Nathan Eovaldi took a no-hitter into the seventh innings Monday night, and home runs by Jacoby Ellsbury and Starlin Castro off Cesar Ramos helped the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 3-1.
Nomar Mazara broke up the no-hitter with a single to start the seventh, and Brett Nicholas broke up the shutout with his first career homer with two outs in the eighth inning.
Hitting: The only batters to reach the first six innings were Prince Fielder on a second-inning error and Mazara on a fourth-inning walk. Mazara collected the first hit, and Fielder followed two batters later to snap an 0-for-10 streak. ... Nicholas’ homer to right field followed an Elvis Andrus double play.
Pitching: Ramos posted a quality start in his Rangers debut, allowing three runs in six innings. He yielded nine hits and did some nice pitching to avoid more trouble. ... Phil Klein bailed out Ramos after consecutive singles to start the seven. Klein got Brett Gardner to bounce into a fielder’s choice and struck out Carlos Beltre and Mark Teixeira to end the threat. ... Jake Diekman and Tom Wilhelmsen tossed a scoreless inning apiece.