Wednesday, May 30, 2018

E-Rod Delivers Best Start Of The Year, Red Sox Get 11 Hits, Sweep Jays, 6-4

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Eduardo Rodríguez worked fast, threw his devastating change-up a lot, and pitched his best game of 2018 in Boston's 6-4 victory this afternoon. The lefty went 6.2 solid innings, giving up just three hits and two earned runs—while walking just one and striking out seven. The win swept away the Blue Jays from Fenway as the Red Sox head out on the road to face the World Series Champion Astros for four games. Boston smashed out 11 hits on the day, the key blow being J.D. Martinez's 18th home run of the year—a two-run shot tying him for the MLB lead (and breaking a 2-2 tie at the time). Eduardo Nunez was solid as well—also going "yard" and knocking in two runs on the day. Jackie Bradley, Jr. continued his hot streak—going 2-3 and driving in the game's first run. Blake Swihart (in his first career start at first-base) had two hits—as did Andrew Benintendi (now hitting .294 on the year). Thanks to another poor bullpen "bridge" outing, Craig Kimbrel was needed again—and notched his 18th save of 2018.