Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Red Sox 5, Yankees 2

NEW YORK — The big-name Red Sox got a lift from their unheralded Venezuelan battery to win their season-high sixth straight game.

Sandy Leon homered and drove in four and Eduardo Rodriguez again dominated the Yankees in his return from Triple A as Boston beat New York 5-2 Saturday.

Leon hit his second homer this season, and the third of his career, in the sixth inning — a three-run shot off CC Sabathia for a 5-1 lead. The catcher has 13 RBIs in 20 games this year after compiling only eight in 75 career games before that. He's hitting .458 through 59 at-bats this season.

"He looks different now," Rodriguez said. "He hits the ball everywhere."

Leon also helped his countryman hold New York to a run and four hits over seven innings after the Red Sox recalled the left-hander from the minors Friday. Rodriguez is 4-1 with a 2.01 ERA against Boston's rival.

Rodriguez opened the season on the disabled list with a knee injury, then posted an 8.59 ERA in six starts before being demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket. Boston believed Rodriguez was telegraphing his pitches and had him adjust his delivery in the minors.

"Now, I'm not thinking about the tipping stuff," Rodriguez said. "I just throw the ball right where I want it."

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