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Eduardo Rodriguez quiets Tigers in rain-shortened outing

Amin Touri
July 05, 2019 - 9:31 pm

Looking to return some consistency to a starting rotation lacking it top to bottom, Eduardo Rodriguez came out and threw five solid innings in Detroit on Friday to help the Red Sox maintain an early lead.

In a rain-shortened outing, as storms rolled through southern Michigan late Friday evening, Rodriguez gave up just one run on four hits in five innings, limiting hard contact to keep the Tigers at bay in one of his better starts of the season to pick up his ninth win in a 9-6 victory.

The sole blemish of the day came in the fourth, when Rodriguez gave up back-to-back hits with two outs, including a double into the left field corner to bring home Detroit’s only run, though a slow move to the ball from J.D. Martinez — filling in for Andrew Benintendi — allowed Brandon Dixon to sneak under the tag.

Unlikely as it seems, Rodriguez leads Boston’s starters in the win category, with an 9-4 record to his name while the team is 13-5 overall in game he starts. However, he’s received the most run support of any Red Sox starter by a wide margin, with the team averaging an unbelievable 7.69 runs on days that Rodriguez starts coming into Friday. Compared to the 5.92 runs Rick Porcello gets on average, 4.85 for David Price and a paltry 3.74 when Chris Sale takes the ball, the team continues to find a way to hit when Rodriguez goes putting up nine runs on Friday.

The big lefty also received more run support than any other Boston starter in 2018, at 5.94 runs per game.

While Rodriguez has had more than his fair share of help over the last two seasons, Friday’s win was all his own, as just three runs were enough for him to take a two-run lead into the sixth, when the rain started falling at Comerica. Jaimer Candelario’s fourth-inning double was the only solid contact any Tiger managed all evening, and Rodriguez struck out four in his five innings of work.

Rodriguez’s ERA dropped to 4.65 as he continues to bounce back from a tough start to the year.

The Red Sox took a 3-1 lead into the rain delay, and put up six more runs after the long wait to pull out a 9-6 win.

Devers belts 16th homer of the season

Rafael Devers stayed scorching Detroit, slicing one the other way that just snuck over the left field wall for his 16th homer of the year and his fourth in four games since the Red Sox returned from London.

Devers’ All-Star snub redemption tour has been rolling since the team returned, as his slash line over the last seven games is an unbelievable .567/.594/1.067.

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