CINCINNATI -- Mitch Moreland gave a masterful Eduardo Rodriguez some breathing room with a towering three-run homer in the sixth and the Red Sox whittled their magic number down to five in the American League East with a 5-0 victory over the Reds on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.
Rodriguez (6-6, 3.91 ERA) was sharp from the outset en route to his fourth straight strong performance, holding the Reds to three hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings and striking out six.
Red Sox beat Reds 5-0, trim magic number to 5
With eight games left, Boston (90-64) has a four-game lead in the division after the Yankees beat the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Clinging to a 1-0 lead in the sixth, Moreland changed the game when he unloaded on a first-pitch changeup from Robert Stephenson and smashed it with an exit velocity of 104.9-mph, according to Statcast™. Moreland's 20th homer of the season traveled a projected distance of 411 feet. Moreland has now hit at least 20 home runs in four consecutive seasons.
The Red Sox got a sacrifice fly from Brock Holt in the top of the first to take the lead. That run was set up on a double by Xander Bogaerts and a passed ball by Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart.
Stephenson went six innings for the Reds, allowing five hits and four runs, just two of which were earned. He walked two and struck out four.
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