Eduardo Rodriguez Yanked Early, Rays Blank Red Sox And Take ALDS Opener

Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez

It wasn’t Eduardo Rodriguez’s night at the Trop Thursday. The Boston Red Sox lefty was pulled from his start in just the second inning, while the Rays were able to cruise to a 5-0 victory.

Randy Arozarena led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk, and Wander Franco doubled to bring Arozarena home the very next at-bat. Yandy Diaz then plated Franco with a two-out single to make it 2-0.

Rodriguez walked Manuel Margot to begin the second, and he was successfully able to retire the next two hitters but Sox manager Alex Cora chose to pull him.

On came Garrett Richards, who finished the third before Nick Pivetta labored through the next 4 2/3 innings. He allowed a cat-walk homer to Nelson Cruz in the third, and Arozarena delivered another solo blast in the fifth.

Pivetta let up a two-out walk to Arozarena in the seventh, which was followed by a double from Franco to put two in scoring position. Josh Taylor was summoned from the bullpen, and Arozarena blatantly stole home to make it 5-0.

In the eighth, the Sox had their biggest chance of the night — with two on and one out, Xander Bogaerts popped one up, which should have been an easy out. But the ball hit the cat-walk, and Bogaerts got on as it bounced into fair territory to load the bases. But Rafael Devers struck out on a high fastball well above the zone, and Hunter Renfroe, the ex-Ray, popped up to retire the side.

Boston went down 1-2-3 in the ninth, as the Rays took the series opener. Game 2 will be tomorrow night, and Chris Sale will take the mound for the Sox.

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