ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Eduardo Rodriguez threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings to become the youngest Red Sox starter to win in his major league debut on the road since 1967, and Boston beat the Rangers 5-1 to spoil Josh Hamilton's first home game back in Texas on Thursday night.
The 22-year-old Rodriguez was already the youngest Red Sox pitcher to make his MLB debut on the road since 21-year-old Roger Clemens in 1985. Billy Rohr was 21 when he won in his debut at the New York Yankees on April 14, 1967.
Rodriguez (1-0) struck out seven and walked two. Boston went ahead to stay when Mookie Betts had an RBI single in the fifth off Nick Martinez (4-1).
Hamilton was 2-for-4, lining a double into the right-field corner on the first pitch he saw from Rodriguez in the second inning. He added an RBI single in the ninth. Back in Texas a month and a day after being re-acquired from the Los Angeles Angels, the 2010 AL MVP had gone 1-for-11 in his first three games after reuniting with the team Monday in Cleveland.
WHITE SOX 3, ORIOLES 2, 1st game
ORIOLES 6, WHITE SOX 3, 2nd game
BALTIMORE (AP) - Chris Sale struck out 12 over 7 2-3 shutout innings to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Orioles in the opener of a doubleheader caused by rioting in Baltimore last month.
The doubleheader was scheduled after games on April 27-28 were postponed because of riots near the ballpark following the funeral of a black man who died of injuries sustained while in police custody. The third game of that series was played without fans in the stadium.
The nightcap featured a matchup of rookie right-handers. Chris Beck (0-1) gave up four earned runs, 10 hits and four walks in six innings in his major league debut for the White Sox. Mike Wright (2-0) went five innings, allowing three runs and six hits.
Zach Britton, the fourth Baltimore reliever, worked a perfect ninth for his 13th save.
Sale (4-2) dominated the Orioles in the opener, setting a season high in strikeouts, allowing four hits and no walks. Making his first major league start following two appearances as a reliever this month, Orioles rookie Tyler Wilson (1-1) took the loss.