Two runs were all that the Red Sox needed Monday, as Nathan Eovaldi led the Red Sox past the Blue Jays with a magnificent start, and was just “tremendous” as Red Sox broadcaster Dave O’Brien described.
The win was the Sox’s 40th of the year, as the Red Sox remain three games behind the Rays of the division.
Red Sox muster just one run through first eight frames:
The Red Sox lone run before the ninth came from an RBI double off the bat of Alex Verdugo back in the bottom of the third, that drove in Marwin Gonzalez.
The Red Sox were able to muster just four hits off Alex Manoah who went six innings, while striking out five times getting just one run in the process. Joel Payamps, who was a part of the Red Sox organization twice through a series of waiver claims this offseason, pitched two innings where he didn’t allow a hit, nor a run.
Eovaldi has shutdown start:
Nathan Eovaldi went into the seventh inning, allowing just three hits while only walking one batter. Despite setting just four Blue Jays down on strikes, it was enough to hold the Jays scoreless through 6 2/3.
The right-hander threw 32 fastballs, 18 splitters, 17 cutters, 10 sliders, and four curveballs tallying 82 pitches. He was issued a no-decision in the victory.
Taylor sets up Barnes for save:
Josh Taylor finished the seventh for Eovaldi by setting Rowdy Tellez down on strikes, and had a 1-2-3 eighth by striking out the final two batters of the inning. It set up Matt Barnes for the save, with the score sitting at 1-0.
Barnes blows save:
After retiring the first two batters, Marcus Semien and Bo Bichette via the strikeout, in the second pitch of the at-bat Matt Barnes hung a curveball for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to bash an estimated 451 feet out of Fenway Park.
Barnes would retire Teoscar Hernandez on strikes to retire the side, but that damage was done as Matt Barnes blew his second save of the year.
Rafael Devers walks it off:
Alex Verdugo led off the bottom of the ninth, and on an 0-2 pitch he reached base on a groundball that Toronto second baseman Marcus Semien wasn’t able to get to. J.D. Martinez followed that up with a single to left-field, to put two on with nobody out.
Xander Bogaerts wasn’t able to cash in, flying out to right field. But with one out, and Devers facing a 1-2 count, he drove a fastball from Rafael Dolis into left-center field off the well. Alex Verdugo came around to score, and the Red Sox would capture there third walkoff win this season to split a four-game set with Toronto.
The Red Sox travel to Atlanta for a two-game set, with Eduardo Rodriguez facing Tucker Davidson Tuesday and Garrett Richards facing Ian Anderson Wednesday.