Red Sox Wrap: Xander Bogaerts’ Milestone Night Leads Boston To 7-4 Win

by NESN Staff

August 29, 2019

The Boston Red Sox made the most of their trip to the Mile High City.

Boston rode its Rocky Mountain high, notching a two-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 7-4 win Wednesday night at Coors Field.

The Sox received a milestone night from Xander Bogaerts, who launched a pair of home runs as the Boston offense collectively tallied four long balls on the evening. Eduardo Rodriguez worked around a lot of traffic, but did enough to earn his team-leading 16th win of the season.

The Red Sox moved to 72-62 with the win while the Rockies fell to 59-75.

Here’s how it all went down:

GAME IN A WORD
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That’s technically not a word but you get it. And lay off, we do 162 of these.

ON THE BUMP
— Rodriguez’s run of consecutive quality starts ended Wednesday night, but he did enough to pick up the win.

The southpaw had to work around a good deal of traffic, allowing nine hits and three walks while striking out five over five innings of work. He held Colorado scoreless into the fourth. A leadoff walk led to three singles, with Garrett Hampson making it 2-1 on a safety squeeze bunt.

Back-to-back singles from Yonathan Diaz and Tony Wolters plated two more runs in the fifth as the Rockies closed the deficit to 5-3. Rodriguez’s evening was done after 104 pitches, 60 of which were for strikes.

— Josh Taylor entered to throw a scoreless sixth, allowing one hit with a strikeout.

— Marcus Walden was tagged for a run in the seventh to make it 6-4 after giving up a leadoff double to Nolan Arenado. The righty surrendered just the one hit and struck out one.

— Matt Barnes worked around a walk to chuck a scoreless eighth, striking out one.

— Brandon Workman picked up his ninth save of the season after working a spotless ninth, striking out the side.

IN THE BATTER’S BOX
— J.D. Martinez put up a two-spot in the third inning.

Following a Rafael Devers stand-up triple, Martinez laced a long home run to left to make it 2-0.

— Boston tacked on three runs in the fifth.

Bogaerts plated two runs on a home run to right-center field to make it 4-1.

Christian Vazquez then drilled a single off the wall in right to plate Martinez to make 5-1.

— Bogaerts logged his second home run of the night and 30th of the season with another opposite-field blast into the Rockies bullpen to make it 6-3.

— Devers went bridge to lead off the ninth to make it 7-4.

— Bogaerts had three hits, adding a double to his two long balls.

— Devers had three hits, as well, coming up just a double short of the cycle.

— Martinez and Vazquez each had two hits.

— Mookie Betts and Mitch Moreland also added base knocks. Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr. went hitless.

TWEET OF THE GAME
Devers forever is a mood.

UP NEXT
The Red Sox get a day off before heading back to Southern California to face the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. Nathan Eovaldi is slated to take the mound for Boston opposite left-hander Jose Suarez. First pitch is slated for 10:07 p.m. ET.

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