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McAdam: Finally, a starter answers the call for the Red Sox as Eduardo Rodriguez sparkles in win

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It was a night of firsts.

For the first time this season, the Red Sox won consecutive games.

For the first time this season, they scored early and never lost the lead.

And for the first time this season -- and first time since last August, in fact -- they got a homer from Andrew Benintendi.

But what was most noteworthy was that they got an honest-to-goodness, deep, dominant start from a member of their starting rotation.

What a concept.

"We've been waiting,'' said Alex Cora, "for a start like this for two weeks.''

It had, indeed, been a while. Through the first 13 games, the Red Sox had gotten exactly one quality start from a starter. They had not had a single starter pitch beyond the sixth inning. And, it should stand to reason, they didn't yet have a win from any of their starting pitcher.

But Eduardo Rodriguez changes all that.