Six-Run Inning Propels Red Sox to Victory
The Boston Red Sox ended their losing streak in dramatic fashion on Monday. After falling down 4-0 early in the game, Xander Bogaerts and company put together a six-run third inning to earn their 12th win of the season, 9-4. Eduardo Rodriguez took the mound for the Red Sox and Frankie Montas did the same for the Athletics.
Red Sox Win Behind Six-Run Third Inning
Eduardo Rodriguez took the mound for the Red Sox and immediately ran into trouble. After a scoreless first inning, Rodriguez allowed four runs in the second inning, highlighted by a Matt Chapman two-run double. The Red Sox hadn’t done anything offensively up until that point, so the defending World Champions had a big deficit to erase.
Fortunately, the Red Sox got to work in the bottom of the third inning. Christian Vazquez scored the first run of the inning thanks to a Mookie Betts single. J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, and Michael Chavis also drove in runs during the inning to make it a 6-4 affair after three.
Eduardo Rodriguez ran into some trouble midway through the fifth and couldn’t finish the inning. The lefty finished his night pitching 4.2 innings while allowing seven hits, four runs, and walking two while striking out seven. Heath Hembree took over and got out of the inning without allowing any further damage.
The bullpen pitched the final 4.1 frames and had a masterful day. Colten Brewer, Brandon Workman, Ryan Brasier, Hector Velazquez, and Matt Barnes combined to allow just one hit and five walks while striking out three. Oakland’s offense stayed quiet throughout the night and didn’t score a single run after the second inning.
The Red Sox offense, meanwhile, continued to show life. Michael Chavis continued his impressive rookie season, adding yet another RBI single in the fifth inning. Jackie Bradley Jr. got in on the fun, singling to center in the seventh inning to score Rafael Devers. J.D. Martinez closed out the night with a sacrifice fly to center to score Andrew Benintendi.