Eovaldi sharp in Red Sox debut; Boston beats Twins 3-0

BOSTON (AP) Nathan Eovaldi is ready to be back in the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. He knows he'll have the fans on his side in Fenway Park, too, especially after his debut with Boston.

Eovaldi pitched seven impressive innings, J.D. Martinez drove in all three runs to increase his major league-leading RBI total to 89 and the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 3-0 on Sunday for their 18th victory in 22 games.

''What a great way to start his career with the Red Sox,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said. ''People can now talk about how good he is and how he's going to help us out.''

Acquired in trade from Tampa Bay for a minor league pitcher on Wednesday, Eovaldi (4-4) gave up four hits, striking out five without issuing a walk. Matt Barnes pitched the eighth and Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 33rd save.

Eovaldi was sharp from the start, relying on a 95-97 mph fast ball with a slider and curve. The 28-year-old righty was hammered two starts ago by the Twins, giving up eight runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings.

''I feel like my emotions were under control,'' he said. ''I try not to put any extra pressure on myself. It was nice pitching with the crowd behind me today instead of against me.''

Eovaldi was with New York for two seasons before signing with the Rays prior to 2017. He missed that year following Tommy John surgery.

His next start will be part of a four-game series against the longtime rivals next week.

''Extremely efficient. I mean, I wish we would've seen the Eovaldi we saw a couple weeks ago before the break,'' said Twins bench coach Derek Shelton, who was running the team with manager and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor in Cooperstown, N.Y. for induction ceremonies.

Martinez had a double, single and walk, and Andrew Benintendi added two hits and a walk for the Red Sox. The AL East-leaders improved to a majors' best 74-33 by winning three of four in the weekend series.

The Twins finished 4-6 on a 10-game trip that saw them give up a bit on making the playoffs after they traded two players Friday night.

Jose Berrios (10-8) was in trouble every inning, giving up three runs on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 4 2/3 in his first career start in Fenway.

''I couldn't locate my pitches early on, but my mentality was to keep attacking the hitters,'' he said.

Martinez's RBI double made it 2-0 in the second. In the fourth, Benintendi doubled off the Green Monster and Martinez followed with a hard single halfway up the left-field wall.

SAD NEWS

Cora was visibly upset at the end of his postgame press conference, talking about the death of University of Miami pitching coach J.D. Arteaga's son, Ari. The Miami Herald reported the 16-year-old was killed in a single-car crash Saturday night.

''Today was a tough day for us as a family,'' he said. ''J.D., he's my best friend. They adopted me, basically, when I went to Miami. . It puts everything in perspective. We get caught up in this madness, the pennate race, the AL East, the Red Sox and the Yankees, but in the end, it's just baseball.''

GOTTA SEE IT

Red Sox CF Jackie Bradley Jr., running at full speed, made a backhanded catch on Bobby Wilson's liner into the left-center gap. After the catch, he tumbled over at the edge of the warning track and slid on his back hard into the left-field wall.

He got a standing ovation and when he headed to the dugout at the end of the inning, his teammates were lined up waiting to give him `High 5s.'

''Once I got closer, I thought I had a pretty good chance,'' he said. ''I hit (the wall) a lot harder than I thought I did after looking at the replay. I'm sure I'll have a few bumps and bruises.''

LOOK WHERE I'M PLAYING

Back-up catcher and infielder Blake Swihart made his first career start at third. He even started a nifty DP in the fourth, snagging a hard grounder as he went to his knees, got up and turned the 5-4-3 play.

FUN UNDER THE SUN

The Red Sox improved to a majors' best 26-5 in day games, and they've won 20 of their last 22.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Placed 3B Rafael Devers on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring he sustained running the bases a night earlier.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Ervin Santana (0-0, 5.40 ERA) makes his second start of the season after returning from surgery on the middle finger of his pitching hand in February as Minnesota opens a three-game series Monday at home against AL Central-leading Cleveland.

Red Sox: LHP David Price (11-6, 4.17) is set to start Monday's opener of a two-game interleague series at Fenway, facing Phillies' righty Aaron Nola (12-3, 2.42). Price went a scoreless inning in his last start Wednesday in Baltimore before the game was rained out.

