The Red Sox kicked off the second half of the season with a 4-0 win over the Yankees, as they moved to 56-36 on the season.
Boston drew first blood in the top of the second inning, as after Rafael Devers doubled to put runners on second and third, Hunter Renfroe plated Xander Bogaerts with an RBI groundout. Christian Arroyo made it 3-0 with a two-run homer into right-center field.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Bobby Dalbec blatantly dropped a throw from Rafael Devers to put Yankee runners on first and third. But he struck out Tim Locastro on an outside changeup to retire the side.
Rodriguez worked two outs into the bottom of the sixth, but was relieved by Hirokazu Sawamura after allowing a two-out double to Rougned Odor.
Rodriguez ended his night allowing just two hits through 5 2/3, while not allowing a run as Sawamura got the final out of the sixth by retiring Gary Sanchez on a 6-3 groundout. The left-hander walked two while striking out eight, tossing 97 pitches, 57 strikes, 39 four-seam fastballs, 25 changeups, 16 sinkers, nine cutters, and eight sliders.
Tanner Houck stranded two runners in the seventh, and J.D. Martinez swatted an opposite field blast for his 19th homer of the season in the top of the eighth, to make it 4-0.
Tanner Houck hurled a 1-2-3 eighth inning, as well as a scoreless ninth to capture the 4-0 win.
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