Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer, Eduardo Rodriguez struck out 10 and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game rematch of the 2018 World Series.
Rafael Devers and Christian Vazquez also homered for the Red Sox, who broke the game open with a five-run rally that was interrupted by a one-hour rain delay in the seventh inning.
The Red Sox, who beat the Dodgers in five games to win their ninth World Series title, returned from the All-Star break with their fifth straight victory.
The Dodgers were well-represented in their return to Boston with enough blue-and-white-clad fans to drown out “Red Sox” during the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Red Sox fans countered with the “Beat LA!” chant, and the Red Sox did just that, winning for the fifth time in six games and topping the club with the best record in the majors.
Rodriguez (10-4) tied his season high for strikeouts and held the Dodgers to five hits in seven innings.
Alex Verdugo hit his 10th homer and Kenta Maeda struck out seven in 5 ⅔ innings for the Dodgers. Maeda allowed three runs, two on solo homers by Devers and Vazquez. Los Angeles, the only team in the majors with 60 wins, lost its fourth in a row.
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Twins 5, Indians 3: Minnesota slowed Cleveland’s charge in the AL Central as Jorge Polanco’s two-run double in the seventh inning helped end the host Indians’ six-game winning streak.
Rays 16, Orioles 4: Tommy Pham and Nate Lowe homered and visiting Tampa Bay emerged from the All-Star break by scoring seven runs in the first inning in the rout of Baltimore.
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 0: Domingo German cruised through six innings of three-hit ball, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run double and host New York beat Toronto.
Marlins 8, Mets 4: Garrett Cooper, Curtis Granderson and Brian Anderson all homered and drove in two runs to power host Miami past New York.
Nationals 4, Phillies 0: Stephen Strasburg struck out six in six innings, Victor Robles hit a two-run single and visiting Washington blanked Philadelphia.
Cubs 4, Pirates 3: Jason Heyward hit a tiebreaking RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning, and host Chicago beat Pittsburgh.
Rockies 3, Reds 2: Daniel Murphy hit a go-ahead solo shot in the eighth for his first homer at Coors Field as a member of the Rockies and host Colorado rallied to win.
Rangers 9, Astros 8: Danny Santana lined a game-winning single with two outs in the ninth inning and Texas rallied from a four-run deficit after major league strikeout leader Gerrit Cole exited the game.
Diamondbacks 4, Cardinals 2: Jake Lamb and Ketel Marte homered, Robbie Ray allowed just two hits over 6 ⅓ innings as visiting Arizona beat St. Louis.
Royals 8, Tigers 5: Martin Maldonado and Jorge Soler hit late homers and Whit Merrifield scored on a wild pitch as host Kansas City beat Detroit.
Briefly: The Brewers signed veteran right-hander Shelby Miller to a minor-league contract. … Vanderbilt outfielder J.J. Bleday, the fourth overall pick in the amateur draft, agreed to a contract with the Marlins that includes a $6.67 million signing bonus.
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