The Red Sox offense explodes for 11 runs to pick up their 10th win of the year.
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For the first time this season, the Red Sox scored double-digit runs, and while most of that was thanks to the Tigers bullpen not being able to throw strikes, it was still a great win by the score of 11-4.
Eduardo Rodriguez started on the hill for the Sox, and he pitched great, throwing six innings and letting up just one run on two hits while striking out seven. He picked up his second win of the season and just the third win by any Red Sox starter this year.
The offense really showed up on Wednesday night, as eight of the nine players in the Red Sox lineup recorded RBIs. Rafael Devers opened the scoring in the second inning with an RBI single. Christian Vazquez would add an RBI single of his own in the same inning. Then, there were no runs scored until the bottom of the fifth when Mookie Betts slammed an RBI double off the Green Monster and J.D. Martinez followed that up with an RBI single to make the score 4-0. (He also hit a ball so hard that it got stuck in the garage door in left field.)
JD Martinez hit a grounder down the left field line and the ball got stuck between the garage door and frame. Ground rule double, it is. pic.twitter.com/mfzfofM2Oo
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The Tigers would pick up one run in the sixth, but then the Red Sox put the game away by hanging a seven spot in the eighth inning. The Tigers bullpen couldn’t find the zone that inning, as they hit a batter and walked five others, including three with the bases loaded. Andrew Benintendi hit an RBI double in the inning, and Jackie Bradley Jr. broke out of his slump to record a two-run single as well. When the dust settled, it was 11-1 Red Sox.
Tyler Thornburg came out for the ninth inning, and he had a bit of trouble closing out the game. He allowed the Tigers to score three runs, all with two outs, before finally striking out Niko Goodrum to end the game. The Red Sox moved to 10-15 with the win while the Tigers fell to 12-11 with the loss.
This was the first real lopsided victory of the season for the Sox, and they will hope to keep it going tomorrow, when they close out the four game series. Rick Porcello will be facing off with Jordan Zimmermann as they both look for their first wins of the season. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.