Eduardo Rodriguez was facing a character-building start. After getting shelled in his last outing for nine earned runs, the young lefty tossed 6.1 solid innings—mixing a 96-MPH fastball with an 86 MPH change-up. The mix kept the Royals off-balance all night in Boston's 7-3 win. Mookie Betts led a balanced Red Sox attack with four hits. Multiple hit games also came from Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez (including his 14th HR), Blake Swihart (2 RBIs) and Mike Napoli. The Carmine Hose got their 30th win of the year—still 9 games under .500.