After so-so home start, Celtics hit the road

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After so-so home start, Celtics hit the road

BOSTON -- After playing 19 of their first 28 games at the TD Garden, the Boston Celtics are hitting the road for a four-game road trip heading into the All-Star Break.

They leave behind an 11-8 home record, one marked by a mix of blowouts, grind-it-out wins, and losses they let slip away.

In chronological order:

Home Wins: Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors (twice), Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls

Home Losses: Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

Following a frustrating 98-88 loss to the Pistons on Wednesday night (in which they trailed by just one after the third quarter), the C's will fly to Chicago to face the Bulls on Thursday. They will then travel to Detroit, Dallas and Oklahoma City to round out the trip. The Celtics have lost to each of those five teams already this season.

Despite being 4-5 on the road, coach Doc Rivers isnt weighing the away games with any more significance than the games played in Boston.

That part doesnt bother me at all. The road-home schedule hasnt, never did, he said. I think were really good on the road. I think like Ive said, so far weve proven we can beat anybody and lose to anybody. Thats the maddening part. What we havent proven is that we can be a consistent basketball team, and thats where we have to get to.

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.

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