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Boston Red Sox vs. San Diego Padres

Boston Red Sox (68-61) at San Diego Padres (59-68)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 8:40 pm (PETCO Park)

Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 6.69) vs Dinelson Lamet (2-2, 3.95)

Lines and Odds: Boston Red Sox -1.5 – Over/Under: 9

Free MLB Pick Boston Red Sox vs San Diego Padres

The Boston Red Sox made quick work of the San Diego Padres last night, holding them scoreless in a rout of 11-0 to take the first game of the weekend series. Outfielder J.D. Martinez was on fire last night for the Sox. He drove in a career-high seven runs, with six coming from a couple of three-run homers. One came off of Padres starter Chris Haddack in the first inning with the other coming the in sixth against rookie Eric Yardley. Eduardo Rodriguez was lights out, pitching seven shutout innings and notching six strikeouts. All of the Padres five hits against Rodriguez were singles, and he tallied up his 15th win on the season after throwing one of the best games of his career. But what Rodriguez will remember the most from this game is during his time on the offensive.

He got on base due to an error and proceeded to score his first run ever on a single by Xander Bogaerts. “I try to have fun every time I have an opportunity to get an at-bat,” Rodriguez said after the game. “I haven’t got a base hit yet. But at least I scored a run for Bogie right there, an RBI. That was the first time I run hard to third base. It was really good.” It was a shining moment in his career that not many would expect and pulling out the win makes it much sweeter.

This will be Nathan Eovaldi's sixth start of the season. Last year, he held his NL opponents to a .203 batting average.The Padres just didn't show up last night. Plain and simple. Only one Padres baserunner made it close to second base. It was a nightmare for a team who has had to endure a nightmare of a season.

'It's a hard one to swallow. Just got beat tonight. That's all there is to it,'' said Paddack, who was chased off in the third inning after allowing six runs and seven hits. ''That's a good hitting team over there, defending champs. I knew going into it, you know I wanted to make that stuff personal to me. I studied the hitters top to bottom. I thought I made pitches. Two pitches I would take back is obviously the fastball to Betts and the one to J.D.''

San Diego is 10-10 in their last 20 games, and lack of consistency has been killing them. Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado went 0-3 and 0-2, respectively. Centerfielder Manuel Margot led the team with two of the five total hits. Dinelson Lamet will take the mound against the Red Sox giving the Padres a bit of hope for the series. Lamet has been pitching exceptionally this year since returning from Tommy John surgery. In his last seven of eight starts, he's allowed only three runs or less. In his his most recent outing, he brushed off the Phillies a week ago with six strikeouts and three earned runs in six innings.

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