Nathan Eovaldi Shines, Red Sox Score Season-High 20 Runs to Beat Rays in Blowout Fashion

BOSTON — Everything went right for the Red Sox Wednesday night.

They walked nine times and tallied 20 runs while Nathan Eovaldi was nearly flawless.

A trio of doubles from Kike Hernandez, Hunter Renfroe, and Xander Bogaerts put Boston up 2-0 in the first, and J.D. Martinez would plate Bogaerts with a single to make it 3-0.

After Bobby Dalbec walked, with two outs a pair of doubles from Renfroe and Hernandez made it 5-0 in the following inning.

The Sox added on to their lead, as Rafael Devers stroked an RBI double into left field to make it 6-0 in the fourth. After J.D. Martinez was intentionally walked to load the bases, Kevin Plawecki walked in a run to make it 7-0. Marwin Gonzalez kept the rally going, as after smoking one off the Coca-Cola sign  foul, he blooped another RBI single into right to make it 8-0.

Bobby Dalbec blooped another single into right that barely made it into the outfield, and it brought home two more runs to make it 10-0 to cap off a five-run fourth.

Martinez made it 11-0 with an RBI single in the fifth, before Bobby Dalbec, with the bases loaded, hit a fly ball to right field. Right fielder Randy Arozarena looked like he was camped under it to retire the side, but he misplayed it and it went over is head to give Dalbec a three-run triple and make it 14-1.

Tampa was finally able to get on the board in the sixth, as Brandon Lowe lifted a solo shot into the Rays bullpen.

Nathan Eovaldi ended his night hurling seven innings, as the right-hander punched out 10 summoning just three hits. The one run he allowed was Lowe’s long ball.

Yacksel Rios tossed a 1-2-3 top of the eighth, and the Sox piled on four more in the bottom of the eighth.

With catcher Francisco Mejia pitching for the Rays, Hunter Renfroe slapped an RBI single into left, before Xander Bogaerts demolished a three-run homer over the Green Monster and into the Fenway nightcap to make it 18-1. Surprisingly enough, it was Boston’s first and only long ball of the night.

Connor Wong and Marwin Gonzalez added to the fun, as Wong tripled home Martinez for his first career triple and just his fourth career major-league hit. Gonzalez singled home Wong to make it 20-1.

Phillips Valdez came on to close it out, but ran into some trouble. He loaded the bases before letting up a pair of RBI singles, and Brett Phillips lifted one that barely made it over the Green Monster to make it 20-7. Mike Zunino lifted another one over the monster to make it 20-8, but Valdez would get the final out to end the ballgame.

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