Eduardo Rodriguez

Monday's Red Sox-Rays matchups: Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Chris Archer

September 21, 2015 - 8:12 am

After taking two of three on the road against the division-leading Blue Jays, the Red Sox return home Monday for a four-game set against the Rays. The opener features the series' premier pitching matchup, with Eduardo Rodriguez facing Chris Archer. The Sox are a half-game behind the Rays in the AL East, and they'll look Monday to crawl out of last place for the first time since June 8. Since his major league debut on May 28, Rodriguez (9-6, 3.94 ERA) has been a largely reliable starter in a tumultuous rotation. In his last outing on Sept. 14, he left the game after 5 1/3 innings after allowing one run on five hits with a career-high nine strikeouts in a 2-0 loss to the Orioles. Innings have become a concern for 22-year-old left-hander, who has pitched 158 innings over the course of the season (109 2/3 since his promotion to the majors), and was a reason he was pulled early in his last outing. "I knew I wasn't going to be long in the game," he said. "I tried to keep the team in a winning position." Interim manager Torey Lovullo said Rodriguez -- who is 3-1 with a 1.72 ERA in his last five starts -- will be limited to 10-14 innings the rest of the season. In his lone outing against the Rays on July 31, Rodriguez went five innings, giving up six hits and three earned runs with four walks and strikeouts in the no-decision. Archer (12-12, 2.95 ERA) last saw the Red Sox on Sept. 11, going five innings and allowing three runs on five hits. The 26-year-old right-hander also notched eight strikeouts in the outing. Since being voted into the All-Star Game, Archer's numbers have declined, as he's 3-6 over 12 starts during the back half of the season. Archer has yet to earn a win against the Red Sox over three outings in 2015, taking a pair of losses and a no-decision. He's been struggling of late, having not won a start since Aug. 31. He did, however, set the Rays' single-season strikeout record with 240 on Wednesday, while posting his 19th quality start of the season. In 10 career starts against the Sox, he's 1-6 with a 5.47 ERA in 51 innings. His career ERA at Fenway is 7.71. Rays vs. Rodriguez (LHP) Tim Beckham is 1-for-3. Joey Butler is 0-for-3 with an RBI and a strikeout. Asdrubal Cabrera is 1-for-3. Logan Forsythe is 0-for-2 with a walk. Brandon Guyer is 0-for-1 with 2 walks and a strikeout. Evan Longoria is 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. Mikie Mahtook is 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a strikeout. Steven Souza is 1-for-3 with an RBI. No other Rays have faced Rodriguez. Red Sox vs. Archer (RHP) David Ortiz (26 plate appearances): .391 AVG/.462 OBP/.696 SLG, 1 double, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (23): .167/.304/.167, 2 RBIs, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts Brock Holt (17): .176/.176/.235, 1 double, 5 strikeouts Mookie Betts (12): .200/.333/.500, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Xander Bogaerts (11): .400/.455/.500, 1 double, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts Jackie Bradley Jr. (11): .100/.182/.100, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Pablo Sandoval (11): .300/.273/.600, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 4 strikeouts Ryan Hanigan (4): .500/.500/.500, 1 strikeout Rusney Castillo is 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Deven Marrero is 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. Travis Shaw is 0-for-1 with a walk and a strikeout. Blake Swihart is 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Allen Craig, Sandy Leon and Josh Rutledge have not faced Archer.