Red Sox Wrap: Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Take Series Opener Vs. Yankees

Boston improves to 34-23


June 4, 2021

The Boston Red Sox on Friday got off to a strong start in their three-game series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Thanks to strong pitching performances led by Nathan Eovaldi, who got the win on the mound, a three-run homer from Rafael Devers and a couple of RBIs from Marwin González, the Red Sox managed a 5-2 win.

The victory snapped an 11-game losing streak for Boston while playing in the Bronx, lifting the Red Sox to a 34-23 record.

Here’s how it all went down:

— Eovaldi put in six full innings of work, throwing 59 of his 87 pitches for strikes with seven strikeouts and no walks.

He gave up eight hits, four of which came in the sixth inning and led to two New York runs, improving to 7-2 on the mound this season.

— Hirokazu Sawamura had in impressive two innings of relief, striking out five Yankees and walking one.

— Matt Barnes came in to close out the game, striking out all three batters he faced. The Red Sox staff totaled 15 strikeouts on the night.

— Devers got to work early for Boston.

In the first inning, with Alex Verdugo and Xander Bogaerts on first and second after base hits, Devers blasted a three-run homer 429 feet to right field.

— Bogaerts singled to left in the top of the sixth inning to instigate a Yankees pitching change. Hunter Renfroe got on with a single two batters later, setting up Marwin González for a two-RBI double to shallow left field.

— Bogaerts was 2-for-4 with two runs, while González had a multi-hit game as well batting 2-for-3 with two RBI and two doubles.

— Devers finished 1-for-4 with a run and three RBI. Renfroe was 1-for-1 with a run as well. Verdugo, J.D. Martinez and Christian Arroyo also all recorded hits. Only Danny Santana and Christian Vázquez went hitless.

Moving on up…

The fun has just begun. The second of the three-game series between Boston and New York is Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ET.

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