Nathan Eovaldi shuts down Miami Marlins in Boston Red Sox’ 5-3 victory

  • Boston Red Sox's Rafael Devers, right, and Xander Bogaerts celebrate after scoring during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas) Gaston De Cardenas

  • Boston Red Sox's Kevin Plawecki hits a single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas) Gaston De Cardenas

  • Boston Red Sox centerfielder Alex Verdugo hits a single to right field during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas) Gaston De Cardenas

  • Boston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas) Gaston De Cardenas

  • Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas throws to first after forcing out Boston Red Sox's Alex Verdugo at second during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas) Gaston De Cardenas

  • Miami Marlins Starling Marte slides safe to second base during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas) Gaston De Cardenas

  • Miami Marlins starting pitcher José Ureña throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas) Gaston De Cardenas

  • Miami Marlins Starling Marte attempt to beat the throw to second base during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas) Gaston De Cardenas

Associated Press
Published: 9/17/2020 5:08:10 PM
Modified: 9/17/2020 5:08:00 PM

MIAMI — Nathan Eovaldi pitched five shutout innings and struck out seven, and the Miami Marlins stumbled in their playoff run with a 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.

Rafael Devers had a three-run homer, Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run single and Alex Verdugo had three hits for the Red Sox.

Seeking its first postseason appearance since winning the 2003 World Series, Miami is second in the NL East . The Marlins fell three games behind division-leading Atlanta, which was idle.

Eovaldi (3-2) didn’t allow a hit until Garrett Cooper’s leadoff double in the fifth. Miguel Rojas singled but Eovaldi struck out Jazz Chisholm and Chad Wallach, then retired Corey Dickerson on a groundout.

A 30-year-old right-hander who was with the Marlins from 2012-14, Eovaldi was lifted after 76 pitches in his second appearance since returning Sept. 12 a stint on the injured list caused by a strained right calf.

Ryan Brasier pitched a scoreless eighth, and Matt Barnes got three straight out for his eighth save in 11 chances.

Jose Ureña allowed two runs, five hits and two walks in 5⅔ innings with six strikeouts.

Plawecki hit a two-run single in the sixth on the ninth pitch of an at-bat, chasing Ureña with a hard grounder past diving third baseman Brian Anderson. Boston had been hitless in 13 straight at-bats against the Marlins with runners in scoring position .

Devers hit his 11th homer in the seventh, a drive off Johan Quezada.

Miami closed in the bottom half on pinch-hitter Jorge Alfaro’s RBI single, Chad Wallach’s run-scoring double and Starling Marte’s RBI groundout.

Alfaro homered twice , then left that game after taking a foul ball off his helmet. He was tested for a possible concussion following the game, manager Don Mattingly said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodríguez (heart inflammation caused by COVID-19) returned to Boston this week for additional tests. Rodríguez missed this season.

Marlins: INF Jon Berti (cut right finger) had stitches removed and is working out at the alternate training site.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Martín Pérez (3-4, 4.33) is to start the opener of a three-game Friday against the visiting New York Yankees and LHP Jordan Montgomery (2-2, 4.76).

Marlins: RHP Sixto Sánchez (3-1, 1.69) is to start one of the games of Friday’s doubleheader against Washington. The rookie won his major league debut at Washington on Aug. 22, allowing runs three runs in five innings.


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