Ram­pag­ing Red Sox widen East lead

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Mlb - As­so­ci­ated Press

BOS­TON — Nathan Eo­valdi pitched eight dom­i­nant in­nings and closer Craig Kim­brel held on dur­ing a shaky ninth to help the Red Sox beat the Yankees for the third game in a row with a 4-1 vic­tory Satur­day.

One night af­ter Rick Por­cello threw an 86-pitch, one-hit com­plete game, Eo­valdi shut out the Yankees on three hits in send­ing them to their sea­son-high fourth straight loss. The Red Sox ex­panded their AL East lead over the sec­ond-place Yankees to a sea­son-high 81⁄2 games.

Down to their last strike, the Yankees ral­lied against Kim­brel on back-to-back dou­bles by Gian­carlo Stan­ton and Didi Gre­go­rius. Walks to Aaron Hicks and Gley­ber Tor­res loaded the bases be­fore Greg Bird hit a rou­tine fly ball for the fi­nal out.

J.D. Martinez hit his ma­jor­league-lead­ing 33rd home run and Mitch Moreland also con­nected against Yankees righthander Chance Adams, who made his de­but in the ma­jors.

The Red Sox, with the best record in base­ball at 78-34, will go for a four-game sweep Sun­day night, with David Price sched­uled to face Masahiro Tanaka. The Yankees have been swept just once this sea­son.

Eo­valdi struck out four and walked one. He has pitched 15 shutout in­nings since he was ac­quired from the Rays at the trade dead­line.

Af­ter the Red Sox won the opener 15-7, a game that had 27 hits and seven home runs, pitch­ing has re­turned to the se­ries. Por­cello, Eo­valdi and Kim­brel held the Yankees to six hits and two runs in the next 18 in­nings.

Adams was called up from Triple A and took the loss de­spite al­low­ing just three hits — two of them homers — and three runs, walk­ing one and strik­ing out two in five in­nings.

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