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Red Sox Eduardo Rodriguez Wins First MLB Game In Debut

The Red Sox top pitching prospect, Eduardo Rodriguez was called up on for a spot start on Thursday against the Texas Rangers in Arlington and didn’t disappoint, as he tossed 7.2 IP of scoreless baseball, allowing just two hits, walking two and striking out seven.

The rookie pitcher threw 105 pitches with 68 strikes, and induced 10 ground outs, while getting two outs in the air.

In his first major league inning, Rodriguez retired the Rangers in order, striking Prince Fielder on a 87 MPH slider to end the inning.

In the second, the Venezuelan native worked around a one-out double off the bat of Josh Hamilton, and retired the next two batters to end the threat.

From the last two outs in the second inning the fifth inning, Rodriguez retired 10 straight batters before allowing a two-out walk to Elvis Andrus in the bottom of the inning. But Adam Rosales was called out on three pitches to keep the Rangers scoreless.

The Red Sox lefty pitched his way into the eighth inning and was releived with two outs after walking Robinson Chirinos and giving up a single to Delino DeShields. Tammy Layne struck out ShinSoo Choo to end the inning. Koji Uehara pitched to one batter in the ninth and gor Andrus to line out to right field to secure Rodriguez’s first major league victory.

Eduardo Rodriguez’s final line: 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K

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David Conde
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