Eovaldi 3rd pitcher ever to allow 5 HR in 1 inning

Boston Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi became the third pitcher in major league history to give up five homers in one inning Tuesday night.

In his start at Fenway Park against the Houston Astros, Eovaldi lasted just 1⅔ innings, allowing eight hits and six earned runs without throwing out any. In the second inning, after working an opening three-up, three-down, Eovaldi allowed home runs to Yuli Gurriel, Michael Brantley, Jeremy Pena, Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez as Houston took a 9-1 lead at the amid boos from Boston. loyal.

Reliever Tyler Danish was called by manager Alex Cora to end the inning. It was the Astros’ first five-home run innings in team history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research, and the first time Boston has allowed five in the same frame.

Eovaldi, starting on Boston’s opening day this season, had a strong campaign last year as the Red Sox qualified for the American League Championship Series. The veteran allowed 15 homers in 32 starts last season, but so far this season has allowed 14, the most in the majors.

Eovaldi is one of a number of Red Sox veterans who struggled early on. Boston, which rallied to defeat the Astros 6-3 on Monday in Game 1 of the series, started Tuesday at 14-21, half a game from last place in the American League East.

The other two pitchers to match Eovaldi were Chase Anderson in 2020 and Michael Blazek in 2017.

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