BOSTON – The season's wedding of his team of ten wins is over. Eduardo Rodriguez wants to be Boston's first 12-game winner when the Red Sox compete in the second game of a four-game series at Fenway Park against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Rick Porcello failed Friday night in his attempt for No. 12 as the first place Red Sox dropped a wild 13-7 decision to the Jays. Rodriguez, who has not run in his last two starts, faces Sam Sam Gaviglio on Saturday.
Rodriguez, who has 11 wins despite starting the season late after knee surgery, is 8-3 with a 2.82 ERA in his last 12 starts, allowing for two out of nine earned runs or less.
He is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA against Toronto this season. He is 3-3 with a 5.09 ERA in 10 career appearances, nine starts.
Although the Red Sox had begun their triumph, they maintained their 3 1/2 lead in the American League East over the defeated New York Yankees.
"It obviously sucked," said J. D. Martinez. "There is really nothing to say, we have done a good job of getting traffic on base all the play." To do seven runs, I feel like we have done a good job all night Leave precedence. "
Gaviglio starts off with only two days off, having thrown 48 games in a 1 2/3-inning start (Atlanta, 6 hits, 6 runs) in Atlanta.
The Jays had hoped that Marco Estrada could start on Saturday, but he was placed on the 10-day list on Friday with a tense left gluteus muscle. There was talk of starting a smaller Legaur for the start, but John Gibbons chose Gaviglio.
Before Friday's game, Gibbons said, "We thought (Estrada) could go, but it's not worth it, it's going to delete a job, it's likely to be Gaviglio … pretty sure we'll do that, and we'll leave just let him go, see how long he can go. "
A potential problem for Saturday is that the Jays will need six helpers on Friday night's win. Gibbons said after the game on Friday: "There will be one or two moves, we'll find out."
Gaviglio is 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA this season – in 12 games (10 starts). He has not won since May 25 and lost to Red Sox as a starter on May 30 at Fenway – giving four runs to seven hits (two homers) in six innings.
The current Blue Jays are a combined 28-for-138 (.203) with four homers against Rodriguez. Justin Smoak is 3-for-10 (.300), but Yangervis Solarte and Luke Maile are both 1-for-6 (.167) and Kevin Pillar 5-for-21 (.238).
No Red Sox player has more than six beats against Gaviglio and Martinez and Eduardo Nunez have both brought the right-handers.
Following the loss of Steve Pearce (tag) with a shin fracture on Thursday, the Red Sox were without Andrew Benintendi, who was on the scorching list for the last weekend before the All-Star break. Sam Travis was called by Pawtucket to replace him.
Drew Pomeranz, who has not played since 31 May (forearm), kicked off a Triple A rehab start on Friday night – and had his third tough start with 78 pitches.
"I felt good today, I probably felt the best I've felt all the time, made a sound when needed," he said. "I've given up on a home run, whatever, I'm just trying to beat 3-0 and the guy is swinging, it's another game down here, but that's the best thing I've ever felt."
Lefty Brian Johnson will be out of the disabled list to host the Boston final on Sunday. He has not pitched since July 3 because of hip inflammation.