NORFOLK, VA- Eddie Gamboa and three relievers combined to hold Pawtucket to three hits in a 3-1 win over the Red Sox Monday night at Harbor Park. Gamboa (4-4) earned his third straight victory as he allowed just one hit over five innings of work. He allowed an unearned run in the first inning but responded by retiring 12 consecutive batters from the first through fifth innings – six of which came via strikeout. He finished with seven strikeouts to match his season-high, one punchout shy of his career-high, set in 2011 with Double-A Bowie.
Over his last four starts, Gamboa has now gone 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA (5 ER, 24.0 IP). During that span, he’s yielded just 14 hits while striking out 22. He’s also allowed just three hits over his last two starts – a stretch of 13 innings.
Kelvin De La Cruz and Tim Alderson followed Gamboa’s efforts with three shutout innings of relief before giving way to Evan Meek, who struck out two in a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the year. The win was Norfolk’s third consecutive 3-1 victory over the Pawsox.
Trailing 1-0 in the third, the Tides plated two runs against Matt Barnes (1-4) on RBI singles from Quintin Berry and Xavier Paul. Norfolk extended its lead to 3-1 against Barnes on a two-out RBI single from Buck Britton in the sixth inning.
Berry and Ivan De Jesus each had two hits for Norfolk, which has now won a season-high three consecutive games. The Tides also picked up their first four-game series victory of the year.