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BSJ Game Report: Red Sox 9, Rays 2 – Eovaldi, six-run third send Sox to third win in a row

(Matt Stone/Boston Herald)

All you need to know about the Red Sox' win, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:



Eovaldi goes deep: Coming off a game in which they needed seven innings of relief from their bullpen, the Red Sox were in a bit of a spot Wednesday. They had to have innings from starter Nathan Eovaldi, giving most of their relief staff a day to recover. Just as he was asked, Eovaldi got the Sox through seven, and armed with a sizeable lead, Josh Taylor took it the rest of the way. Eovaldi has been working on being more efficient, part of Alex Cora's directive for pitchers to be more aggressive within the strike zone. Eovaldi got ahead often, putting him in advantageous counts. And even with the freedom to waste some pitches, Eovaldi has instead plunged straight ahead. The result? Few deep counts and, in general, quicker at-bats. The veteran has also made it a goal to work at a quicker pace, which serves to make him even more aggressive in his approach. Eovaldi's one regret of the afternoon was a four-pitch walk.

Boston staff keeping ball in ballpark: Through the first six games of the season, the Red Sox have yet to allow a single home run. Maybe that's the result of the cool spring temperatures at the time, or maybe it's indicative of the new "dead'' ball that Major League Baseball has introduced. Then again, other teams have played in cool conditions and other teams are using the same ball, and not one other club is as perfect as the Red Sox when it comes to allowing gopher balls. In fact, you have to back to 1992 to find a Red Sox staff that got as many as six games into a season without allowing a homer. And around the game, you have to go back to the 2015 Detroit Tigers to find another team to not give up a homer in the first six games to start a season. For the most part, the Red Sox' starting pitching in general has been solid -- save, of course, for the Garrett Richards debacle on Sunday afternoon -- and infinitely better than the rotation last season.

Martinez and Vazquez keep slugging: