DETROIT (AP) — Eduardo Rodriguez left pitches over the plate and his former teammates took advantage.
Jackie Bradley, Kiké Hernández and Rafael Devers hit consecutive RBI doubles in the fourth inning to chase Rodriguez, and the Boston Red Sox held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-7 Wednesday and win the three-game series.
“He was middling a lot and when we got him in the zone, we did damage,” manager Alex Cora said.
Boston went into the fifth inning ahead 7-1 and led by 9-2 after batting in the seventh, and its comfortable cushion became a precarious two-run lead going into the final inning.
Hansel Robles got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by getting Jonathan Schoop to pop up on the infield and retired the side in order in the ninth, earning the save.
“He did an amazing job,” Cora said.
Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) allowed up Schoop’s solo home run in the first inning and not much else until Akil Baddoo hit a solo homer in the fifth. Eovaldi allowed two runs, four hits and a walk over five innings.
Rodriguez (0-1) gave up a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to Alex Verdugo for the second out in the fourth before third baseman Jeimer Candelario made a throwing error on Christian Vazquez’s grounder on a rain-soaked field.
Boston made the most of the opportunity, hitting three straight run-scoring doubles to left to end Rodriguez’s outing.
“If you make a mistake, you’re going to pay for it,” Rodriguez said. “That’s what happened in that inning.
“Too much of the plate and too much of the strike zone.”
Trevor Story followed with a RBI single off Rony Garcia to give the Red Sox a 7-1 lead.
Rodriguez allowed up seven runs — two earned — five hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings in his second start with the Tigers. He signed a $77…