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Nathan Eovaldi of the Texas Rangers relies on his composure and delivers a one-hitter to silence the Padres

The Texas Rangers are off to a good start this month, and it started with pitcher Nathan Eovaldi at the helm.

Eovaldi allowed just one hit and led the Texas Rangers to their second consecutive 7-0 win over the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field on Tuesday.

In front of 33,965 fans, Eovaldi had a seven-inning streak, allowing only a single to right fielder Bryce Johnson in the top of the third inning and adding six strikeouts to his stellar game.

“I think I had a really good game plan from the beginning,” Eovaldi said in a postgame interview. “I felt like I wasn't putting my fastballs right at the beginning of the game, but it got better as the game went on. I think I had a really good feel for my cutter throughout the game and was able to use that pitch a lot. When I was behind, I felt like I relied on that pitch a lot.”

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Eovaldi has only managed one other one-hitter in his career since becoming a Ranger on December 27, 2022 – leading the Rangers to a 12-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on June 4, 2023.

The Rangers' rotation suffered a major setback in early May when Eovaldi was placed on the 15-day injured list with a right groin strain on May 3. He returned to the mound on May 28 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but pitched only three innings and allowed two runs.

Eovaldi appeared in five games in June and averaged a 3.024 ERA. In the 28.2 innings he pitched last month, he allowed 25 hits and 14 runs. But Tuesday's game was a standout for Eovaldi, and he was off to his best start of the season.

“When I'm out there, it's all about execution,” Eovaldi said, “and I was able to make some good shots.”

Rangers manager Bruce Bochy called on relief pitcher Jonathan Hernandez to finish the final two innings when Eovaldi was called to the dugout in the bottom of the seventh inning. Hernandez also allowed just one hit.

However, Bochy said if the game had been by a smaller score, he might have kept Eovaldi on the mound longer. Eovaldi said he is always ready and willing to pitch a nine-inning game, but Bochy prioritizes the health of his starting pitcher.

“He did his job and we had a fresh bullpen … we have to take care of him,” Bochy said.

The Rangers will face the Padres on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.

Texas Rangers pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (17) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers first baseman Nathaniel Lowe (30) celebrates after hitting a home run alongside teammates Texas Rangers outfielder Adolis García (53) and Texas Rangers shortstop Josh Smith (8), who also scored on Lowe's home run, in the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers first baseman Nathaniel Lowe (30) runs between the bases after hitting a home run as San Diego Padres pitcher Dylan Cease (84) looks away during the first inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim (28) gestures at second base after hitting a double in the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim (28) gets a high-five from his teammate after scoring on a double by Texas Rangers outfielder Leody Taveras (3) in the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim (28) hits a double in the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field on Tuesday, July 2, 2024 in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers outfielder Wyatt Langford (36) swings during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers outfielder Wyatt Langford (36) is ready to hit a ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers first baseman Nathaniel Lowe (30), right, celebrates after hitting a home run alongside teammates, Texas Rangers outfielder Adolis García (53) and Texas Rangers shortstop Josh Smith (8), who also scored on Lowe's home run, in the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
San Diego Padres pitcher Dylan Cease (84) talks with his teammates during the third inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy (15) waves to fans before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
San Diego Padres pitcher Dylan Cease (84) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers outfielder Leody Taveras (3) gets a high-five from his teammate after scoring on a single hit by Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien (2) in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
San Diego Padres pitcher Stephen Kolek (32) throws during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien (2) talks with Texas Rangers outfielder Adolis García (53) during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers outfielder Wyatt Langford (36) slides safely to third base as San Diego Padres third baseman Donovan Solano (39) cannot catch the ball during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers outfielder Wyatt Langford (36) enters second base and runs to third base as San Diego Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth (9) looks down during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers shortstop Josh Smith (8) throws a ball to first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
A Texas Rangers fan holds a sign before the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers outfielder Adolis García (53) looks at his fly ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers pitcher Jonathan Hernández (72) throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim (28), left, and Texas Rangers pitcher Jonathan Hernández (72) walk to the bench together after the start of the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers outfielder Adolis García (53), Texas Rangers first baseman Nathaniel Lowe (30), Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien (2) and Texas Rangers shortstop Josh Smith (8) celebrate their win against the San Diego Padres after a baseball game at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers pitcher Jonathan Hernández (72) celebrates after a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field, Tuesday, July 2, 2024 in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers outfielder Wyatt Langford (36) celebrates with his teammates their win against the San Diego Padres after a baseball game at Globe Life Field on Tuesday, July 2, 2024 in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)
Texas Rangers outfielder Adolis García (53) celebrates with his teammates their victory against the San Diego Padres after a baseball game at Globe Life Field on Tuesday, July 2, 2024 in Arlington. (Chitose Suzuki / Staff Photographer)

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