Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 9-4

BOSTON—Victor Martinez had five hits, including a career-high four doubles -- one of them to break a sixth-inning tie after Oakland walked the bases loaded -- and the Boston Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Athletics 9-4 on Tuesday night.

John Lackey (6-3) spotted the A's a 4-0 lead before Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer in the fifth. In the sixth, Bill Hall reached on a leadoff walk and then Darnell McDonald and Marco Scutaro both tried to sacrif...

After John Lackey walked off the mound at the end of the sixth inning last night, Victor Martinez made sure to give a little verbal boost to his pitcher. The catcher knew how hard Lackey had worked, how many pitches he’d had to throw just to keep his teammates in a game that could have spun out of control. He knew how many runners had reached for the A’s, how many Lackey had kept from scoring. So Martinez made him a little promise.

“He told me to hang in there, said he ...

Oakland manager Bob Geren was already on his second relief pitcher when Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez came to the plate in the sixth inning last night with a runner on third and two outs.

Martinez has hit lefthanders extraordinarily well this season. But with the score tied, Geren took a chance and allowed lefty Craig Breslow to stay in the game.

What was Martinez thinking as he came to the plate?

“Bring it on,’’ he said. “They’re doing whatever they need to do....