Eduardo Rodriguez

Closing Time: Jacoby Ellsbury's homer ruins night for Eduardo Rodriguez, Red Sox

Rob Bradford
August 06, 2015 - 6:05 pm

Starting pitching certainly wasn't a problem for the Red Sox during their three days at Yankee Stadium. That still didn't prevent the visitors from dropping two games to the Yankees. This time it was Eduardo Rodriguez who turned in a solid outing for the Red Sox. The problem was that old friend Jacoby Ellsbury decided to put a decisive dent in the rookie's pitching line, taking the lefty out of the yard for a seventh-inning, solo home run. The Ellsbury blast -- his fifth of the season -- would prove to be the decisive hit, with the Yankees claiming a 2-1 win over the Red Sox on Thursday night. Rodriguez finished his night allowing two runs on six hits, striking out five while walking a pair. The Sox starter threw 103 pitches before giving way to reliever Robbie Ross Jr. For the three-game series, the collection of Red Sox starters that included Henry Owens, Steven Wright and Rodriguez allowed six runs over 20 innings. Unfortunately for Rodriguez, his counterpart, Yankees starter CC Sabathia, was equally as sharp. The veteran lefty only gave up one run on three hits, striking out eight and walking three in one of his best outings of the season. The Red Sox did manage to get the tying run into scoring position in each of the last two innings. But Hanley Ramirez was stranded at second base in the eighth after a Mike Napoli strikeout, while Travis Shaw was left at second in the ninth when Andrew Miller struck out Rusney Castillo on three pitches. The scoreless ninth allowed Miller to claim his 24th save in as many chances this season. For the box score, click here. For the play-by-play, click here.