Mitch Moreland hits a game-winning walk-off. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- J.D. Martinez became just the fourth Red Sox player to hit 40 homers in his first season with the team when he launched one and drove in four in a 6-5 edging of the Astros last night.
Dick Stuart, Jimmie Foxx, and Manny Ramirez achieved the feat as well.
But, the hero of the night was Mitch Moreland. His walk-off single with two down in the ninth helped Boston lower its magic number to 11 for a third straight division title.
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Sox skipper Alex Cora's just hoping Moreland takes his 2-for-2 day into a hot streak.
"We need this guy to get going offensively, we know how good he is defensively, we know what he did the first two months of the season, so hopefully this is the beginning of something good for him," Cora said.
Moreland entered the game in a 2-26 slump. He's still batting only .186 with a .588 OPS, four homers, and 22 RBI his last 40 games.
Red Sox have the best home winning percentage in the majors at .710. They'll continue their Fenway stand with the Blue Jays tomorrow, and ace Chris Sale's set to be activated from the disabled list, but he'll likely pitch about two innings as he works his way back from shoulder inflammation.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports