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Riding 'cue,' Martinez remains red-hot at plate

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BOSTON -- J.D. Martinez is in a stretch where he is getting on base every game, and also rounding the bases for a home run in many of them.

The slugger continued his recent tear with a two-run rocket to center that gave his team an early three-run lead en route to a 6-4 victory over the Athletics on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

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BOSTON -- J.D. Martinez is in a stretch where he is getting on base every game, and also rounding the bases for a home run in many of them.

The slugger continued his recent tear with a two-run rocket to center that gave his team an early three-run lead en route to a 6-4 victory over the Athletics on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

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Martinez's 12th homer of the season came with one out in the bottom of the first, landing off the back wall in center where the Green Monster intersects with the bleachers.

A shot like that from Martinez has been par for the course of late. Martinez has reached base a career-high 21 consecutive games, slashing .397/.466/.731 over that stretch. He has homers in three of his last four games, and seven of his last 14.

"I mean, I have a cue that I'm riding right now, so I'm kind of just riding that out right now and it kind of seems to be working," Martinez said.

That's a bit of an understatement. Martinez is on fire.

"That's special," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora.

"Keep it going," said Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts. "I always tell [Eduardo Nunez] that I have to be ready. Normally I'm a guy that gets to the on-deck circle a little bit later. With J.D., I have to get there early, because he swings at the first pitch and gets a hit. I have to be there earlier and get my stuff going so I can hit. There was a streak [where] he was just swinging at the first pitch and getting hits and bombs. It's pretty amazing."

Martinez's home run was on an 2-1, 85.3-mph changeup by Athletics right-hander Trevor Cahill, leaving Martinez's bat with an exit velocity of 106.4 mph and a projected distance of 422 feet, according to Statcast™.

Clearly, Martinez is thriving at Fenway Park, even if he isn't a pull hitter.

The right-handed hitter has a line of .371/.410/.714 at home with six homers and 20 RBIs.

"I've always kind of liked it," Martinez said of Fenway. "I wish right field was a little closer, but that's part of it. Like I said at the beginning when everybody asked me about the Green Monster and what am I going to do with the wall. I'm going to do me. I'm not going to worry about that wall. That's a trap, I feel like."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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