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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 on Monday night. With the victory, the Red Sox advance to 106-51 while the Orioles fall to 45-111 with the loss. Also, Boston’s 106th win marks the most wins in a regular season in the franchise’s history. Moreover, the Sox clinched the number one seed and thereby home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Nathan Eovaldi made the start for Boston and Dylan Bundy did so for the Orioles. The game was played at Fenway Park in Boston.
This game was highlighted by Nathan Eovaldi’s resurgence. He went 5 innings of one-run baseball, striking out ten and walking none. It was quite the night for the right-hander, who was torched the last time he was tasked with putting away the O’s lineup. It was the most strikeouts he’s recorded in a single game this season, reaching double digits for the first time in 2018.
On the offensive side of the ball, Mookie Betts put an exclamation point on his MVP case with another homerun. The long ball came at the tail end of a four run bottom of the 2nd and it was worth two runs. He went 2-5 on the night.
It was also intriguing to see Eduardo Rodriguez pitch two shutdown innings in relief of Eovaldi. As the playoffs role around, there is inevitably going to be some mixing and matching with the E-Rod and Eovaldi combo. It was on display on Monday and hopefully there’s more where that came from in October.