With help from a pair of home runs from Benintendi and Devers.
Every game seems is important for the Red Sox if they want to keep up with the Yankees. The Orioles aren’t that talented, but sure have put up a fight against the Red Sox the past couple of nights. Eduardo Rodriguez wasn’t great in this one, but the Red Sox ended up getting a win, which is what matters the most.
The Red Sox offense was able to show life early in this game, which hasn’t been the case the past few games. After going down 1-0 early, the Red Sox were able to answer back in the second inning after a Xander Bogaerts walk and a Rafael Devers home run, his 10th of the season. It would be Devers’ first home run since May 22nd. Hopefully, this will get Devers going. He has been in a little bit of a slump recently, which is understandable considering his age and experience in the league.
The double-digit HR club is the place to be. 😎 pic.twitter.com/SWmrwgYVqO
— Red Sox (@RedSox) June 12, 2018
Another home run was hit the next inning by the Red Sox. This time from Andrew Benintendi. Unfortunately, it was only a solo home run. Benintendi has been hitting the ball really well as of late. Benintendi’s home run gave the Red Sox a 3-1 lead.
Just look at that swing. 😍 pic.twitter.com/Ml5Mnx22e3
— Red Sox (@RedSox) June 13, 2018
The Red Sox offense was able to get some more runs the next inning. Brock Holt and Christian Vazquez started the inning off with a pair of singles. Eduardo Nunez then hit a single to load the bases for Andrew Benintendi. Benintendi didn’t go deep like I was hoping he was going to, but he walked, which brought in a run. J.D. Martinez then came up. In his at-bat, Orioles reliever, Miguel Castro, balked. This brought in one more run. Martinez then walked. With the bases loaded with one out, it was a big chance for the Red Sox to break the game open. However, Mitch Moreland grounded into a double play that ended the inning.
The bats didn’t stop in the fifth. Xander Bogaerts started the inning off with a single. After a wild pitch, Bogaerts advanced to second. The Orioles then intentionally walked Brock Holt which brought up Christian Vazquez. Vazquez hit a line drive down the line in left field to score Bogaerts extending the Red Sox lead.
On the defensive side of things, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched a decent game. He did a really good job at limiting damage. If the Orioles got something going against him, he would get out of the jam.
It looked like Rodriguez was going to be in for a long night after the Orioles led off the game with a home run off of him. Following the home run, Rodriguez allowed a single. I was starting to panic, but Rodriguez got three quick outs after the single to get out of the inning.
It seemed like the rest of the game went like the first inning for the Rodriguez. He would get into some trouble early in the inning, but then navigate and get out of the inning. The lefty did give up one more run in the third, but that is all the Orioles would get off of him. Rodriguez ended the night after 5 2/3 innings of work. In all, Rodriguez allowed eight hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
The bullpen was able to escape a couple jams and not allow the Orioles to score another run, until the ninth inning. With a four-run lead, Alex Cora decided to bring Craig Kimbrel in for the ninth inning. Kimbrel walked a couple of batters then gave up a double that scored two runs. Thankfully, that is all the Orioles managed to get in the ninth.
The Red Sox will play a day game later this afternoon against the Orioles. The Red Sox will be sending Chris Sale to the mound. First pitch is at 3:05 PM ET.