For at least one night, the Boston Red Sox turned back the clock a year or so and showed just why they won the World Series last year as they swatted aside the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 at Fenway Park on Friday night. They did so via a combination of great hitting and, of course, excellent pitching. They hammered three home runs on the night, with Xander Bogaerts’ three run jack proving to be the nail in the coffin that took the lead up to seven.
Eduardo Rodriguez was incredibly impressive on the mound, pitching seven innings of one run baseball while mowing down ten hitters on the evening. The visiting Dodgers only managed to get a combined five hits in the outing, with only one of them coming from the first five in the batting order. That one belonged to Cody Bellinger, who was still 1-3. L.A. did no harm to their standing in the NL West with their loss, as they are still up 12.5 games. The Red Sox, meanwhile, still reside in third place in the AL East and trail the Yankees by nine games. They are 2.5 back of Tampa Bay, though, so they still have a real shot at this.