Red Sox beat Yankees in 3rd straight, 4-1; lead East by 8½

BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox fan who brought a broom to Fenway Park to cheer Boston on to a sweep of the rival Yankees will have to wait one more day.

Still, he was lucky to have it on Saturday, using it to retrieve J.D. Martinez's home run ball from the light stanchion above the Green Monster.

''It's been a lot of fun pitching with these guys behind me,'' said Nathan Eovaldi, who pitched eight scoreless innings to help the Red Sox beat New York for the third game in a row and expand their lead in the AL East to season-high 8 1/2 games with a 4-1 victory.

''We've been able to score runs early in the ballgame, which makes it a little easier pitching,'' said Eovaldi, who has pitched 15 shutout innings for Boston since he was acquired from Tampa Bay last month. ''And the defense is amazing.''

Mitch Moreland started in place of hot-hitting Steve Pearce and hit a homer of his own, and Martinez hit his major league-leading 33rd of the year for the Red Sox, who go for a four-game sweep on Sunday night with David Price scheduled to face Masahiro Tanaka.

''This is a huge series for us,'' said Eovaldi (5-4), who pitched eight innings of three-hit ball, striking out four and walking one.

''We're going to be playing these guys a couple more times down the road. For us to take the first three games in the series is big,'' he said. ''Price is building off his last start, so hopefully we're going to be able to take advantage.''

One night after Rick Porcello threw an 86-pitch, one-hit complete game, Eovaldi started with three no-hit innings and left after eight with a 4-0 lead. Closer Craig Kimbrel held on through a shaky ninth inning to send the Yankees to their season-high fourth straight loss.

''There's no question that they've established themselves right now as the best team in this league,'' New York manager Aaron Boone said. ''That said, if you walk through our room right now, to a man, we know we can absolutely play with them. We know that when we're at our best we can beat them. We acknowledge who they are right now. There's no denying the season that they're having.''

Down to their last strike against Kimbrel, the Yankees made it 4-1 on back-to-back doubles by Giancarlo Stanton and Didi Gregorius. A pair of walks loaded the bases before Greg Bird hit a routine fly for the final out.

The Yankees are missing Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, and they had to shuffle their rotation when J.A. Happ contracted hand, foot and mouth disease just as Sonny Gray was sent to the bullpen because of ineffectiveness.

Chance Adams was called up from Triple-A for his big league debut and took the loss despite allowing just three hits - two of them homers - for three runs. He walked one and struck out two in five innings.

''I was just trying to control the nerves and stuff,'' he said.

POWER OUTAGE

Boston won the opener 15-7, a game that had 27 hits and seven homers. Porcello, Eovaldi, and Kimbrel held New York to six hits and two runs in the next 18 innings.

Pearce had all four of Boston's homers in the first two games - three of them on Thursday night - but manager Alex Cora had Moreland back in the lineup at first base and he responded.

''Of course, Steve has been swinging the bat well,'' Cora said. ''Four home runs in two days, that's amazing. But Mitch, he's a good player.''

ROSTER MOVES

The Yankees acquired INF Giovanny Urshela from Toronto for cash. The 26-year-old was traded from Cleveland to the Blue Jays in May. He was assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankes also got pitcher George Kontos from Cleveland for cash, and assigned him to Triple-A. He was 2-3 with one save and a 4.68 ERA for Pittsburgh and the Indians this season. The 33-year-old made his major league debut with the Yankees in 2011.

BRUSHBACKS

A day after some inside pitching led to warnings and Cora's ejection - the first of his managerial career - Eovaldi put his first pitch to Stanton in the first behind the batter's head. There was no further hubbub.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: Judge is expecting to start swinging a bat ''soon,'' with a goal of returning to the lineup in three weeks.

Red Sox: Put newly acquired 2B Ian Kinsler on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. INF Tony Renada was called up from Triple-A to replace him, and 2B Dustin Pedroia was moved to the 60-day DL to create a spot on the 40-man roster. ... SS Xander Bogaerts returned to the starting lineup for the first time since he was hit on the hand with a pitch on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Yankees: Tanaka (9-2) will try to keep the Yankees from being swept for the second time all season.

Red Sox: Price (11-6) allowed one run in eight innings against Philadelphia in his last start.

