Boston takes on San Diego after Rodriguez’s strong performance
San Diego; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Boston heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez pitched seven innings, giving up zero runs on five hits with six strikeouts against San Diego.
The Padres are 29-34 on their home turf. The San Diego pitching staff averages 9 strikeouts per nine innings, Joey Lucchesi leads them with a mark of 8.7.
The Red Sox have gone 35-27 away from home. Boston has hit 201 home runs this season, eighth in the MLB. J.D. Martinez leads them with 30, averaging one every 15.7 at-bats. The Red Sox won the last meeting 11-0. Eduardo Rodriguez notched his 15th victory and Martinez went 3-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBIs for Boston. Chris Paddack registered his seventh loss for San Diego.
TOP PERFORMERS: Hunter Renfroe leads the Padres with 50 extra base hits and is slugging .527. Eric Hosmer is 14-for-39 with four doubles, a home run and four RBIs over the last 10 games for San Diego.
LAST 10 GAMES: Padres: 4-6, .225 batting average, 4.86 ERA, outscored by 17 runs
Red Sox: 7-3, .321 batting average, 2.87 ERA, outscored opponents by 30 runs
Padres Injuries: Adam Warren: (forearm), Robert Stock: (bicep), Garrett Richards: (elbow), Jacob Nix: (elbow), Adrian Morejon: (shoulder), Aaron Loup: (elbow), Brett Kennedy: (shoulder), Carl Edwards Jr.: (shoulder), Miguel Diaz: (knee), Jose Castillo: (finger), Franchy Cordero: (quad), Fernando Tatis Jr.: (back), Ian Kinsler: (neck).