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  • W: N. Eovaldi (4-4)L: J. Berrios (10-8)S: C. Kimbrel (33)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Mauer DH40000001.281.361.372.7330.0
E. Rosario LF40100020.305.348.513.8611.0
J. Polanco SS30100001.282.365.388.7532.0
B. Dozier 2B40000013.224.306.404.710-0.5
L. Morrison 1B30000010.192.287.373.660-0.5
M. Sano 3B30000020.194.259.387.646-1.0
R. Grossman RF20100100.253.333.364.6982.0
J. Cave CF30100012.276.311.480.7900.5
B. Wilson C20000001.170.221.259.4800.0
a- M. Kepler PH10000011.227.317.415.731-0.5
M. Garver C00000000.264.344.406.7500.0
  • a-struck out for Wilson in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF51100011.344.429.6591.0871.5
A. Benintendi LF41200101.300.384.512.8955.0
J. Martinez DH40230110.326.390.6431.0336.5
S. Pearce 1B40000023.310.380.516.896-1.0
J. Bradley CF40100023.214.301.362.6640.0
E. Nunez 2B-3B30200103.259.289.369.6583.0
B. Swihart 3B40200014.229.296.305.6002.5
T. Lin SS00000000.182.265.227.4930.0
B. Holt SS-2B31000023.274.358.365.7241.0
S. Leon C40000015.218.268.335.603-0.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Rosario (26)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Benintendi (27), J. Martinez (24), B. Swihart (5)
    • RBI - J. Martinez 3 (89)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez 2 (25)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Polanco (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Swihart-Nunez-Pearce; Lin-Holt)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Berrios (L, 10-8)4.29333603.561.05-5.0
    G. Moya0.10000008.221.430.0
    A. Mejia3.01000403.651.6210.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Berrios (L, 10-8)4.2
    G. Moya0.1
    A. Mejia3.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Eovaldi (W, 4-4)7.04000503.800.9429.5
    M. Barnes (H, 22)1.00001202.351.093.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 33)1.00000102.200.9610.5
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Eovaldi (W, 4-4)7.0
    M. Barnes (H, 22)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 33)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Berrios (10)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 106-61, G. Moya 1-1, A. Mejia 39-26
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 5-4, A. Mejia 2-3
    • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 28, G. Moya, A. Mejia 10
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Kimbrel (5)
    • HBP - C. Kimbrel
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Eovaldi 82-63, M. Barnes 17-9, C. Kimbrel 11-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Eovaldi 6-9, M. Barnes 1-0
    • Batters Faced - N. Eovaldi 24, M. Barnes 4, C. Kimbrel 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer DH40000001.281.361.372.7330.0
    E. Rosario LF40100020.305.348.513.8611.0
    J. Polanco SS30100001.282.365.388.7532.0
    B. Dozier 2B40000013.224.306.404.710-0.5
    L. Morrison 1B30000010.192.287.373.660-0.5
    M. Sano 3B30000020.194.259.387.646-1.0
    R. Grossman RF20100100.253.333.364.6982.0
    J. Cave CF30100012.276.311.480.7900.5
    B. Wilson C20000001.170.221.259.4800.0
    a- M. Kepler PH10000011.227.317.415.731-0.5
    M. Garver C00000000.264.344.406.7500.0
    Total290400189-----
    • a-struck out for Wilson in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF51100011.344.429.6591.0871.5
    A. Benintendi LF41200101.300.384.512.8955.0
    J. Martinez DH40230110.326.390.6431.0336.5
    S. Pearce 1B40000023.310.380.516.896-1.0
    J. Bradley CF40100023.214.301.362.6640.0
    E. Nunez 2B-3B30200103.259.289.369.6583.0
    B. Swihart 3B40200014.229.296.305.6002.5
    T. Lin SS00000000.182.265.227.4930.0
    B. Holt SS-2B31000023.274.358.365.7241.0
    S. Leon C40000015.218.268.335.603-0.5
    Total353103031023-----
    HITTERSAB
    M. Betts RF5
    A. Benintendi LF4
    J. Martinez DH4
    S. Pearce 1B4
    J. Bradley CF4
    E. Nunez 2B-3B3
    B. Swihart 3B4
    T. Lin SS0
    B. Holt SS-2B3
    S. Leon C4
    Total35
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Rosario (26)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi (27), J. Martinez (24), B. Swihart (5)
      • RBI - J. Martinez 3 (89)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez 2 (25)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Polanco (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Swihart-Nunez-Pearce; Lin-Holt)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (L, 10-8)4.29333603.561.05-5.0
      G. Moya0.10000008.221.430.0
      A. Mejia3.01000403.651.6210.0
      Total8.010333100---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (L, 10-8)4.2
      G. Moya0.1
      A. Mejia3.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Eovaldi (W, 4-4)7.04000503.800.9429.5
      M. Barnes (H, 22)1.00001202.351.093.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 33)1.00000102.200.9610.5
      Total9.0400180---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Eovaldi (W, 4-4)7.0
      M. Barnes (H, 22)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 33)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Berrios (10)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 106-61, G. Moya 1-1, A. Mejia 39-26
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 5-4, A. Mejia 2-3
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 28, G. Moya, A. Mejia 10
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Kimbrel (5)
      • HBP - C. Kimbrel
