Red Sox hit 3 HRs, beat Dodgers 8-1 in World Series rematch

BOSTON (AP) The first round of the rematch between Los Angeles and Boston turned out much like the 2018 World Series. The Red Sox beat the Dodgers handily.

Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer, Eduardo Rodriguez struck out 10 and the Red Sox beat the Dodgers 8-1 Friday night.

''We have to come out aggressive because we know these guys are one of the best teams in the game,'' Bogaerts said. ''Obviously, they're going to come here, try to beat us pretty bad for last year. I think it was a good way for us to start.''

The Red Sox, who beat the Dodgers in five games to win their ninth World Series title, returned from the All-Star break with their fifth straight victory.

Rafael Devers and Christian Vazquez also homered for the Red Sox, who broke the game open with a five-run rally that was interrupted by a one-hour rain delay in the seventh inning.

''That was a good baseball game all around,'' manager Alex Cora said. ''We did a good job putting together at-bats. We ran the bases well, played good defense and obviously Eddie was outstanding on the mound.''

Rodriguez (10-4) tied his season-high for strikeouts and held the Dodgers to five hits in seven innings. He has won four straight decisions and is the only Boston pitcher with 10 victories this season.

''He just kept pounding the zone,'' Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said. ''He threw the ball well. He mixed and matched with both sides of the plate.''

The Dodgers were well represented in their return to Boston with enough blue-and-white clad fans to drown out ''Red Sox'' during the singing of ''Take Me Out to the Ballgame.'' Red Sox fans countered with Boston's signature ''Beat LA!'' chant, and the Red Sox did just that, topping the club with the best record in the majors.

''It was fun. It was good. I think everyone contributed,'' Bogaerts said.

The Red Sox have won six of seven. The Dodgers lost their fourth straight and fell to 1-6 all-time in regular-season games at Fenway Park.

Alex Verdugo hit his 10th homer and Kenta Maeda struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings for the Dodgers.

Kenta Maeda (7-6) struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings for Los Angeles. Maeda allowed three runs, two on solo homers by Devers and Vazquez that hit the giant ads on top of the Green Monster.

''The first homer I gave up, I caught a little too much of the plate,'' Maeda said through a translator. ''The second one was a 3-2 count. I felt like I needed to throw a strike and it ended up as a homer.''

Devers' RBI double in the sixth put Boston up 3-1 and the Red Sox rallied for five more in the seventh, when the rain got heavy and the game was put on hold for an hour after Brock Holt's RBI double.

The delay didn't slow the Red Sox. Mookie Betts put Boston up 5-1 with a sacrifice fly following the rain delay, and Bogaerts broke it open with a three-run shot off the top of the Green Monster.

Bogaerts thought he had doubled and went sliding into second base before noticing the umpires had signaled a homer - tying J.D. Martinez for the team lead with 18.

''I didn't even worry about it going out. I knew it was a double,'' Bogaerts said. ''It went out. I didn't even know.''

Verdugo tied it in the second with a solo homer to right. It was the 10th homer of the season for Verdugo, who became the sixth member of the Dodgers with 10 or more homers.

CATCH AND RELEASE

Jackie Bradley Jr. caught a deep fly by Max Muncy at the base of the wall in left-center to end the top of the sixth, then punctuated the catch with a throw all the way across to Betts at the right-field line as the Red Sox returned to their dugout.

Fans were still applauding the catch when Bradley delivered the ball on a beeline to Betts' glove.

Bradley also started the seventh-inning rally by running out an infield single.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: Activated CF A.J. Pollock (elbow infection) from the 60-day injured list. Pollock started in center and batted sixth in his first game since April 28. ... To clear roster space, the Dodgers traded LHP Adam McCreery and C Josh Thole to the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations.

Red Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland (right quad strain) will spend the weekend with Triple-A Pawtucket, manager Alex Cora said. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday. Cora said the Red Sox were still trying to determine when Eovaldi could return.

UP NEXT

Dodgers RHP Ross Stripling (3-3, 3.79 ERA) faces Red Sox LHP Chris Sale (3-8, 4.04) on Saturday night.