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  • W: N. Eovaldi (5-4)L: C. Adams (0-1)
  • HR: BOS - M. Moreland (13), J. Martinez (33)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF40100011.247.340.382.7220.5
G. Stanton DH41200011.279.342.513.8554.5
D. Gregorius SS40110002.268.327.484.8113.0
A. Hicks CF20000201.251.363.485.8482.0
G. Torres 2B30000112.279.342.534.8760.5
G. Bird 1B40000003.225.315.429.7450.0
M. Andujar 3B30100010.292.323.497.8200.5
A. Romine C30000011.256.310.449.759-0.5
S. Robinson RF20000001.231.333.462.7950.0
a- N. Walker PH10000010.222.302.307.609-0.5
  • a-struck out for Robinson in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF40000030.341.425.6451.070-1.5
A. Benintendi LF41100010.299.380.504.8841.5
M. Moreland 1B31121120.269.342.486.8287.0
J. Martinez DH41111011.325.392.6451.0375.5
X. Bogaerts SS20000110.274.342.510.8520.5
E. Nunez 3B31100001.261.290.374.6632.0
B. Holt 2B30100000.264.348.356.7051.0
S. Leon C30110000.217.264.333.5983.0
J. Bradley CF30000002.212.299.359.6580.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Stanton 2 (22), D. Gregorius (21)
    • RBI - D. Gregorius (65)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Gregorius (16)
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Leon (9)
    • HR - M. Moreland (13), J. Martinez (33)
    • RBI - M. Moreland 2 (51), J. Martinez (91), S. Leon (20)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Leon (12)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Gregorius-Torres-Bird)
    • PB - A. Romine (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Bogaerts-Moreland; Holt-Bogaerts-Moreland)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Adams (L, 0-1)5.03331225.400.804.0
    C. Green1.00000202.771.064.0
    A. Cole2.03111405.091.333.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Adams (L, 0-1)5.0
    C. Green1.0
    A. Cole2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Eovaldi (W, 5-4)8.03001403.380.8932.0
    C. Kimbrel1.02112202.351.02-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Eovaldi (W, 5-4)8.0
    C. Kimbrel1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Adams 83-53, C. Green 13-10, A. Cole 40-29
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Adams 6-6, C. Green 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Adams 18, C. Green 3, A. Cole 10
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Eovaldi 93-65, C. Kimbrel 32-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Eovaldi 5-13
    • Batters Faced - N. Eovaldi 26, C. Kimbrel 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    B. Gardner LF40100011.247.340.382.7220.5
    G. Stanton DH41200011.279.342.513.8554.5
    D. Gregorius SS40110002.268.327.484.8113.0
    A. Hicks CF20000201.251.363.485.8482.0
    G. Torres 2B30000112.279.342.534.8760.5
    G. Bird 1B40000003.225.315.429.7450.0
    M. Andujar 3B30100010.292.323.497.8200.5
    A. Romine C30000011.256.310.449.759-0.5
    S. Robinson RF20000001.231.333.462.7950.0
    a- N. Walker PH10000010.222.302.307.609-0.5
    Total3015103612-----
    • a-struck out for Robinson in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF40000030.341.425.6451.070-1.5
    A. Benintendi LF41100010.299.380.504.8841.5
    M. Moreland 1B31121120.269.342.486.8287.0
    J. Martinez DH41111011.325.392.6451.0375.5
    X. Bogaerts SS20000110.274.342.510.8520.5
    E. Nunez 3B31100001.261.290.374.6632.0
    B. Holt 2B30100000.264.348.356.7051.0
    S. Leon C30110000.217.264.333.5983.0
    J. Bradley CF30000002.212.299.359.6580.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Stanton 2 (22), D. Gregorius (21)
      • RBI - D. Gregorius (65)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Gregorius (16)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Leon (9)
      • HR - M. Moreland (13), J. Martinez (33)
      • RBI - M. Moreland 2 (51), J. Martinez (91), S. Leon (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Leon (12)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gregorius-Torres-Bird)
      • PB - A. Romine (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Bogaerts-Moreland; Holt-Bogaerts-Moreland)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Adams (L, 0-1)5.03331225.400.804.0
      C. Green1.00000202.771.064.0
      A. Cole2.03111405.091.333.0
      Total8.0644282---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Adams (L, 0-1)5.0
      C. Green1.0
      A. Cole2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Eovaldi (W, 5-4)8.03001403.380.8932.0
      C. Kimbrel1.02112202.351.02-1.0
      Total9.0511360---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Eovaldi (W, 5-4)8.0
      C. Kimbrel1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Adams 83-53, C. Green 13-10, A. Cole 40-29
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Adams 6-6, C. Green 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Adams 18, C. Green 3, A. Cole 10
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Eovaldi 93-65, C. Kimbrel 32-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Eovaldi 5-13
      • Batters Faced - N. Eovaldi 26, C. Kimbrel 7
      • 9TH INNING
        Gregorius doubled to deep right, Stanton scored14
      • 7TH INNING
        Leon doubled to shallow left, Nunez scored, Holt to third04
      • 4TH INNING
        Martinez homered to left03
      • 1ST INNING
        Moreland homered to right center, Benintendi scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Nathan Eovaldi
        • Neil Walker hit for Shane Robinson
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Walker struck out looking
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gardner struck out looking
        • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Stanton doubled to deep center
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius doubled to deep right, Stanton scored
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hicks walked
        • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Torres walked, Gregorius to third, Hicks to second
        • G. Bird: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bird flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Bird flied out to deep left
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Andujar lined out to center
        • A. Romine: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Romine struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Moreland walked
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Stanton doubled to deep left
        • D. Gregorius: Foul, Foul, Foul, Gregorius fouled out to first
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Hicks lined out to center
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A.J. Cole relieved Chad Green
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez flied out to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Nunez singled to right center
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Holt singled to right, Nunez to second
        • S. Leon: Leon doubled to shallow left, Nunez scored, Holt to third
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley flied out to deep center
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Andujar singled to right
        • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Romine flied out to deep right
        • S. Robinson: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Robinson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Andujar out at second
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gardner popped out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Chad Green relieved Chance Adams
        • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks popped out to shortstop
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Torres lined out to center
        • G. Bird: Bird grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Adams Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Holt flied out to deep left
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Leon grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Bradley grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner singled to right
        • G. Stanton: Stanton lined out to center
        • D. Gregorius: Gregorius grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gardner out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Adams Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Martinez homered to left
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Nunez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bogaerts out at second
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • M. Andujar: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
        • A. Romine: Foul, Ball, Romine grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Robinson: Strike looking, Robinson flied out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Adams Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Bradley lined out to center
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
        • G. Torres: Torres grounded into double play shortstop to first, Hicks out at second
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bird flied out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Adams Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Holt grounded out to first
        • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Leon lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Gardner popped out to second
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Gregorius popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Adams Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts grounded out to third
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi singled to center
        • M. Moreland: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Benintendi to second on passed ball, Strike looking, Moreland homered to right center, Benintendi scored
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Martinez lined out to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts flied out to left
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)