The Red Sox grabbed a 4-2 win over the Yankees Saturday night, as Nathan Eovaldi dominated the Yankees lineup, leading the Sox to victory.
Two of the runs Boston scored came in the second inning, as a pair of sacrifice flies came from Kike Hernandez and Bobby Dalbec. Hunter Renfroe plated Xander Bogaerts with an RBI infield single in the following inning, and the Red Sox added another in the seventh, with their third sacrifice fly of the day – this time from Xander Bogaerts.
Nathan Eovaldi dazzled, tossing seven scoreless innings before allowing a solo homer to D.J. Lemahieu with two outs in the eighth, which knocked him out of the ballgame.
Eovaldi finished his outing tossing 7 2/3 innings, while giving up just a run on seven hits, walking nobody while striking out six.
The Red Sox brought on Hirokazu Sawamura to face the Yankees top of the order and finish the eighth, but the right-hander ran into some trouble. He walked Aaron Judge, before walking Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton to load the bases.
But Adam Ottavino would be brought on to get out of the jam, as Luke Voit grounded out to Xander Bogaerts to retire the side. The ballgame remained scoreless.
After the Red Sox were unable to muster any runs in the bottom of the eighth, it was handed over to Adam Ottavino in the top of the ninth. After Gleyber Torres singled, and Brett Gardner walked, the Yankees picked up a run with D.J. Lemahieu’s RBI single.
With two on, and two out, Aaron Judge worked a full count, after being down 0-2. Ottavino threw an outside fastball on his payoff delivery, and Judge whiffed on it to give the former Yankee his fifth save of the season.
Connor Wong records first MLB hit:
Connor Wong recroded his first MLB hit, in his first at-bat. He made a base-running appearance in Thursday’s win, but tallied his first career big-league start Saturday night.
On a full count delivery from Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery, Wong lined one into right field for a base hit.
(Photo of Marwin Gonzalez (No. 12) high-fiving catcher Connor Wong/AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)