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The Boston Red Sox entered their Wednesday night battle against the Detroit Tigers looking for their fourth straight win. Despite Mookie Betts remaining on the disabled list, the Boston Red Sox offense came to life. Andrew Benintendi, Christian Vazquez, and friends knocked Tigers starter, Blaine Hardy, around, while Eduardo Rodriguez put together another solid outing. In all, the Red Sox earned their 43rd win of the season, beating the Detroit Tigers 7-1
Andrew Benintendi, Christian Vazquez Lead Boston Red Sox to Victory
Despite the final score favoring the Red Sox, the Detroit Tigers actually managed to draw first blood. The damage started in the second inning when left fielder JaCoby Jones launched a triple down the left field line. Old friend Jose Iglesias knocked in Jones with a single up the middle to make it a 1-0 game.
However, the Red Sox did not trail for long. Boston began their rally in the bottom of the third inning when Rafael Devers beat out a ground ball for an infield single. Christian Vazquez followed that up with a towering double off the Green Monster, driving in Devers to tie the score. After Jackie Bradley Jr.got hit by pitch, Andrew Benintendi then drove a double to the left-center gap, driving home Vazquez and putting Bradley on second. Xander Bogaertswanted in on the fun, and added a two-run double of his own, making it 4-1.
Two innings later, Benintendi struck again. The young outfielder has been on an absolute tear of late, this time driving a solo shot into the Red Sox bullpen. Benintendi’s 10th home run of the season make it a 5-1 game.
Eduardo Rodriguez began the top of the sixth, but couldn’t quite finish it. The lefty retired two batters and left men on first and second before Heath Hembree took over. Hembree walked the first batter he faced to load the bases, but ultimately got out of the frame without allowing any damage.
Matt Barnescame in for the seventh and made the 5-1 game a lot more interesting than it should have been. After recording two quick outs, Barnes loaded the bases and brought the tying run to the plate. However, despite the scare, Barnes was able to induce an inning-ending groundout to escape the jam.
Vazquez led off the bottom of the seventh and took a hack at the first pitch he saw. The catcher got all of it, launching the baseball over the Green Monster to make it a 6-1 game.
The Sox added on another run in the 8th, but the game was essentially over with that Vazquez moonshot. The Boston Red Sox advanced to 43-19 on the season with the 7-1 victory. The Red Sox will play the series finale tomorrow, as Jalen Beeks will make his long-anticipated major league debut.