The Boston Red Sox snapped their four-game losing streak behind strong performances from J.D. Martinez and Nathan Eovaldi, as they beat the Orioles Wednesday night by a score of 6-0.
J.D. Martinez’s three-hit, three-RBI night
Martinez drove in three runs, with a 444-foot solo big fly over the center field wall for the longest homer of his Red Sox career. He would follow that up with a two-RBI double in the sixth to make it 3-0.
The Sox made it 5-0 in the eighth as Alex Verdugo plated two, including Martinez when he cashed in with a two-RBI single. Martinez singled in order to get on base, for his third hit of the night.
Here is J.D. Martinez’s longest of his career, which came back in 2015.
Here is J.D.’s longest homer of his career. 467 feet in 2015. pic.twitter.com/BZ4Cvukr8z
— Quinn Riley ✍️ (@QuinnRiley_BSW) September 30, 2021
Nathan Eovaldi dominant
Nate Eovaldi was on tonight, as he went six damage-less innings where he only allowed four hits, striking out seven O’s.
He ends his season with the lowest walk rate and home run rate in the American League, as he’s just the fourth pitcher to do it — Cliff Lee last did it in 2008 with the Cleveland Indians.
Hunter Renfroe belts No. 30
On a 1-2 delivery from Spenser Watkins, Hunter Renfroe socked his 30th homer of the season with a solo shot in the ninth. Renfroe reaches 30 for just the second time in his career, as he did it back in 2019 when he hit 33 with the San Diego Padres.
Ryan Brasier, Hansel Robles, and Matt Barnes hurled three straight scoreless innings out of the ‘pen for Boston, giving them their 89th win of the season.
Wild Card race
The Sox sit 89-69 on the season now with their win over Baltimore. They’ll close out the series in Baltimore, before packing their backs for Washington, to face the Nationals.
The Blue Jays beat the Yankees, so the Sox move one game back of New York while Toronto remains one back of Boston. The Mariners are in the midst of playing the Athletics right now, if they win they’ll be a half-game back of the Sox at 89-70.
(Photo of J.D. Martinez by Rob Carr/Getty Images)