Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts is congratulated by teammate J.D. Martinez after his three-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning of Tuesday night's game at Fenway Park. AP photo) SIGN UP TO CONTINUE Print Subscriber? Sign Up for Full Access!
There’s a lot to like about the Boston Red Sox right now, who sit in first place in the American League East having won 12 of their last 15 games Just not many predicted they’d be having this success. Many wrote the Red Sox off after a disappointing 2020 season, plagued by a lack of pitching that the offense surprisingly couldn’t make up for. So entering 2021, the assumption was the team was entering a bit of a rebuilding stage for strength down the road, not necessarily short term success.
Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run home run to back Eduardo Rodriguez in his first start at Fenway Park since 2019, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Tuesday night. Rodriguez (3-0), who missed last season due to COVID-19 complications, allowed two runs on three hits over six innings and struck out six for AL East-leading Boston. Matt Andriese, Adam Ottavino and Matt Barnes each worked a scoreless inning in relief.