Eduardo Rodriguez went seven innings and allowed one run in the Red Sox' 11-1 win over the Tigers on Sunday night. (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Eduardo Rodriguez continues 'interesting,' record-breaking start to major league career

Ryan Hannable
July 26, 2015 - 8:41 pm
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As manager John Farrell put it after Sunday's game, it's been an "interesting" first two months in the major leagues for left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. But, minus three poor outings in which he's battled tipping pitches, Rodriguez is making history. The left-hander went seven innings, allowing one run on just three hits while walking one and striking out six in picking up his sixth win of the season in the Red Sox' 11-1 rout over the Tigers on Sunday night. With that performance, Rodriguez's ERA sits at 4.26, but if you take away his three poor starts in which he's allowed 22 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings, his ERA is only 1.23 over eight starts. "This has been an interesting roughly two months that he's been here," Farrell said. "He's been challenged at times in between the lines and it's the greatest teacher that we have. There's been some adjustments in his delivery. That's an ongoing situation, and he continues to adapt and evolve. It shows his aptitude and his attitude to make those adjustments." After allowing seven runs, including two home runs, over 1 2/3 innings in last Monday's loss to the Angels, Rodriguez responded in a big way Sunday. He only allowed one hit to the first 14 batters he faced and his only mistake came in the fourth inning when he allowed a solo homer to Nick Castellanos. "I think the last one I tried to go too quickly to home plate and made my fastballs in the strike zone," Rodriguez said. "Today I just got under control to control my fastball where I want. That'€™s what I think made it go better." In six night games this season Rodriguez is 5-0 with a major league-leading 1.14 ERA (min. 30 innings). Rodriguez has allowed one earned run or less in seven of his first 11 starts in the majors, becoming the first AL left-hander to do so since at least 1918. "I just go start to start," he said. "That'€™s what I think makes me change after the other start. Just thinking, continue to throw strikes and try to get outs."

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