Red Sox overtake Brewers, recovery final with 7-2 win


BOSTON (AP) — JD Martinez has thought about the possibility that Sunday will be his last game for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

“I’m not blind,” he said. “I know what’s going on.”

Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Christian Vázquez had RBI braces that helped tumble Boston to a 7-2 victory Sunday over the Milwaukee Brewers. All three could be in their final season with the Red Sox, who have just four wins in 17 games heading into Tuesday’s trade deadline.

“I’ve been in this situation before. No need to stress about it,” Martinez said.

Martinez and Vázquez are eligible for free agency and Bogaerts can opt out of his contract.

“Memories,” Martinez said of what it meant to wear a Red Sox hat with a “B” on the front. “A top notch organization. I watch it and I think about winning”

Vázquez has played his entire career in the Boston organization.

“We’re still here,” he said. “We can control what we can control. We are here fighting together. … We’ll see what happens in the next few days. We are still here with this uniform and I hope we can stay here.

Boston, which recorded a season-high eight doubles, was 3-7 on a home season and 8-19 in July.

Former Red Sox outfielder Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run homer against the Green Monster for the second straight day and went 4-for-4 for NL Central leaders Milwaukee, who lost only for the second time in nine games since the all-star break.

“We had a chance to expand the lead,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s two out of three and move on to the next set.”

Josh Winckowski (4-5) allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings, becoming Boston’s first starter to win in 30 games — the longest streak for the majors since the Mariners went 33 games in 1979.

Trailing 2-0, Boston hit with five unearned runs in the fifth against Aaron Ashby (2-9) on back-to-back RBI doubles from Bogaerts, Martinez, Vázquez and Alex Verdugo. Bogaerts made two points with a drive down the left field line. Verdugo’s hit was on Hoby Milner.

The inning was extended because second baseman Kolten Wong dropped shortstop Willy Adames’ throw on a forced play attempt.

“It’s a tough catch, it’s a runaway player throwing 50 feet and it’s just kind to your ankles,” Counsell said. “Difficult game, I hope to succeed.”

The Red Sox added two more runs in the sixth when Jackie Bradley Jr. hit an RBI double and scored on Jaylin Davis’ single.

Renfroe hit his 19th homer. He turned 31 last year in his only season with Boston and was dealt to the Brewers in November.


Despite his team’s struggles, Red Sox manager Alex Cora feels he’s lucky to be back in baseball after being suspended for the 2020 season for his role in the Astros’ cheating scandal in 2017 while he was their bench coach.

“I was in a deeper hole two years ago and I promised myself that if I came back to work I was going to enjoy it until someone said you had to go home,” a- he said before the game. “I put myself in this situation in 2020, I was suspended for what we did in 2017 and I paid the price. I’m lucky that this organization gave me the chance to come back and I will enjoy every day.


Cora changed his batting order, moving Davis to front row and Bogaerts to 2 holes ahead of Martinez, with Vázquez cleaning up.


Brewers: 3B Luis Urías was hit in the back of his left hand by a 92.9mph throw from Winckowski but stayed.

Red Sox: Reliever Garrett Whitlock was hit in the back of the right leg on a ground ball by Urías but stayed after a few warm-ups. … Cora said All-Star 3B Rafael Devers (disabled list, right hamstring) should be in the lineup Tuesday.


Brewers: Open a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Tuesday when RHP Corbin Burnes (8-4, 2.31 ERA) is expected to start.

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-3, 4.43) is set to start for Boston on Monday as he begins a three-game series in Houston. RHP Luis Garcia (8-6, 3.81) is ready for the Astros.


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