Red Sox back Rodriguez with 2 HRs in 6-4 win over Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) It was the closest thing to a perfect scenario for the Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound against the lowly Baltimore Orioles.

Home runs by Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi helped Rodriguez win his fifth straight start, and Boston extended Baltimore's losing streak to six games with a 6-4 victory Tuesday night.

Rodriguez (8-1) gave up two runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings to increase a career-best run of success that began on May 20 against the Orioles. Rodriguez is 3-0 this season against Baltimore, the team that gave the left-hander his first professional contract in 2010 and traded him to Boston in 2014.

''Eduardo was good. The next step for him is to go deeper into the game and keep that pitch count down,'' manager Alex Cora said.

It took Rodriguez 109 pitches to get 17 outs, but he left with a 6-2 lead.

''I'm throwing the ball good and I want to keep on doing it,'' Rodriguez said. ''The more wins you get, the closer you get to the playoffs.''

No team in the big leagues has more wins than Boston (46). The Red Sox are 12-1 in Rodriguez's starts, including 5-0 on the road, and 8-1 overall against Baltimore.

Devers hit a two-run drive in the second inning and Benintendi connected in the third for a 3-1 lead. A bases-loaded walk and a run-scoring balk made it 5-2 in the fourth, and Boston coasted from there.

Joey Rickard homered for the Orioles, who own the worst record in the big leagues (19-47) and have endured six losing streaks of at least five games.

Before Mark Trumbo doubled in two runs in the ninth, Baltimore was 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. And despite that hit, the Orioles are 3 for 48 in that situation during their current skid.

Rookie pitcher David Hess (2-3) stumbled in his sixth big league start, allowing five runs, five hits and a career-high four walks in 3 1/3 innings.

''At the end of the day, if I execute some pitches a little bit better I think the results are different,'' Hess said. ''But that's a good lineup. You've got to be at your best going out there and tonight I wasn't.''

Baltimore reliever Zach Britton made his season debut, six months after undergoing surgery for a ruptured right Achilles tendon. The lefty pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

''It almost felt like my debut, like an out-of-body experience,'' Britton said. ''It was weird.''

TAKE A SEAT

Red Sox: OF Mookie Betts was held out of the starting lineup, one day after ending a 14-game stay on the disabled list with an abdominal strain. Cora said he didn't want to push Betts so soon after his return, but intends to start him in Wednesday's series finale.

Orioles: Struggling 1B Chris Davis (.150 batting average, 86 Ks) was benched and likely will also be held out of the starting lineup Wednesday, manager Buck Showalter said.

WELCOME, KID

The Orioles agreed to terms with first-round pick Grayson Rodriguez, a right-hander from Central Heights High School in Texas. Selected 11th overall, Rodriguez was introduced to the crowd in the fourth inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Relief pitcher Carson Smith, who hurt his shoulder last month when he threw his glove in the dugout after giving up a home run to Oakland's Khris Davis, will have surgery Wednesday and could be lost for the season, Cora said. ... There is no timetable for the return of 2B Dustin Pedroia (knee), a four-time All-Star who was placed on the disabled list June 2. The team will wait until the inflammation subsides before taking the next step.

Orioles: RHP Andrew Cashner was placed on the DL with back spasms. He's expected to miss only one start. ... SS Manny Machado returned to the lineup after sitting out with an illness Monday.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Chris Sale (5-4, 2.83 ERA) tries to end a run of three straight losing starts on Wednesday.

Orioles: Baltimore takes another stab at becoming the final major league team to win 20 games in 2018. Yefry Ramirez will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to replace Cashner as the starter.

