Well, this was certainly not a bad start to the second half.
When the All-Star break was over, the Boston Red Sox welcomed the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2018 World Series rematch and topped the best team in baseball 8-1 Friday night at Fenway Park.
Eduardo Rodriguez has had his best start to the season, having a high-margin career, and benefited from two early Red Sox home races to achieve his team-leading 10th win of the season.
A rain delay in seventh pushed things back an hour or so, but the Red Sox offense came late to ensure victory.
The Red Sox jumped to 50-41 with the win, while the Dodgers dropped to 60-33 with the loss.
Everything went like this:
GAME IN ONE WORD
A sound performance from the break, is this the beginning of a big second half?
ON THE BUMP
The south paw did a great job, throwing 105 pitches through seven innings of work while allowing only one run with five hits. Rodriguez hit 10 while he went two.
The only run of the Dodgers on the left came from a solo effort by Alex Verdugo, who sneaked over the short fence in the corner in the right field.
– Josh Taylor dropped a 1-2-3-eighth.
– Hector Velazquez threw a flawless ninth.
IN THE BATTER'S BOX
– Rafael Devers landed exactly where he left off before the All-Star, and turned a homerun over the Green Monster to the Sox in the first inning one 1: 0 lead to gain.
– Christian Vazquez, Red Sox's other all-star game snub, participated in the Home Run party in the second inning as he sent one over the monster to make it 2-1.
– Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda settled down from there and threw three scoreless innings in a row before the Sox got another run on the board in the sixth.
Mookie Betts topped the inning with a double, then moved to Devers after sending a ball from the monster, 3-1.
– The Red Sox brought the rain to the seventh. Literally.
When heavy rain started to fall, Brock Holt doubled to sign Jackie Bradley Jr. 4-1. The game was then interrupted because of a rain delay.
Gradually the game was continued with Betts, who covered another barrel with a sacrificial fly.
After Devers purposely left, Xander Bogaerts set off with a three-runner homer who only squeaked over the monster to make it 8-1.
– Devers and Vazquez went up and down with two hits. J.D. Martinez, Michael Chavis and Andrew Benintendi were the only Red Sox to score without a hit.
TWEET OF THE DAY
Welcome back, guys.
The Red Sox continue their three-game set against the Dodgers on Saturday. Chris Sale wants to get the ball against Ross Stripling. The first field of Fenway Park is scheduled for 19:15. ET.
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