Boston Red Sox

Nathan Eovaldi pitched eight shutout innings on Saturday, leading the Boston Red Sox to their third straight win over the New York Yankees by a 4-1 final.

Acquired in exchange for Jalen Beeks on July 29, Eovaldi has yet to allow a run through two starts with Boston. He’s scattered seven hits and struck out nine against just one walk in 15 innings so far in a Red Sox uniform.

Eovaldi needed just 93 pitches on Saturday to get through his latest dominant outing.

Offensively, first baseman Mitch Moreland gave the Red Sox all they needed with a two-run home run in the first inning off Yankees starter Chance Adams, who was making his major-league debut. J.D. Martinez followed that up with his 33rd home run of the year, a rocket into the Green Monster seats in the fourth.

Martinez is now up to 33 home runs and 91 RBIs on the season in his first season with the Red Sox, both of which lead the majors. He’s also third in all of baseball with a 1.037 OPS.

Adams ended up allowing three runs in five innings in his major league debut for the Yanks. A top-100 prospect entering the season, Adams got the call-up on Saturday in a big spot, due to injuries on the Yankees’ pitching staff.

Closer Craig Kimbrel had a sloppy ninth inning, allowing a run on two hits and two walks. But he did strike out two and ended up closing the game out in the non-save situation.

The Red Sox’ lead over the Yankees in the American League East is up to 8 1/2 games after the win. They have a chance to sweep on Sunday and put a stranglehold on the division.

Up Next: Boston’s chance to sweep is in the hands of starter David Price, who goes up against Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday night.

Click here for all Red Sox updates from 98.5 The Sports Hub.