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Another great win for this Red Sox team!
This Red Sox team has been super hot recently. They continued to roll on Monday night as they beat the Texas Rangers, 5-0. Eduardo Rodriguez had another solid start and the offense was able to do enough to get the win. That will do!
Don’t get me wrong, Eduardo Rodriguez had a great start, but he was a little frustrating to watch in this one. He seemed like he couldn’t put batters away which worked his pitch count up really high early in the game. The Rangers weren’t hitting him, but he had to come out of the game because his pitch count was so high. However, I will take it!
Like I said, the Rangers weren’t threatening Rodriguez at any point in the game really. He would give up a single to start an inning, but would fight back and get three quick outs to end the inning. The Rangers just couldn’t get anything going against the Red Sox southpaw.
The offense got going early in this game, but died down after the first inning. J.D. Martinez started things off in the first with a two-out single. This brought up Steve Pearce. Pearce took a fastball and drove it over the Monster for his first home run as a Red Sox. I must say, Pearce has been a solid addition to this lineup.
— #VoteBenny (@RedSox) July 9, 2018
The game was pretty uneventful from the first inning on. The offense slowed down and Rodriguez kept setting the Rangers down. Rodriguez lasted only six innings before Heath Hembree came in with two outs. Hembree got a strikeout to end the inning.
Brandon Workman came out for the top half of the eighth. He allowed a triple to start the inning off, but worked out of the jam without the Rangers putting a run on the board.
Joe Kelly was given the eighth inning and allowed a single to start the inning, but go three quick outs after that. The Red Sox went into the bottom half of the eighth only up two runs. The offense was able to put two runners on quick and bring J.D. Martinez up to the plate. Martinez smashed a ball over the Monster to extend the Red Sox lead.
Since the Red Sox bats were able to extend the lead to five runs, Kimbrel didn’t have to come out of the bullpen for the ninth. Instead, Alex Cora opted to bring in Ryan Brasier to make his MLB debut. Brasier sat the Rangers down in order to give the Red Sox their seventh straight win.
The Red Sox will look to extend their winning streak to eight games tonight. Hector Velazquez will be making the start against the Rangers. First pitch is at 7:10 PM ET.
Also, here is a friendly reminder to #VOTEBENNY!
— #VoteBenny (@RedSox) July 10, 2018