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J.D. hits 30 and 31 to regain MLB HR lead

Swihart, Betts add back-to-back shots for Red Sox
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BALTIMORE -- J.D. Martinez watched Jose Ramirez of the Indians take the MLB home run lead away from him right out of the All-Star break. The Red Sox slugger -- who entered Tuesday with just one hit since his participation in the All-Star festivities -- finally responded. Not once, but twice.

In the first inning of Boston's 7-6 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday night, Martinez sent an 0-1 fastball from Yefry Ramirez, projected at 390 feet by Statcast™, to the opposite field for his 30th homer of the season to open the scoring and tie the Ramirez. Then in the eighth, Martinez connected again on a two-run shot off Mychal Givens to bring the Red Sox to within 7-5.

In between, after Jonathan Schoop's two-run homer gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the third, Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts went back-to-back in the fifth as Boston retook the lead, 3-2. It was Swihart's first home run since Sept. 29, 2015, and Betts' 24th of 2018.

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BALTIMORE -- J.D. Martinez watched Jose Ramirez of the Indians take the MLB home run lead away from him right out of the All-Star break. The Red Sox slugger -- who entered Tuesday with just one hit since his participation in the All-Star festivities -- finally responded. Not once, but twice.

In the first inning of Boston's 7-6 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday night, Martinez sent an 0-1 fastball from Yefry Ramirez, projected at 390 feet by Statcast™, to the opposite field for his 30th homer of the season to open the scoring and tie the Ramirez. Then in the eighth, Martinez connected again on a two-run shot off Mychal Givens to bring the Red Sox to within 7-5.

In between, after Jonathan Schoop's two-run homer gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the third, Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts went back-to-back in the fifth as Boston retook the lead, 3-2. It was Swihart's first home run since Sept. 29, 2015, and Betts' 24th of 2018.

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Video: BOS@BAL: Betts goes back-to-back with his 24th homer

Martinez's first-inning homer also broke a mini-slump for the slugger, who had been 1-for-10 since the Red Sox returned to action in the second half of the season.

Video: BOS@BAL: J.D. Martinez hammers 30th HR of the year

Zachary Silver is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. Follow him on Twitter at @zachsilver .

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