Eovaldi retires 18 straight, Yankees beat Arizona 4-2
PHOENIX (AP) Nathan Eovaldi retired the 18 batters he faced after allowing a freak leadoff base hit and the New York Yankees salvaged the final game of a three-game series in Arizona by beating the Diamondbacks 4-2 on Wednesday night.
Jean Segura's ground ball to start the first inning bounced off the bag at second and dribbled into the outfield for a double. After that, only two balls even reached the outfield off the Yankees right-hander, who hit 100 mph on the Chase Field radar gun while improving to 4-0 in his last five starts.
Eovaldi (4-2) gave up one run and struck out five with no walks.
Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer and Jacoby Ellsbury went 3 for 3 with an RBI single for New York. Aroldis Chapman threw a perfect ninth for his fourth save since being reinstated on May 9.
Shelby Miller (1-5) scattered 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs.