Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

The Red Sox returned home to Fenway Park and opened up a three-game set with the Seattle Mariners with an easy 14-1 win Friday night.

W: Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2)

L: Erik Swanson (1-4)

Here are three takeaways from the win:

1. Home runs pile up:

The Red Sox bats continued their hot start to the month of May, putting up 14 runs on 15 hits. Three of those hits left the ballpark:

The Red Sox lead MLB in home runs and runs scored in the month of May.

2. Rodriguez deals:

Eduardo Rodriguez turned in his best outing of the year so far, tossing seven innings of scoreless baseball. The lefty struck out five, walked one, and allowed five hits.

3. Over .500:

With the win, the Red Sox moved to 20-19, above .500 for the first time in 2019. The 2018 Red Sox surpassed the .500 mark in their third game of the year and never dipped below it again.

Up next:

The Sox and Mariners continue their series Saturday afternoon at 1:05. Rick Porcello (2-3, 5.11 ERA) will take the ball against Felix Hernandez (1-3, 5.20 ERA) in a matchup of former Cy Young award winners.

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.