NEW YORK -- Nathan Eovaldi worked eight strong innings and Didi Gregorius delivered a bases-clearing double to send David Price to his first loss in a Red Sox uniform during the Yankees' 8-2 victory on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.The Yankees thumped Price for six runs in a second consecutive start
NEW YORK -- Nathan Eovaldi worked eight strong innings and Didi Gregorius delivered a bases-clearing double to send David Price to his first loss in a Red Sox uniform during the Yankees' 8-2 victory on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees thumped Price for six runs in a second consecutive start as Austin Romine stroked a pair of run-scoring doubles in a three-hit effort, Gregorius drove home three runs in the fourth and Carlos Beltran chased Price with a two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning.
"Winning ballgames, it helps; especially winning against a team like Boston that's playing good baseball," Beltran said. "Taking two games out of three right now against them, it feels good. Tomorrow we have a chance to take three out of three. That's important for us."
It proved to be plenty of support for Eovaldi, who showcased his high-octane velocity as he held Boston to two runs while striking out six and equaled the longest outings of his career.
"I felt really good going out there," Eovaldi said. "I feel like the biggest key for me today was just locating the fastball. I was able to work it both inside and outside, and when I'm able to do that I feel like I'm able to get a lot more quick outs."
Brock Holt had a run-scoring single and Jackie Bradley Jr. clubbed a fifth-inning solo shot, his third home run of 2016, as the Red Sox lost for just the sixth time in their past 17 games. Boston will attempt to avoid a sweep on Sunday.
"He was powerful," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Eovaldi. "That's probably the best we've seen him. A lot of strikes, a lot of high velocities. Was able to use his split to put a couple of guys away with, but he pitched a very good game."
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Sir Didi clears the bases: Price appeared poised to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning, but Gregorius dug out a changeup and lined it into the right-field corner, scoring Starlin Castro, Mark Teixeira and Dustin Ackley on a three-run double. It's the kind of situation in which Gregorius has enjoyed a fair amount of success; he is now 10-for-29 (.345) with 23 RBIs in his career when batting with the bases loaded.
"Didi had a huge two-out hit. Carlos had a big two-out hit," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "That ended up giving us five runs, and those were big at-bats."
Price loses grip in fifth: As frustrating as it was for Price to give up three runs in the fourth, he still had time to salvage something out of his outing. But he struggled with his control in the fifth, issuing back-to-back walks to Aaron Hicks and Castro. Beltran made him pay, ripping a two-run double to left to put Boston in a 6-2 hole. The pitch to Beltran was Price's 104th and last of the day. It was Price's most inefficient start since Aug. 7, 2011, when he threw 110 pitches in 4 2/3 innings for the Rays against the Athletics. More >
"I know how I can throw the baseball out there," said Price. "It's just not happening right now. This has definitely been the toughest stretch and the longest stretch. It's been tough, for sure. I know things are going to turn around. I'm still positive."
Eovaldi finishes strong: The Yankees needed distance out of their starter on Saturday, knowing that they were without the services of both Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller for the late innings due to their recent workloads. Eovaldi provided exactly what they needed, limiting the Sox to two runs and six hits while remaining economical, using 107 pitches over eight innings. Eovaldi retired the last eight men he faced, punctuating his outing by zipping a 91-mph splitter past Dustin Pedroia. More >
"For me, the motivation was there because of my last outing against these guys, and then I was able to get them right back to back," Eovaldi said. "I wanted to go out there and be better just because of that, really. I know we had our two big guys down, but our bullpen's been amazing all year so I felt like they could get the job done."
Bradley powerful against Yankees: Bradley's home run continued a recent surge in which 10 of his last 14 hits against the Yankees have been for extra bases. In that span, Bradley has six doubles, two triples and two homers. The center fielder is in the midst of a career-high 13-game hitting streak overall, during which he's batting .340 (16-for-47) with eight runs, three triples, three doubles, three homers and 11 RBIs.
"I've got to be able to flush it. ... It's not fun. I don't enjoy it. I've got to get better." -- Price
"When I see Nathan pitching, I think about a lot of guys that I faced in the past. Kevin Brown. Roger Clemens. That type of stuff where you know if he's capable of spotting the ball and throwing the split in the strike zone, he's going to be able to get a lot of people out. He's a guy that throws 95-plus to 100 from the first inning to the eighth. He has great stamina, and we're happy to see Nathan go out there today and pitch a great game." -- Beltran
Red Sox: Knuckleballer Steven Wright will try to continue his terrific start to the season when he pitches the finale of this three-game series Sunday at 8:05 p.m. ET. Wright is the only Red Sox pitcher in the last 100 years aside from Roger Clemens to have eight straight starts in which he went at least five innings while allowing as few as six hits and two runs.
Yankees:Luis Severino will try again for his first victory of the season as he gets the ball on Sunday against the Red Sox. Severino surrendered two long Mark Trumbo homers and committed a pair of errors in his last outing at Baltimore, but the Yanks still viewed the losing effort as progress. He faced the Red Sox in his big league debut last Aug. 5, allowing an earned run with seven strikeouts over five innings in a 2-1 loss.
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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002.
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