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BOS46-22
021210000692
BAL19-47
1010000024110
  • W: E. Rodriguez (8-1)L: D. Hess (2-3)
  • HR: BOS - R. Devers (10), A. Benintendi (12), BAL - J. Rickard (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Nunez DH40100100.249.275.358.6332.0
A. Benintendi LF41121121.297.383.554.9377.0
J. Martinez RF20100200.313.381.6421.0234.0
M. Moreland 1B30100214.287.362.569.9312.5
X. Bogaerts SS32100202.282.345.500.8455.0
R. Devers 3B51121034.231.284.409.6925.5
B. Holt 2B31100210.299.379.430.8093.5
C. Vazquez C41210002.210.256.284.5404.0
J. Bradley CF40000004.185.281.291.5720.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Rickard LF42111104.209.284.403.6878.0
    A. Jones CF50200003.286.307.451.7582.0
    M. Machado SS40100112.311.380.586.9661.5
    D. Valencia 3B31110202.284.355.478.8335.0
    T. Mancini 1B50100026.229.305.371.6770.0
    J. Schoop 2B41100103.214.251.354.6053.0
    M. Trumbo DH40120112.254.299.389.6874.5
    C. Gentry RF40200013.250.312.300.6121.5
    a- P. Alvarez PH10000011.185.290.426.716-0.5
    A. Wynns C30100013.250.250.500.7500.5
    b- C. Sisco PH-C10000012.217.338.330.669-0.5
    • a-struck out for Gentry in the 9th
    • b-struck out for Wynns in the 8th
    BATTING
    • HR - A. Benintendi (12), R. Devers (10)
    • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (46), R. Devers 2 (31), C. Vazquez (10)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Trumbo (8)
    • HR - J. Rickard (4)
    • RBI - J. Rickard (7), D. Valencia (16), M. Trumbo 2 (11)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Valencia (4), M. Trumbo 2 (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Holt-Bogaerts-Moreland)
    • E - A. Benintendi (3), R. Devers (13)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - C. Gentry (2)
    • DP - 2 (Mancini-Wynns; Schoop-Machado-Mancini)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez (W, 8-1)5.28222413.641.2412.0
    H. Velazquez1.02001201.931.441.0
    J. Kelly (H, 13)0.10000002.700.900.0
    M. Barnes1.00001102.431.112.5
    C. Kimbrel1.01222102.480.86-1.5
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez (W, 8-1)5.2
    H. Velazquez1.0
    J. Kelly (H, 13)0.1
    M. Barnes1.0
    C. Kimbrel1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Hess (L, 2-3)3.15554224.131.35-9.0
    M. Castro2.22112102.881.331.5
    Z. Britton1.00003100.003.000.5
    D. Hart1.02001101.351.350.5
    D. O'Day1.00000203.310.864.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Hess (L, 2-3)3.1
    M. Castro2.2
    Z. Britton1.0
    D. Hart1.0
    D. O'Day1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 109-67, H. Velazquez 28-19, J. Kelly 4-3, M. Barnes 25-13, C. Kimbrel 33-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 7-5, J. Kelly 1-0, M. Barnes 1-2
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 26, H. Velazquez 6, J. Kelly, M. Barnes 5, C. Kimbrel 6
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Castro (4)
    • IBB - M. Castro (4)
    • HBP - D. Hess
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hess 73-39, M. Castro 29-18, Z. Britton 26-11, D. Hart 20-13, D. O'Day 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Castro 2-3, Z. Britton 1-0, D. Hart 1-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Hess 20, M. Castro 10, Z. Britton 5, D. Hart 5, D. O'Day 3
    • Balks - M. Castro (3)
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BOS46-22
    021210000692
    BAL19-47
    1010000024110
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Nunez DH40100100.249.275.358.6332.0
    A. Benintendi LF41121121.297.383.554.9377.0
    J. Martinez RF20100200.313.381.6421.0234.0
    M. Moreland 1B30100214.287.362.569.9312.5
    X. Bogaerts SS32100202.282.345.500.8455.0
    R. Devers 3B51121034.231.284.409.6925.5
    B. Holt 2B31100210.299.379.430.8093.5
    C. Vazquez C41210002.210.256.284.5404.0
    J. Bradley CF40000004.185.281.291.5720.0
    Total32695210717-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Rickard LF42111104.209.284.403.6878.0
      A. Jones CF50200003.286.307.451.7582.0
      M. Machado SS40100112.311.380.586.9661.5
      D. Valencia 3B31110202.284.355.478.8335.0
      T. Mancini 1B50100026.229.305.371.6770.0
      J. Schoop 2B41100103.214.251.354.6053.0
      M. Trumbo DH40120112.254.299.389.6874.5
      C. Gentry RF40200013.250.312.300.6121.5
      a- P. Alvarez PH10000011.185.290.426.716-0.5
      A. Wynns C30100013.250.250.500.7500.5
      b- C. Sisco PH-C10000012.217.338.330.669-0.5
      Total38411416831-----
      • a-struck out for Gentry in the 9th
      • b-struck out for Wynns in the 8th
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Benintendi (12), R. Devers (10)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (46), R. Devers 2 (31), C. Vazquez (10)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Trumbo (8)
      • HR - J. Rickard (4)
      • RBI - J. Rickard (7), D. Valencia (16), M. Trumbo 2 (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Valencia (4), M. Trumbo 2 (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Holt-Bogaerts-Moreland)
      • E - A. Benintendi (3), R. Devers (13)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - C. Gentry (2)
      • DP - 2 (Mancini-Wynns; Schoop-Machado-Mancini)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (W, 8-1)5.28222413.641.2412.0
      H. Velazquez1.02001201.931.441.0
      J. Kelly (H, 13)0.10000002.700.900.0
      M. Barnes1.00001102.431.112.5
      C. Kimbrel1.01222102.480.86-1.5
      Total9.01144681---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (W, 8-1)5.2
      H. Velazquez1.0
      J. Kelly (H, 13)0.1
      M. Barnes1.0
      C. Kimbrel1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Hess (L, 2-3)3.15554224.131.35-9.0
      M. Castro2.22112102.881.331.5
      Z. Britton1.00003100.003.000.5
      D. Hart1.02001101.351.350.5
      D. O'Day1.00000203.310.864.0
      Total9.09661072---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Hess (L, 2-3)3.1
      M. Castro2.2
      Z. Britton1.0
      D. Hart1.0
      D. O'Day1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 109-67, H. Velazquez 28-19, J. Kelly 4-3, M. Barnes 25-13, C. Kimbrel 33-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 7-5, J. Kelly 1-0, M. Barnes 1-2
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 26, H. Velazquez 6, J. Kelly, M. Barnes 5, C. Kimbrel 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Castro (4)
      • IBB - M. Castro (4)
      • HBP - D. Hess
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hess 73-39, M. Castro 29-18, Z. Britton 26-11, D. Hart 20-13, D. O'Day 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Castro 2-3, Z. Britton 1-0, D. Hart 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Hess 20, M. Castro 10, Z. Britton 5, D. Hart 5, D. O'Day 3
      • Balks - M. Castro (3)
      • 9TH INNING
        Trumbo doubled to deep right, Valencia and Schoop scored64
      • 5TH INNING
        Vazquez singled to left, Bogaerts scored, Holt to third62
      • 4TH INNING
        Vazquez scored, Nunez to third, Benintendi to second on balk52
        Benintendi walked, Holt scored, Vazquez to third, Nunez to second42
      • 3RD INNING
        Valencia singled to center, Rickard scored32
        Benintendi homered to center31
      • 2ND INNING
        Devers homered to right center, Bogaerts scored21
      • 1ST INNING
        Rickard homered to left01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Darren O'Day relieved Donnie Hart
