Red Sox 5 Rangers 1
Eduardo Rodriguez came over to the Boston Red Sox on July 31, 2014 in a trade for Andrew Miller. Rodriguez, a left hander, made his debut for the Red Sox last night in Texas, and pitched a gem, going 7 2/3rds of an inning as the Red Sox beat Texas 5-1. Rodriguez was 4-3 record and 2.98 ERA this season at Triple-A Pawtucket, and it wouldn't appear he's going back to Pawtucket anytime soon!
Rodriguez allowed just 3 hits, striking out 7 and walking 2 as he shutout the Rangers. The Red Sox banged out 13 hits. Dustin Pedroia went 3-5 out of the leadoff position and Mookie Betts batting 2nd went 3-5 with a triple. Hanley Ramirez batting clean-up was 2-4 with a double and homer. It was Ramirez's first home run in May, and the 11th of the season. Ramirez was the designated hitter as the Red Sox have said that David Ortiz will sit out a couple of games to allow him to get his swing back.
The only sour note for the Red Sox was the fact that Xander Bogaerts had to leave the game after getting hit in the wrist.
The Red Sox are now 22-26 and 3 games out of 1st place. They play the Rangers again tonight, with the pregame starting at 7:25 and the first pitch at 8:10. Knuckleballer Steven Wright 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA takes the mound for the Red Sox.