Boston Red Sox

Eduardo Rodriguez of the Boston Red Sox pitches during the top of the first inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Fenway Park on July 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, and Christian Vazquez all homered and Eduardo Rodriguez struck out 10 as the Red Sox beat down the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 in the first game of a three-game World Series rematch at Fenway Park on Friday.

Rodriguez improved to 10-4 in the win, allowing just one earned run with five hits and two walks in seven innings. He’s just four wins away from setting a new career-high in that category. Friday marked just the fourth time all season that Rodriguez made it through seven innings, but he needed only a relatively efficient 105 pitches to get there. He finished the top of the seventh just before an hour-long rain delay halted proceedings in the bottom of the frame.

Devers went 2-for-3 to up his team-leading batting average among qualifiers to .327, while Bogaerts tied J.D. Martinez for the team lead in home runs with his 18th. The Red Sox third baseman was intentionally walked in the bottom of the seventh to get to Bogaerts, who made the Dodgers pay with a three-run blast into the Green Monster seats.

Devers got the scoring started with a solo shot into the Monster in the bottom of the first. Then he provided what looked like an important insurance run at the time with an RBI double off the wall in the sixth.

The Red Sox and Dodgers get back to business on Saturday at 7:15.3 Chris Sale (3-8, 4.04 ERA) will oppose Ross Stripling (3-3, 3.79 ERA) in game two of the World Series rematch.

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