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
        • J. Profar: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Profar singled to right, Beltre to second
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts lined out to center
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moreland lined out to center
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Nunez popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • R. Rua: Strike looking, Foul, Rua flied out to left
        • D. DeShields: Foul, Ball, Foul, DeShields lined out to second
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Andrus grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Ball, Leon singled to shallow left
        • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts popped out to first
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Benintendi doubled to deep center, Leon to third
        • J. Martinez: Martinez flied out to center
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pearce grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Profar struck out looking
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa walked
        • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Moreland grounded out to second
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez popped out to second
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mazara walked
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Beltre lined out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts lined out to left
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez singled to center
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pearce homered to left, Martinez scored
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Bogaerts lined out to left
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)