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How Chris Sale pushed Eduardo Rodriguez down the right path Tuesday night

05.17.17 at 12:33 am ET

Eduardo Rodriguez (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

Eduardo Rodriguez (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

ST. LOUIS — It’s starting to look like the Red Sox might have something in Eduardo Rodriguez.

The Red Sox starter turned in yet another solid outing Tuesday night, allowing three runs over six innings. Rodriguez. It was the fifth straight start in which the lefty has gone six innings while not allowing more than three runs.

But in years past, this one had all the makings of one that would have come off the rails for the Red Sox.

After cruising through two innings, Rodriguez started slowing falling apart. After a leadoff single by Kolten Wong, the Red Sox pitcher actually hit St. Louis starting hurler Lance Lynn with two strikes while the pitcher was trying to bunt.

Two more hits and a sacrifice fly later and Rodriguez had given the lead right back to the Cardinals via a three-run inning. That’s when Chris Sale stepped in.

“I mean, I got out of that inning and Porz [Rick Porcello} and Sale come to me, and Sale just tells me, ‘Hey man.’ That was the key to get back in the game. He just tells me, ‘This is where the men go out and show who you are. Just go there and try to limit the damage and fight,’ you know what I mean? I think that helped me a lot to get back in the game.”

Rodriguez heeded the advice and righted the ship, going on to not allow another run throughout his final three innings. And by the time he exited, the Red Sox had reclaimed the lead to allow for what would be the starter’s second win of the season.

“I thought he turned in another quality performance here tonight and particularly the fifth and sixth inning where we will able to take back the lead with the two runs in the top of the fifth and he was at this best to go out and have a nine-pitch inning in the bottom of the fifth,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell after his team’s 6-3 win. “Kept his pitch count in order to be able to go out and really allow us to be able to set up the bullpen in a really, I think, a favorable way with some of the matchups.”

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