Sox make sure to add on: Too often this season, the Red Sox have managed to score some runs early, but then stop producing, making for rocky finishes, especially given some of the issues with their bullpen. But this wasn't one of those nights. After the Sox overcame a one-run deficit in the fifth with three runs to take the lead, they didn't coast the rest of the way. In the eighth inning, they parlayed four straight hits -- three of them for extra bases -- and then two walks into three huge insurance runs. In addition to providing some separation on the scoreboard, it gave Alex Cora a chance to do something he's been wanting to do more often: provide Matt Barnes with some work in non-high leverage situations. After going 17 innings the night before, the Sox eighth-inning eruption guaranteed that this one was not going to get away from the Sox.
Rodriguez answers the call: The Red Sox used a total of nine relievers in Tuesday's endless 17-inning defeat -- including a pitcher who had started two days prior -- so the bullpen was pretty spent coming into Wednesday. Eduardo Rodriguez knew that and