You probably weren't expecting a pitchers' duel to open the 2021 Red Sox season.
And yet, that is exactly what the Red Sox and Orioles delivered in a 3-0 Baltimore victory.
Photo courtesy of the Boston Red Sox
It was the first time the Red Sox were shut out on Opening Day since April 9, 1976.
Nathan Eovaldi (pictured) went 5.1 very strong innings allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out four.
His Orioles counterpart John Means allowed just one hit over seven inngins, retiring 18 consecutive batters after a second-inning error.
The lone Red Sox hit off Means was a leadoff single in the bottom of the first by Kike Hernandez. JD Martinez doubled in the bottom of the ninth for Boston's only other hit of the game.
The Red Sox will host the Orioles again at Fenway on Saturday afternoon. Right hander Tanner Houck, who made three September starts in 2020, will take the hill for Boston against veteran Matt Harvey in a 1:10 PM start.
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