Xander Bogaerts led the Red Sox offense Wednesday in their Game 1 win over the Twins. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox offense comes alive, Eduardo Rodriguez impresses again in win over Twins

Ryan Hannable
June 03, 2015 - 12:08 pm

For the first time in what has seemed like months, the Red Sox offense actually looked like the offense that was expected going into the season. The Red Sox rattled off 13 hits, including having four players record multi-hit games, as the offense along with the second straight great start from Eduardo Rodriguez, was more than enough to beat the Twins, 6-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park. The 13 hits tied a season-high for a fifth time. Rodriguez went seven complete innings allowing one run (a home run) on just two hits, while walking two and striking out seven. He threw 103 pitches (77 strikes) in his Fenway Park debut, after going 7 2/3 shutout innings in his first major league start against the Rangers last Thursday.

The left-hander is the first pitcher to go seven or more innings and allow no more than three hits or one run in each of his first two MLB outings since 1916.
The Red Sox broke the game open in the fifth when they scored twice to take a commanding 5-1 lead and chased Twins starter Phil Hughes from the game. Xander Bogaerts' two-RBI single chased Hughes from the game after just 4 2/3 innings. It was his third hit off Hughes of the game, as the shortstop now has hits in nine straight home games. Dustin Pedroia scored the Red Sox' first two runs of the game, scoring in the first and again in the third. Pedroia owns Hughes, as for his career the second baseman is hitting .390 with 15 RBI. The Red Sox got on the board early, scoring their 16th first inning run of the season when Pedroia scored from first on an David Ortiz double off the base of the wall in left center. The ball appeared catchable, but center fielder Aaron Hicks misjudged it. Even with the run, the Red Sox have still been outscored 37-16 in the first inning this year. Wednesday afternoon marked just the ninth time in the Red Sox' last 31 games that they scored five runs or more. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Bogaerts. The shortstop went 3-for-4 and is now hitting .515 (17-for-33) at home in his last nine games and looks more confident than ever both at the plate and in the field. Vote on the Rock Solid Performer of the week and enter to win a VIP Boston Baseball Experience at weei.com/rocksolid. Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox' win: WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Pedroia went 4-for-5 with four singles. In 11 games in the leadoff spot this year, he's hitting .370. He's also now reached base safely in 21-of-23 home games this year. -- Mike Napoli hit a solo homer into the Monster seats in the seventh inning, his ninth of the season. His last seven hits at home have all gone for extra bases. -- Ortiz went 2-for-4. He now has hits in four straight games and after missing a few days last week to find his swing, he's hitting .375 while taking a more up the middle/opposite field approach. WHAT WENT WRONG -- Alexi Ogando allowed a two-run home run in the ninth inning. -- Rusney Castillo went 0-for-4, including three strikeouts, two looking in his first two at-bats where the right fielder looked badly overmatched. -- Sandy Leon went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt. The catcher is now 0 for his last 8 and hitting just .170 on the year.