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Eovaldi 82-63, M. Barnes 17-9, C. Kimbrel 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Eovaldi 6-9, M. Barnes 1-0
      • Batters Faced - N. Eovaldi 24, M. Barnes 4, C. Kimbrel 3
      • 4TH INNING
        Martinez singled to deep left, Benintendi scored03
      • 2ND INNING
        Martinez doubled to deep left, Holt and Betts scored, Benintendi to third02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Matt Barnes
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco hit by pitch
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Polanco to second on wild pitch, Foul, Strike looking, Dozier lined into double play shortstop to second, Polanco out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Tzu-Wei Lin at shortstop
        • Matt Barnes relieved Nathan Eovaldi
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
        • J. Cave: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • Max Kepler hit for Bobby Wilson
        • M. Kepler: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Mauer grounded into fielder's choice to second, Grossman out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Mitch Garver catching
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Benintendi flied out to center
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dozier fouled out to catcher
        • L. Morrison: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Morrison flied out to deep right
        • M. Sano: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Mejia Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Nunez singled to shallow right
        • B. Swihart: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Swihart popped out to second
        • B. Holt: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
        • S. Leon: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Leon grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mauer lined out to third
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Foul, Polanco flied out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Adalberto Mejia relieved Gabriel Moya
        • J. Martinez: Martinez lined out to right
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Bradley grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sano flied out to center
        • R. Grossman: Grossman grounded out to first
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Cave singled to shallow center
        • B. Wilson: Wilson flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Holt flied out to center
        • S. Leon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Betts singled to shallow left
        • Gabriel Moya relieved Jose Berrios
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi popped out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Polanco reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Dozier grounded into double play third to second to first, Polanco out at second
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts lined out to left
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi doubled to deep left
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez singled to deep left, Benintendi scored
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Bradley reached on an infield single to shortstop, Martinez to second
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nunez walked, Martinez to third, Bradley to second
        • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Wilson lined out to center
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to second
        • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez singled to right
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Swihart doubled to deep left, Nunez to third
        • B. Holt: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Leon grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • M. Sano: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Grossman reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Cave grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Swihart singled to shallow left
        • B. Holt: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Holt hit by pitch, Swihart to second
        • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Leon reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Swihart out at third, Holt to second
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Betts reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Holt to third, Leon out at second
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked, Betts to second
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez doubled to deep left, Holt and Betts scored, Benintendi to third
        • S. Pearce: Pearce lined out to center
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mauer grounded out to second
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario doubled to deep left
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Polanco flied out to center
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts fouled out to first
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Benintendi singled to left
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked, Benintendi to second
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pearce reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Benintendi to third, Martinez to second on shortstop Polanco fielding error
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)