Rafael Devers’ Pivotal Home Run Helps Red Sox Take Series Opener Over Yankees

The Red Sox picked up a win in the series opener over the Yankees; here’s a recap:

  • Devers bashes three-run homer in first: With two men on and two men out, with an 0-2 count Rafael Devers launched a ball 429 feet, 112.4 MPH to give the Red Sox the early 3-0 lead.
  • Gonzalez helps Sox grab two more: Marwin Gonzalez hit a sharp double down the left field line to plate two more Sox runs, making it 5-0 in the top of the sixth.
  • Eovaldi keeps Yanks in check: Nathan Eovaldi went six strong innings, allowing just two runs off eight hits. He allowed just four hits and no runs entering the sixth, but a shaky sixth inning would change that. Only one Yankee run was earned, as an Aaron Judge launched a solo home run into left field for the Yankees’ first run.  Marwin Gonzalez made two errors on one play in the sixth to bring home the Yankees’ second run. Eovaldi’s season ERA moves to 3.78, and his season record moves to a strong 7-2.
  • Sawamura shuts down Yankees twice: Hirokazu Sawamura relieved Nate Eovaldi in the seventh, and set the Yankees down in order in the seventh, and allowed just a base runner in the eighth to make it two straight scoreless frames. Sawamura’s season ERA moves to 2.78.
  • Barnes picks up 13th save: Matt Barnes struck out the side in the ninth, to make it three shutdown innings from the pen, and more importantly capture the Red Sox’ 34th win.
  • What’s next? Eduardo Rodriguez (5-4, 5.64 ERA) will take on Jameson Taillon (1-4, 5.10 ERA) in hopes to rebound from his previous start.

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