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Boston 6, Baltimore 0
When: 7:05 PM ET, Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
Temperature: 68°
Umpires: Home - John Libka, 1B - Manny Gonzalez, 2B - Jeff Nelson, 3B - Mike Estabrook
Attendance: 8732

J.D. Martinez launched a solo home run and drove in three runs, Nathan Eovaldi tossed six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, and the Boston Red Sox beat the host Baltimore Orioles 6-0 on Wednesday night.

Martinez's second-inning homer was his 28th of the season. The designated hitter finished 3 for 4 and added a two-run double -- his 41st of the season -- in the sixth inning. Eovaldi (11-9) allowed just four hits and issued one walk as the Red Sox snapped their four-game losing streak.

Boston (89-69) pulled within one game of New York for the top American League wild-card spot after the Yankees' 6-5 loss at Toronto. The Red Sox maintained their one-half game lead over Seattle (89-70), which defeated Oakland later Wednesday. Toronto (88-70) is one game behind Boson.

Zac Lowther (1-3) allowed two runs, one earned, on eight hits and struck out four in his five-inning start for the Orioles. Baltimore (51-107) had won three of its last five games after a 4-2 victory over Boston in the series opener Tuesday.

Martinez sent a 2-1 pitch from Lowther over the center field wall with one out in the second to put Boston up 1-0. Rafael Devers led off the visiting sixth with a single and Xander Bogaerts reached on an error before Martinez struck again with a double to left.

Baltimore threatened in the home sixth as Cedric Mullins hit a leadoff double and Ryan Mountcastle worked a walk. Eovaldi buckled down and coaxed fly outs from Austin Hays and Pedro Severino sandwiched around a Trey Mancini strikeout to get out of the inning.

Alex Verdugo tacked on a bases-loaded, two-run single to left with two outs in the visiting eighth to put the game out of reach. Hunter Renfroe added a solo blast with two outs in the ninth for his 30th long ball of the season.

Red Sox right-hander Nick Pivetta (9-7, 4.52 ERA) opposes Orioles left-hander Alexander Wells (1-3, 7.61 ERA) in the series finale Thursday.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
Boston   Baltimore
Nathan Eovaldi Player Zac Lowther
Win W/L Loss
6.0 IP 5.0
7 Strikeouts 4
4 Hits 8
0.00 ERA 1.80
Boston   Baltimore
J.D. Martinez Player Kelvin Gutierrez
3 Hits 1
3 RBI 0
1 HR 0
7 TB 2
.750 Avg .333
Team Stats Summary
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Boston 13 2 20 .342 16 10 6 1 0 1
Baltimore 4 0 7 .125 16 11 0 2 0 2