Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

The Red Sox picked up back-to-back wins for the first time in 2019, beating the Orioles 6-4 Friday night at Fenway Park

W: Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2)

L: David Hess (1-2)

S: Ryan Brasier (3)

Here are three thoughts from the game:

1. The Red Sox finally got a good start:

Eduardo Rodriguez delivered what was easily the best start of 2019 so far for the Red Sox, tossing 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball. The lefty struck out eight and gave up only three hits.

Still, the long ball was a problem for a Red Sox starter again. Rodriguez was one out away from finishing his night on a strong note before giving up a two-run homer to Dwight Smith Jr.

Boston starters have allowed 19 home runs in 15 games this year.

2. Brandon Workman continues to pitch his way into high-leverage situations

The Red Sox bullpen has been surprisingly effective to begin the year and there’s been no pitcher better out of the ‘pen for Boston than Brandon Workman.

Workman tossed a scoreless eighth inning and has not allowed a run in his seven appearances this season. He has emerged as Alex Cora’s third option in relief after Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier.

3. Jackie Bradley Jr. dazzled again in center:

Bradley has been a black hole at the plate this year, going 0-for-3 Friday to drop his average to a putrid .149, but he added another highlight in the field:

Bradley also added a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.

Up next: 

The Sox and Orioles play game two of their series Saturday afternoon at 1:05. Rick Porcello (0-2, 13.50 ERA) will take the ball against right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-1, 5.28 ERA)

You can hear Matt McCarthy on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s own Hardcore Baseball podcast and on various 98.5 The Sports Hub programs. Follow him on Twitter @MattMcCarthy985.