J.D. Martinez and Mitch Moreland both went deep, as Martinez extended his major league home run lead with his 33rd long ball of the year. Moreland was starting in place of the red-hot Steve Pearce, who had hit four home runs in the first two games of the series, including three on Thursday night. Eovaldi allowed three hits, struck out four and walked one, just one night after Rick Porcello needed just 83 pitches to throw a complete game one-hitter on Friday night.
Eovaldi left with a 4-0 lead and the Yankees scored one on closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth, but suffered their fourth straight loss. New York did threaten, including doubles by Giancarlo Stanton and Didi Gregorious. They would then load the bases after consecutive walks, but Greg Bird flew out to strand all three runners as the go-ahead run at the plate.
The Yankees were without Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez on this day, forcing them to shift their lineup around. They also had to move around their starting rotation with J.A. Happ suffering from hand, foot, and mouth disease and Sonny Gray getting sent to the bullpen. New York called Chase Adams up from Triple-A for his major league debut, and he took the loss despite allowing just three runs on three hits, two of which were home runs.
New York's lead for the top spot in the AL Wild Card race is now just 3.5 games on the Oakland Athletics, who hold a 2.5-game lead on the Seattle Mariners. Masahiro Tanaka will take the mound against David Price on Sunday night, as the Yankees look to avoid the sweep.