Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez baffles Detroit Tigers in 7-1 win
By KEN POWTAK
BOSTON — The Red Sox are starting to make a victory look nearly automatic when Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound.
Andrew Benintendi and Christian Vazquez each hit a solo homer and had an RBI double to back another strong start by Rodriguez, carrying the Red Sox to a 7-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.
Xander Bogaerts added a two-run double during a four-run third inning for the Red Sox, who won their fourth straight game and improved their major league-best record to 43-19.
Boston is now 11-1 in his starts this season.
“I like it, I love it, the way they’ve been hitting every time I go out there,” he said. “I just tried to keep the game (close) where they could score runs because I know it’s going to happen.”
Rodriguez (7-1) gave up one run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and one walk, improving to 4-1 in his last five starts with a 2.14 ERA.
Miguel Cabrera and JaCoby Jones each had two hits for Detroit, which has lost four of five. The Tigers have dropped 13 of their last 17 on the road.
Trailing 1-0, Boston took charge with its four-run inning against Blaine Hardy (2-1). Vazquez hit his double of the left-field wall. Benintendi and Bogaerts also hit theirs off the Green Monster.
“You make a mistake, they’ll jump you and they put it out of the ballpark or off that doggone wall,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We knew that coming in here — they’re a great hitting team and when you make mistakes they’re going to jump you for it.”