BOSTON Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez rebounded from a poor start last week to limit Boston to one run in 6 2/3 innings and to help the Texas Rangers leave Fenway Park on Thursday with a 3-1 win.
Rodriguez relied heavily on his two-seam fastball, which helped produce 11 groundball outs and helped keep the Red Sox’s right-handed hitters from banging walls off the Green Monster in left field.
“My two-seamer today, I had good command of that,” Rodriguez said. “I think everybody played good defense. I got a lot of groundballs.”
Rodriguez retired the first six Red Sox and faced the minimum through three innings. The Red Sox put runners at second and third to start the fourth, but scored only once. Rodriguez helped himself by charging a Hanley Ramirez tapper in front of the mound and shoveling the ball to Carlos Corporan to get Dustin Pedroia as he tried to score from home.
“I don’t know what he came to home plate,” Rodriguez said.
Said manager Jeff Banister: “That was the only play he had.”
Rodriguez (2-2) also benefitted from a Brock Holt grounder hitting Xander Bogaerts in the foot on a hit-and-run. Rather than Boston having runners at first and third with one out, Bogaerts was the second out and Holt was the lone runner at first.
Keone Kela got four outs after replacing Rodriguez in the seventh, and Shawn Tolleson pitched around a leadoff double in the ninth by David Ortiz to pick up the save for the second straight night.
Rodriguez, though, was the Rangers’ best pitcher Thursday and arguably this month. The Rangers have one three of his four starts.
“Really nice pitching by Wandy,” Banister said. “Back to what we’ve seen. The ability to get quick outs and run through their lineup was a key for us.”
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