Rodriguez, Red Sox sweep away NationalsBy CHRIS COTILLO
July 04. 2018 9:31PM
WASHINGTON — Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez bounced back from a bad start in New York in a big way Wednesday afternoon as the Red Sox won the finale against the Nationals, 3-0.
Boston completed the sweep of Washington, having outscored the Nats 17-7 in three games. The teams will not meet again this season.
Rodriguez went six scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and striking out six Nationals. The Red Sox improved to 14-3 in his starts on the year after dropping the last two to the Mariners and Yankees.
Boston grinded out two runs in the seventh inning, with Rafael Devers scoring on a sacrifice fly and Eduardo Nunez scoring on a wild pitch. Devers appeared to injure his shoulder sliding into home plate on a close play but remained in the game.
Jackie Bradley Jr. had an RBI double for Boston in the ninth. Closer Craig Kimbrel picked up his 26th save of the season.
Washington starter Erick Fedde left the game in the second inning after trainers came out to the mound. The reasonreason for his departure is not known, as the Nationals have a club policy not to make in-game injury announcements. Washington used seven pitchers on the day.
Devers’ run was the product of a questionable decision to catch foul ball.
With runners on first and third and no outs, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a pop fly into foul territory down the left field line. Left-fielder Adam Eaton chased it down, sliding to make the catch and allowing Devers to tag up and score.
Eaton’s instincts likely took over, but letting that ball drop and keeping the runner at third may have been the better play on a day when the Nationals offense couldn’t get anything going.
Manager Alex Cora is still committed to using Kelly in big situations despite his recent struggles, so it’s good to see him post a strong performance in a high-leverage spot.
All in the family
The Red Sox have signed outfielder Kyle Wren to a minor-league deal, a baseball source confirmed to MassLive on Wednesday. Wren, the son of senior vice president Frank Wren, was recently released by Milwaukee.
Wren, originally an 8th-round pick of the Braves while his father was the general manager back in 2013, owned a .294 batting average in 47 games with the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate this season before being released to seek other opportunities in late June.
Atlanta traded Wren to the Brewers after firing his father following the 2014 season. He has been considered a fringe prospect throughout his minor-league career.
Wren will join his brother, Jordan, in the Red Sox’ system. Jordan Wren was Boston’s 10th-round pick in last year’s draft and has spent the season with Greenville and Salem.
Kyle Wren will likely head to Pawtucket.
Sox off to Kansas City
The Red Sox flew to Kansas City after Wednesday’s game and are off today. That will allow a mini-break of sorts for the team, which has a day and a half off to relax before a three-game set against the Royals.
Friday, 8:15 p.m. ET: LHP Chris Sale (8-4, 2.41 ERA) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (2-10, 5.56 ERA).
Saturday, 7:15 p.m. ET: LHP David Price (9-6, 4.28 ERA) vs. RHP Brad Keller (2-3, 2.09 ERA).
Sunday, 2:15 p.m. ET: RHP Rick Porcello (10-3, 3.57 ERA) vs. RHP Jake Junis (5-10, 5.13 ERA).