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After losing back to back heartbreaking games against the Seattle Mariners, the Red Sox needed a win to split the four-game series with the Seattle. Fortunately, the Red Sox offense came to play today and Eduardo Rodriguez was his usual reliable self. A five run third inning and another strong start from E-Rod propelled the Red Sox to a 9-3 win
Five Run Third Inning Powers Sox to Victory
The game was a pitcher’s duel until the top of the third inning. After retiring the first two batters of the innings, Mariners starter Mike Leake ran into some trouble with the heart of the order. Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts hit back to back singles, and J.D. Martinez walked to load the bases. Mitch Moreland, who has been in something of a slump recently, drove a single up the middle to drive in Benintendi and Bogaerts.
Rafael Devers followed that up with a towering home run to right field. It was a no-doubter right off the bat, going deep to make it a 5-0. Devers has been heating up lately, and his growth should bring this Red Sox offense to a whole new level.
Eduardo Rodriguez took the mound for the Red Sox and had one of the most Eduardo Rodriguez starts ever. He was rock solid through three innings before giving up an absolute bomb to Nelson Cruz to make it 5-1. The next inning, some solid Seattle hitting and poor defense by Devers led to the Mariners loading the bases with no outs. Eddie, however, managed to work out of the jam while allowing just one run to cross the plate.
Eddie’s finished his night going six innings, allowing two runs while striking out nine. He threw 112 pitches, and he’ll need to lower that if he’s to become a top arm in the rotation. However, Eddie still put together a great start and once again put the Red Sox in a strong position to win.
The Red Sox entered the top of the seventh with a relatively narrow 5-2 lead and decided to open up the game. Jackie Bradley Jr. opened up the frame with a blast to straightaway center to make it a 6-2 game. Bradley’s been incredibly unlucky this year, and this blast was a sign that perhaps he can turn his season around.
Xander Bogaerts followed up Bradley’s blast with a two-run shot of his own. This was Bogaert’s third home run of the series, giving him 12 on the young season. Those two blasts gave the Red Sox an 8-2 lead that they would not relinquish. The final score was 9-3, and the Sox split the series with Seattle. The Sox have Monday off before taking on the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.