4 home runs lead way for the first win in the post-Hanley era in Boston.
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On a night highlighted by the induction of the 2018 class into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, the current Red Sox dominated the Atlanta Braves 6-2 behind a strong pitching performance by Eduardo Rodriguez and some big home runs.
After getting down 2-0 on a Nick Markakis double, the Sox tied the game in the 4th inning on a couple of solo home runs by JD Martinez and Xander Bogaerts. JD Martinez smashed his 16th of the year to pull even with Mookie Betts for the league lead. However, Mookie clearly doesn’t like sharing the lead because that tie only lasted 3 innings. He hit a 2-run shot in the 7th inning to extend the lead to 5-2.
As the new everyday first baseman with the dismissal of Hanley Ramirez, Mitch Moreland responded to the promotion with a home run of his own to dead center. Jackie Bradley Jr. added a triple and scored on an Andrew Benintendi sac fly.
On the mound, E-Rod was very solid. He tossed 5.2 innings and allowed only 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 7. The bullpen did a great job at holding the lead, as Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, and Craig Kimbrel each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
The Red Sox are now 9-1 in games started by E-Rod, who is putting together a very respectable season. The Red Sox look to continue this hot streak Saturday afternoon, as Drew Pomeranz tries to get it together.
As always, Go Sox!