08/17 21:34 CDT Rodriguez, Devers carry Red Sox past Orioles, 4-0
Rodriguez, Devers carry Red Sox past Orioles, 4-0
By KEN POWTAK
BOSTON (AP) --- Eduardo Rodrguez pitched 7 1/3 stellar innings, red-hot Rafael
Devers belted a two-run homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles
4-0 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.
The win came a few hours after Boston had to put ace lefty Chris Sale on the
10-day injured list due to inflammation in his left elbow. Red Sox president
Dave Dombrowski said Sale felt stiffness after his start Tuesday in Cleveland
and didn't tell the team until Friday before he was sent for an MRI.
Trey Mancini had a double --- his eighth straight game in Fenway Park with an
extra-base hit --- for the Orioles, who have dropped six straight.
Rodrguez (14-5) allowed four hits, struck out four, walked two and hit a
batter in setting his career high for wins in a season. He's 6-0 with a 1.30
ERA in his last eight starts against Baltimore, the team that originally signed
Devers' two-run shot went into the Green Monster seats and made it 4-0 in the
seventh. In his last four games, he's 11 for 18 with two homers and seven RBIs.
Dombrowski said that in addition to the team's doctors, Sale will also have the
results looked at by orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, but probably not until
Monday. Dombrowski wasn't certain if Sale would visit Andrews.
"There's going to be further evaluations," Dombrowski said before the game.
"We're in a situation where I don't know where it's really going to take us at
Asher Wojciechowski (2-6) gave up two runs in 4 1/3 innings, striking out four
and walking three. In his only other career start against the Red Sox, he held
them to one hit over 7 1/3 shutout innings, striking out 10 on July 21 at
Brock Holt homered into Boston's bullpen over the leaping bid by right fielder
Anthony Santander leading off the fifth. Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with a
triple off the Monster and scored on Wojciechowski's wild pitch.
TAKE A PEEK
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he frequently looks at the scoreboard to monitor
teams Boston's trying to catch in the AL's wild-card race.
"Why not? That's the way it is," he said. "That's part of baseball. Whoever
says they don't look, they're lying. You always pay attention."
They remained 6 behind Tampa Bay, the second wild-card team.
Third-base umpire Joe West was hit on the right leg in foul territory by a hard
grounder from Baltimore's Richie Martin. West got a nice hand from the fans
after they noticed he was OK.
LOOK AT THAT
Orioles CF Stevie Wilkerson made a leaping catch up against the wall on Mitch
Moreland's drive to end the fourth, falling to the track after the grab.
Wilkerson probably knew how Moreland felt after his grounder that was going
up-the-middle for a hit was snared by SS Xander Bogaerts, who left slid before
getting up and throwing to first.
Orioles: Promoted RHP Hunter Harvey from Triple-A Norfolk before the game after
sending RHP Tom Eshelman there following Friday's loss. Harvey, who has battled
injuries since being selected with their first pick in 2013, made his major
league debut, working a scoreless inning with two strikeouts and a walk.
Red Sox: LHP David Price (cyst, left wrist) was scheduled to throw a bullpen
Saturday. The left-hander went on the 10-day IL on August 8. Cora didn't have
any news on how it went before the game.
Orioles LHP Ty Blach (0-1, 13.50 ERA) is slated to start the series finale
Sunday against Red Sox RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 5.77).
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