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts flied out to center
        • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Holt struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Matt Barnes
        • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Machado lined out to center
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Valencia walked
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mancini popped out to first
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schoop walked, Valencia to second
        • M. Trumbo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Trumbo doubled to deep right, Valencia and Schoop scored
        • Pedro Alvarez hit for Craig Gentry
        • P. Alvarez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Donnie Hart relieved Zach Britton
        • J. Bradley: Bradley grounded out to third
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nunez walked
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez singled to shallow right center, Nunez to second
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Moreland singled to right, Nunez out at home, Martinez to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Barnes relieved Joe Kelly
        • M. Trumbo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Trumbo walked
        • C. Gentry: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gentry safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error, Trumbo to second
        • Chance Sisco hit for Austin Wynns
        • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Rickard lined out to right
        • A. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Jones flied out to shallow right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Zach Britton relieved Miguel Castro
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Moreland walked
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Moreland out at second, Moreland caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Bogaerts walked
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Holt walked, Bogaerts to second
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Vazquez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rickard flied out to deep right
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Jones reached on an infield single to third
        • M. Machado: Machado singled to right center, Jones to second
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Valencia walked, Jones to third, Machado to second
        • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • Joe Kelly relieved Hector Velazquez
        • J. Schoop: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Schoop grounded into fielder's choice to pitcher, Jones out at home
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Castro Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Nunez lined out to center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Martinez lined out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Schoop grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Trumbo: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Trumbo grounded out to second
        • C. Gentry: Ball, Ball, Gentry singled to left
        • Hector Velazquez relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
        • A. Wynns: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Wynns struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Castro Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts singled to shallow right
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers flied out to deep right
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Bogaerts to second on wild pitch, Ball, Holt intentionally walked
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Vazquez singled to left, Bogaerts scored, Holt to third
        • J. Bradley: Bradley grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Vazquez out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Jones flied out to left
        • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Machado walked
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Valencia popped out to second
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mancini grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Holt singled to left
        • C. Vazquez: Pickoff attempt, Vazquez singled to shallow left, Holt to second
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bradley lined out to right
        • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Nunez singled to center, Holt to third, Vazquez to second
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked, Holt scored, Vazquez to third, Nunez to second
        • Miguel Castro relieved David Hess
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez scored, Nunez to third, Benintendi to second on balk, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Moreland grounded into double play first to catcher, Nunez out at home
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Schoop grounded out to second
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trumbo popped out to second
        • C. Gentry: Gentry singled to center
        • A. Wynns: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Wynns singled to left, Gentry to second
        • J. Rickard: Rickard flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Nunez fouled out to catcher
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi homered to center
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Martinez hit by pitch
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked, Martinez to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to deep right, Martinez to third
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rickard walked
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Jones grounded out to shortstop, Rickard to second
        • M. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Machado struck out on foul tip
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Valencia singled to center, Rickard scored
        • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
        • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Devers homered to right center, Bogaerts scored
        • B. Holt: Holt lined out to center
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez flied out to right
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley flied out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mancini singled to shallow right center
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Schoop singled to left, Mancini to third on left fielder Benintendi fielding error
        • M. Trumbo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
        • C. Gentry: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gentry struck out swinging
        • A. Wynns: Ball, Strike swinging, Wynns lined out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Nunez popped out to shortstop
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi flied out to deep center
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rickard homered to left
        • A. Jones: Strike swinging, Ball, Jones singled to center
        • M. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Machado reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Jones out at second
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Valencia grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Machado out at second
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)