Benintendi, Vazquez homer; Red Sox cruise past Tigers, 7-1

BOSTON (AP) 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.

''Like I said before the game: The stuff is there, now I know why everybody was excited about this guy,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said.

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.''

Benintendi homered into Boston's bullpen leading off the fifth. Vazquez hit his into the Monster seats in the seventh.

Hardy allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings.

''Even when you make your pitches, they find a way to get runners on and keep that merry-go-round going,'' he said. ''That third inning was really what cost me.''

The game was delayed briefly in the seventh inning with Detroit batting when fans were using their cell phone lights. Red Sox security asked the fans in the center-field bleachers to stop using the phones as flash lights, and play resumed.

''You ever tried to hit with a light like that in your face? It's not supposed to happen,'' Gardenhire said. ''The umpires should have, in my opinion, stopped it right away. They see it happen - it's right in dead center field.

''The fans are just having fun. I get it. But when it's in dead center field, my hitters are looking right into it. It's dangerous. It's very dangerous, if you've ever been trying to hit with a light in your face. So, we just couldn't let that happen.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmerman (right shoulder impingement) gave up one run on three hits, striking out five and walking two over 4 1/3 innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.

Red Sox: Cora said OF Mookie Betts (10-day disabled list, left abdominal strain) plans to take batting practice Thursday and then the club would ''decide where we go'' if he needs a rehab assignment. . The manager also said that 2B Dustin Pedroia (inflammation left knee) will ''most likely'' resume baseball activities Thursday. He had offseason knee surgery and didn't return until late May.

''It takes some time,'' Pedroia said. ''It's a part of it. The knee's got to get used to what baseball demand it needs. The good news is the part I had surgery on is perfect.''

ON HIS BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT

Benintendi had his solid game on his ''Splash Bobblehead'' giveaway night. The bobblehead is him holding a cooler to douse a teammate after a walkoff.

MLB DEBUT

Red Sox left-hander Jalen Beeks is scheduled to make his major-league debut Thursday, starting the series finale.

The 24-year-old found out in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game with Triple-A Pawtucket.

''My pitching coach came into the training room and told me I was going to the big leagues and making a start on Thursday,'' he said. ''It was a special moment.''

Beeks said he expects his wife, two kids and ''I'm guessing like 15 others'' to be in the stands, but is leaving the rest of the guest list for his wife to handle.

DOUBLED OUT

The Tigers had their streak with at least one double in 53 straight games halted. It was the most in team history and third longest in the majors since at least 1908.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (3-4, 3,23 ERA) is slated to start Thursday. He's 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA in two career starts against Boston.

Red Sox: Beeks allowed two or fewer runs in eight of his 10 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket.

