BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer, Eduardo Rodriguez struck out 10 and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 Friday night in the opener of a three-game rematch of the 2018 World Series.
Rafael Devers and Christian Vázquez 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.
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 2/3 innings for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers fell to 1-6 at Fenway Park in the few regular-season meetings between the franchises.
Kenta Maeda (7-6) struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings for Los Angeles. He allowed three runs, two on solo homers by Devers and Vázquez, on four hits with one walk.
Carlos Santana connected for his 20th homer for Cleveland.
Indians starter Mike Clevinger allowed just one run — the homer to Nelson in the first — over five-plus innings and was in line to get the win before Clevelands bullpen had a rare meltdown.
Lowe had a career-high four hits and three RBIs, and Kevin Kiermaier had three hits, scored three runs and drove in two.
Yonny Chirinos (8-4) had an easy time earning his first victory in six starts since June 7. He gave up two runs and four hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts.
The Rays sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning against Dylan Bundy (4-11). After Pham homered, Tampa Bay added four doubles and three singles in an uprising that Bundy fueled with a wild pitch and a walk.
Renato Núñez hit his 21st home run, but the Orioles fell to 11-32 at home and 27-63 overall.
New York has won 17 of 21 and boasts the American Leagues best record at 58-31.
Germán (11-2) threw just 78 pitches, 54 for strikes, and retired 15 in a row following Eric Sogards leadoff hit. He had seven strikeouts. Tommy Kahnle and Chad Green combined for three scoreless innings in relief.
Aaron Sanchez (3-13) allowed four runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter in five innings. He leads the majors in losses.
Miamis Caleb Smith (5-4) pitched six innings, allowing two unearned runs and three hits. He struck out six and worked around a season-high five walks.
Granderson and Cooper hit consecutive homers as part of a four-run third inning off Jason Vargas (3-5). The pair keyed another rally in the sixth. Starlin Castro added an RBI triple in the eighth.
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