Eduardo Rodriguez Tosses 6 Strong Innings, J.D. Martinez Belts 3-Run Homer as Red Sox Sweep Orioles

BOSTON — The Red Sox beat the Orioles 6-2 Sunday afternoon, as Eduardo Rodriguez tossed six strong innings to lead Boston to victory.

J.D. Martinez gave the Red Sox the lead in the bottom of the first inning, as he smacked a three-run jack over the Green Monster, 396 feet, and made it 3-1 to make up for his throwing error which let a run score in the top of the first. From there, the Sox never looked back.

Rodriguez allowed just three hits, as he fanned six despite walking three. His one run allowed was unearned, as Austin Hays scored on Martinez’s throwing error. Manager Alex Cora made an interesting decision in pulling him out after just six innings though — the lefty was at just 83 pitches.

Boston extended their lead in the sixth, as Kyle Schwarber, who went 2-for-4 on the day, slapped a leadoff double. He scored on Kike Hernandez’s RBI single. Hunter Renfroe drew a walk with the bases loaded, and Christian Vazquez scored after Xander Bogaerts beat out a double play with runners on the corners.

Adam Ottavino was removed in the seventh inning though, as with one out he was drilled with a 105.2 MPH line drive in the shoulder. He left with right shoulder contusion. He allowed a walk, as well as a run after Garrett Whitlock replaced him.

Whitlock pitched the rest of the seventh and the eighth, as Matt Barnes notched a scoreless ninth to end the ballgame, and capture the sweep.

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