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  • W: E. Rodriguez (10-4)L: K. Maeda (7-6)
  • HR: LAD - A. Verdugo (10), BOS - C. Vazquez (15), X. Bogaerts (18), R. Devers (17)
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      BATTING
      • HR - A. Verdugo (10)
      • RBI - A. Verdugo (40)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Seager 3 (3), M. Muncy 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (21), R. Devers (26), C. Vazquez (13), B. Holt (5)
      • HR - R. Devers (17), X. Bogaerts (18), C. Vazquez (15)
      • SF - M. Betts (4)
      • RBI - M. Betts (41), R. Devers 2 (64), X. Bogaerts 3 (68), C. Vazquez (42), B. Holt (18)
      • 2-Out RBI - X. Bogaerts 3 (23)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi, B. Holt
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Turner-Hernandez-Muncy)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Maeda (L, 7-6)5.24331723.821.065.5
      P. Baez0.22330003.320.91-5.0
      J. Chargois0.21221114.821.07-3.5
      Z. Rosscup1.01001005.002.221.0
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Maeda (L, 7-6)5.2
      P. Baez0.2
      J. Chargois0.2
      Z. Rosscup1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (W, 10-4)7.051121014.431.3228.0
      J. Taylor1.00000103.931.363.5
      H. Velazquez1.00000105.521.363.5
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (W, 10-4)7.0
      J. Taylor1.0
      H. Velazquez1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Chargois (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 87-60, P. Baez 18-12, J. Chargois 11-6, Z. Rosscup 15-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 3-7, P. Baez 2-1, Z. Rosscup 2-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 22, P. Baez 5, J. Chargois 4, Z. Rosscup 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 105-67, J. Taylor 13-8, H. Velazquez 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 5-6, H. Velazquez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 28, J. Taylor 3, H. Velazquez 3
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      J. Turner 3B40000010.290.371.440.811-0.5
      D. Freese DH30000110.301.403.577.9800.5
      C. Bellinger RF30100110.336.433.6881.1221.5
      M. Muncy 1B40000023.262.362.524.886-1.0
      A. Pollock CF40100020.224.286.327.6130.0
      A. Verdugo LF41211011.306.352.500.8526.5
      E. Hernandez 2B30100011.220.286.408.6940.5
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        M. Betts RF31110000.273.391.468.8594.0
        R. Devers 3B32221110.327.381.559.93910.5
        X. Bogaerts SS41131021.294.383.540.9237.0
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        A. Benintendi LF40000011.270.347.428.775-0.5
        C. Vazquez C41211000.302.335.535.8698.0
        J. Bradley CF21100210.235.335.399.7343.5
        M. Chavis 1B41000014.259.328.460.7880.5
        B. Holt 2B31110001.317.368.413.7814.0
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          BATTING
          • HR - A. Verdugo (10)
          • RBI - A. Verdugo (40)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Seager 3 (3), M. Muncy 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Betts (21), R. Devers (26), C. Vazquez (13), B. Holt (5)
          • HR - R. Devers (17), X. Bogaerts (18), C. Vazquez (15)
          • SF - M. Betts (4)
          • RBI - M. Betts (41), R. Devers 2 (64), X. Bogaerts 3 (68), C. Vazquez (42), B. Holt (18)
          • 2-Out RBI - X. Bogaerts 3 (23)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi, B. Holt
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Turner-Hernandez-Muncy)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Maeda (L, 7-6)5.24331723.821.065.5
          P. Baez0.22330003.320.91-5.0
          J. Chargois0.21221114.821.07-3.5
          Z. Rosscup1.01001005.002.221.0
          Total8.0888383---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Maeda (L, 7-6)5.2
          P. Baez0.2
          J. Chargois0.2
          Z. Rosscup1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Rodriguez (W, 10-4)7.051121014.431.3228.0
          J. Taylor1.00000103.931.363.5
          H. Velazquez1.00000105.521.363.5
          Total9.05112121---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Rodriguez (W, 10-4)7.0
          J. Taylor1.0
          H. Velazquez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - J. Chargois (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 87-60, P. Baez 18-12, J. Chargois 11-6, Z. Rosscup 15-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 3-7, P. Baez 2-1, Z. Rosscup 2-0
          • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 22, P. Baez 5, J. Chargois 4, Z. Rosscup 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 105-67, J. Taylor 13-8, H. Velazquez 8-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 5-6, H. Velazquez 1-1
          • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 28, J. Taylor 3, H. Velazquez 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Bogaerts homered to left, Holt and Devers scored18
            Betts hit sacrifice fly to center, Chavis scored15
            Holt doubled to deep left, Bradley scored, Chavis to third14
          • 6TH INNING
            Devers doubled to deep left, Betts scored13
          • 2ND INNING
            Vazquez homered to left12
            Verdugo homered to right11
          • 1ST INNING
            Devers homered to left01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Hector Velazquez relieved Josh Taylor
            • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Muncy grounded out to first
            • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Pollock struck out on foul tip
            • A. Verdugo: Ball, Ball, Verdugo popped out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Josh Taylor relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
            • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
            • D. Freese: Foul, Freese flied out to center
            • C. Bellinger: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bellinger flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Zac Rosscup relieved JT Chargois
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to first
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Vazquez doubled to deep left
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
            • M. Chavis: Chavis grounded into double play third to second to first, Bradley out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • A. Pollock: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pollock singled to left
            • A. Verdugo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Verdugo struck out swinging
            • E. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Hernandez singled to left center, Pollock to second
            • A. Barnes: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Barnes struck out swinging
            • C. Seager: Strike swinging, Seager grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Baez Pitching:
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez lined out to center
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bradley reached on an infield single to second
            • M. Chavis: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Chavis reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Bradley to second
            • B. Holt: Holt doubled to deep left, Bradley scored, Chavis to third
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball
            • Betts hit sacrifice fly to center, Chavis scored
            • R. Devers: Devers intentionally walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts homered to left, Holt and Devers scored
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • J. Turner: Ball, Turner grounded out to third
            • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
            • C. Bellinger: Ball, Bellinger singled to right
            • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Muncy flied out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Maeda Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Betts doubled to left center
            • R. Devers: Devers doubled to deep left, Betts scored
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts popped out to second
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez lined out to center, Devers to third
            • Pedro Baez relieved Kenta Maeda
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • A. Verdugo: Verdugo singled to left
            • E. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez popped out to first
            • A. Barnes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Barnes struck out swinging
            • C. Seager: Seager grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Maeda Pitching:
            • C. Vazquez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
            • M. Chavis: Chavis flied out to deep right
            • B. Holt: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Holt grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
            • M. Muncy: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
            • A. Pollock: Pollock grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Maeda Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Benintendi struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • C. Seager: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Seager struck out on foul tip
            • J. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Turner flied out to right
            • D. Freese: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Freese flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Maeda Pitching:
            • B. Holt: Ball, Holt grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Betts popped out to second
            • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pollock struck out swinging
            • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Verdugo homered to right
            • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Hernandez struck out on foul tip
            • A. Barnes: Barnes grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Maeda Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi flied out to deep left
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Vazquez homered to left
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • M. Chavis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chavis struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • C. Seager: Seager flied out to deep left
            • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Turner popped out to second
            • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Freese walked
            • C. Bellinger: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bellinger walked, Freese to second
            • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Maeda Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Betts popped out to first
            • R. Devers: Foul, Foul, Devers homered to left
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to left
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)