Sharp Nathan Eovaldi Takes Perfect Game Into 7th As Rays Blast Mets 9 0

The weather was nearly perfect and so was Nathan Eovaldi.

The right-hander retired his first 18 batters, C.J. Cron hit an early three-run homer and the Tampa Bay Rays routed the New York Mets 9-0 on Sunday.

"The fastball location was really there, and the cutter," Eovaldi said. "Those two pitches I really felt like I located probably the best I could have."

Eovaldi took a perfect game into the seventh before Brandon Nimmo lined a leadoff single to right field. Nimmo was quickly erased on a double play, and Eovaldi faced the minimum while needing only 79 pitches to get through seven innings.

"I was trying to back-door that cutter and I missed down and in, and that's right in his swing path," he said.

Eovaldi, who returned this season from his second Tommy John surgery, struck out nine and helped himself with an RBI single. Andrew Kittredge pitched the final two innings for the Rays, giving up a single in the ninth before finishing the two-hitter.

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Tampa Bay's Blake Snell and Wilson Ramos are hoping they both get selected to the American League All-Star team. Saturday afternoon's performance at Citi Field may have strengthened the batterymates' chances.

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Joey Wendle and Jake Bauers also homered for Tampa Bay, which has won 11 of 15.

It was the second time this season Eovaldi (3-3) made it through six innings without allowing a hit. He threw six hitless innings in May against Oakland for a 6-0 Rays win in his first major league start since 2016.

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