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Well, this was certainly a pleasant surprise. The Boston Red Sox have the league’s worst starting pitching ERA in baseball, but Hector Velazquez helped lower it on Sunday afternoon. To be fair, he only pitched three innings, yet they led the groundwork for the rest of the bullpen to shut the Diamondbacks out. It was a 1-0 victory for the Sox.
The maligned Boston bullpen stepped up in a big way. Brandon Workman (1 IP), Marcus Walden (2 IP), Matt Barnes (2 IP) and Ryan Brasier (1 IP) all threw scoreless innings. They picked up a fairly uninspiring Boston offense, which only created five hits on the afternoon.
It was a Mitch Moreland (3) homerun to right field in the 7th inning that was the separator.
The Boston Red Sox finally have an off-day, as they head back to Boston for their Home Opener on Tuesday. It will start at 2:05 p.m. eastern time with Chris Sale making his third start of the year. Also, look for Dustin Pedroia to potentially make his 2019 debut.