Nathan Eovaldi Struggles, Yankees Take Early Lead And Never Look Back as Red Sox Lose, 8-3

Boston Red Sox Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi

The Boston Red Sox fell 8-3 Friday night in the series opener of the three-game set to the Yankees, as New York took the lead early off Nathan Eovaldi and never looked back.

Boston, tonight, saw both (what has said to be) the end of their yellow City Connect jerseys after they lost, and their seven-game winning streak come to an end.

Eovaldi, in a potential Wild Card preview (Sox vs. Yanks; Eovaldi vs. Gerrit Cole) was shelled for seven runs and wasn’t even able to make it out of the third inning.

Two straight hits that led off the game led to an Aaron Judge RBI double to put two runners in scoring position and brought a run home, and a groundout would drive in a second run before Gleyber Torres lined a two-out RBI single into center to make it 3-0.

Eovaldi worked a 1-2-3 second, but after Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo led off with a double and a walk, Giancarlo Stanton crushed a three-run jack into the bullpen to break the game wide open.

Letting up a single and a two-out walk, the righty was relieved by Hirokazu Sawamura who would serve up an RBI single to Kyle Higashioka which made it a seven-run affair.

Sawamura would successfully hurl a pair of run-less frames after a forgettable first three innings, while Matt Barnes tossed a clean sixth. Rafael Devers would make it interesting, as the first roar the Boston crowd had of the night came on a three-run big fly from Devers in the bottom of the sixth.

Martin Perez was summoned to pitch the seventh, giving up a leadoff solo shot to Gleyber Torres while Bobby Dalbec would strike out with two on and two out in the bottom half of the inning.

Perez finished the game for Boston, and the Sox couldn’t muster any more runs as the Yankees captured the win on Kiké Hernandez’s game-ending flyout.

(Photo of Nathan Eovaldi by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

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