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Red Sox pitcher Eovaldi ties record by giving up five home runs in an inning

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A brutal season for the Boston Red Sox went from bad to worse on Tuesday.

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In the second inning, starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi made history of the unwanted kind when he gave up five home runs to the Houston Astros.

Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, Jeremy Pena, Michael Brantley and then Yuli Gurriel went deep against Eovaldi to make it 9-1.

Eovaldi was pulled and said afterward: “I had the quick first inning, and tried to do the same thing in the second inning, and they didn’t miss,” Eovaldi told reporters.

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Eovaldi became just the third pitcher in Major League Baseball history to allow five home runs in a single inning, joining Blue Jays pitcher Chase Anderson in 2020 (few remember that happening, with everything else that was going on) and Michael Blazek for Milwaukee in 2017.

Eovaldi has given up 14 dingers already this season in just eight starts after surrendering only 15 all last year in 32 starts when he earned an all-star selection.

Boston had never even given up five homers in a single inning before, according to ESPN and Houston had never hit five.

Home runs are supposed to be down in baseball this year because of the new balls they are using, but they weren’t on this night.

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