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BOS43-19
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  • W: E. Rodriguez (7-1)L: B. Hardy (2-1)
  • HR: BOS - C. Vazquez (2), A. Benintendi (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Goodrum 2B40000110.242.324.447.7710.5
N. Castellanos RF50100031.333.375.514.889-0.5
M. Cabrera 1B40200012.314.397.483.8801.5
V. Martinez DH30000103.247.313.360.6731.0
J. McCann C40000014.249.308.367.675-0.5
L. Martin CF40100000.254.324.440.7641.0
J. Jones LF31200100.224.274.388.6616.0
J. Iglesias SS40110004.256.305.372.6772.0
R. Rodriguez 3B40000011.105.100.105.205-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Benintendi CF52221003.296.378.544.92210.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40320010.292.349.539.8885.5
    J. Martinez LF40100003.317.375.6521.0261.0
    M. Moreland 1B41000001.302.364.611.9741.0
    E. Nunez 2B40000012.258.276.378.654-0.5
    S. Travis DH40110000.400.400.400.8002.0
    R. Devers 3B41200000.228.283.402.6854.0
    C. Vazquez C42321012.203.248.284.53210.5
    J. Bradley RF21000001.198.298.297.5943.0
      BATTING
      • 3B - J. Jones (4)
      • RBI - J. Iglesias (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Iglesias (9)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi (16), X. Bogaerts (17), R. Devers (12), C. Vazquez (6)
      • HR - A. Benintendi (10), C. Vazquez (2)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (43), X. Bogaerts 2 (33), S. Travis (3), C. Vazquez 2 (9)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Jones (4)
      • DP - (Hardy-Goodrum-Cabrera)
      • E - N. Castellanos
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Benintendi (2)
      • PB - C. Vazquez (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Hardy (L, 2-1)6.08550213.661.191.0
      B. Farmer1.02110016.351.840.0
      L. Coleman0.22100101.200.87-1.5
      Z. Reininger0.10000007.501.830.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Hardy (L, 2-1)6.0
      B. Farmer1.0
      L. Coleman0.2
      Z. Reininger0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (W, 7-1)5.25111503.681.2017.5
      H. Hembree (H, 8)0.10001004.391.46-1.0
      M. Barnes1.02001102.031.010.5
      B. Workman1.00000000.000.003.0
      B. Poyner1.00000101.691.223.5
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (W, 7-1)5.2
      H. Hembree (H, 8)0.1
      M. Barnes1.0
      B. Workman1.0
      B. Poyner1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - B. Hardy (2), L. Coleman (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Hardy 92-63, B. Farmer 14-9, L. Coleman 26-17, Z. Reininger 1-1
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Hardy 11-3, B. Farmer 2-1, Z. Reininger 1-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Hardy 25, B. Farmer 5, L. Coleman 6, Z. Reininger
      PITCHING
      • WP - E. Rodriguez
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 107-67, H. Hembree 7-3, M. Barnes 36-22, B. Workman 11-7, B. Poyner 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 7-6, M. Barnes 2-0, B. Poyner 2-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 24, H. Hembree 2, M. Barnes 6, B. Workman 3, B. Poyner 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      DET29-34
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      N. Goodrum 2B40000110.242.324.447.7710.5
      N. Castellanos RF50100031.333.375.514.889-0.5
      M. Cabrera 1B40200012.314.397.483.8801.5
      V. Martinez DH30000103.247.313.360.6731.0
      J. McCann C40000014.249.308.367.675-0.5
      L. Martin CF40100000.254.324.440.7641.0
      J. Jones LF31200100.224.274.388.6616.0
      J. Iglesias SS40110004.256.305.372.6772.0
      R. Rodriguez 3B40000011.105.100.105.205-0.5
      Total3517103715-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        A. Benintendi CF52221003.296.378.544.92210.0
        X. Bogaerts SS40320010.292.349.539.8885.5
        J. Martinez LF40100003.317.375.6521.0261.0
        M. Moreland 1B41000001.302.364.611.9741.0
        E. Nunez 2B40000012.258.276.378.654-0.5
        S. Travis DH40110000.400.400.400.8002.0
        R. Devers 3B41200000.228.283.402.6854.0
        C. Vazquez C42321012.203.248.284.53210.5
        J. Bradley RF21000001.198.298.297.5943.0
        Total35712720312-----
          BATTING
          • 3B - J. Jones (4)
          • RBI - J. Iglesias (21)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Iglesias (9)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Benintendi (16), X. Bogaerts (17), R. Devers (12), C. Vazquez (6)
          • HR - A. Benintendi (10), C. Vazquez (2)
          • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (43), X. Bogaerts 2 (33), S. Travis (3), C. Vazquez 2 (9)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Jones (4)
          • DP - (Hardy-Goodrum-Cabrera)
          • E - N. Castellanos
          FIELDING
          • E - A. Benintendi (2)
          • PB - C. Vazquez (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Hardy (L, 2-1)6.08550213.661.191.0
          B. Farmer1.02110016.351.840.0
          L. Coleman0.22100101.200.87-1.5
          Z. Reininger0.10000007.501.830.0
          Total8.01276032---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Hardy (L, 2-1)6.0
          B. Farmer1.0
          L. Coleman0.2
          Z. Reininger0.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Rodriguez (W, 7-1)5.25111503.681.2017.5
          H. Hembree (H, 8)0.10001004.391.46-1.0
          M. Barnes1.02001102.031.010.5
          B. Workman1.00000000.000.003.0
          B. Poyner1.00000101.691.223.5
          Total9.0711370---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Rodriguez (W, 7-1)5.2
          H. Hembree (H, 8)0.1
          M. Barnes1.0
          B. Workman1.0
          B. Poyner1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - B. Hardy (2), L. Coleman (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Hardy 92-63, B. Farmer 14-9, L. Coleman 26-17, Z. Reininger 1-1
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Hardy 11-3, B. Farmer 2-1, Z. Reininger 1-0
          • Batters Faced - B. Hardy 25, B. Farmer 5, L. Coleman 6, Z. Reininger
          PITCHING
          • WP - E. Rodriguez
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 107-67, H. Hembree 7-3, M. Barnes 36-22, B. Workman 11-7, B. Poyner 13-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 7-6, M. Barnes 2-0, B. Poyner 2-0
          • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 24, H. Hembree 2, M. Barnes 6, B. Workman 3, B. Poyner 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Travis singled to right center, Moreland scored17
          • 7TH INNING
            Vazquez homered to left16
          • 5TH INNING
            Benintendi homered to right center15
          • 3RD INNING
            Bogaerts doubled to left center, Bradley and Benintendi scored14
            Benintendi doubled to left center, Vazquez scored, Bradley to third12
            Vazquez doubled to deep left, Devers scored11
          • 2ND INNING
            Iglesias singled to left center, Jones scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Bobby Poyner relieved Brandon Workman
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Foul, Rodriguez grounded out to third
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Goodrum grounded out to third
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Brandon Workman relieved Matt Barnes
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martin lined out to left
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Jones flied out to right
            • J. Iglesias: Iglesias flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Louis Coleman relieved Buck Farmer
            • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moreland safe at first on right fielder Castellanos fielding error, Moreland to second
            • E. Nunez: Nunez lined out to pitcher
            • S. Travis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Travis singled to right center, Moreland scored
            • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Devers doubled to deep center, Travis to third
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Vazquez struck out looking
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley hit by pitch
            • Zac Reininger relieved Louis Coleman
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Matt Barnes relieved Heath Hembree
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos singled to center
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera singled to left center, Castellanos to third, Cabrera to second on center fielder Benintendi fielding error
            • V. Martinez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez walked
            • J. McCann: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, McCann grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Martinez out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Buck Farmer relieved Blaine Hardy
            • C. Vazquez: Vazquez homered to left
            • J. Bradley: Bradley flied out to deep left
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to pitcher
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts singled to center
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Bogaerts out at second
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera singled to left
            • V. Martinez: Martinez fouled out to right
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martin singled to center, Cabrera to second
            • Heath Hembree relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
            • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jones walked, Cabrera to third, Martin to second
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike looking, Iglesias lined out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Nunez popped out to second
            • S. Travis: Strike looking, Travis grounded out to pitcher
            • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Devers grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • R. Rodriguez: Foul, Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Goodrum grounded out to first
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castellanos lined out to left
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Benintendi homered to right center
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts singled to left
            • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Martinez grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Bogaerts out at second
            • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, McCann flied out to deep right
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Martin grounded out to first
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jones singled to right
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • S. Travis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Travis grounded out to third
            • R. Devers: Ball, Devers popped out to second
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez singled to left center
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bradley grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Goodrum grounded out to third
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Castellanos struck out, reached on passed ball
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Cabrera lined out to second
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Martinez flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers singled to shallow right
            • C. Vazquez: Vazquez doubled to deep left, Devers scored
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Bradley hit by pitch
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi doubled to left center, Vazquez scored, Bradley to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts doubled to left center, Bradley and Benintendi scored
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moreland grounded out to second, Bogaerts to third
            • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, McCann fouled out to first
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martin grounded out to second
            • J. Jones: Jones tripled to shallow left
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias singled to left center, Jones scored
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Nunez struck out on foul tip
            • S. Travis: Travis popped out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodrum walked
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Goodrum to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Benintendi grounded out to pitcher
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • J. Martinez: Martinez singled to deep left, Martinez out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)