Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Red Sox Break Through Late On Nunez Pinch-Hit HR, Beat Royals, 8-3

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Early on, the Red Sox were smacking the ball all over Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night—but mostly those balls were landing in Royals gloves. After overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the sixth, Alex Cora sent up Eduardo Nunez to pinch-hit for Brock Holt (who had earlier knocked in a run) with Boston up 3-2 in the eighth inning. Like clockwork, Nunez delivered a three-run blast to put Boston comfortably in the lead in the eventual 8-3 win. Rafael Devers added two RBIs, while J.D. Martinez knocked in one with a triple. Eduardo Rodriguez went 5.2 solid innings—yielding just two earned runs, while striking out seven and walking none. It was the lefty's sixth win of 2019. The victory pulled Boston within 7.5 games of The Evil Ones in the American League East.