Nick Pivetta allowed one run and three hits in a seven-inning season to win for the first time since August, and the Boston Red Sox scored four runs in the sixth inning to beat the Texas Rangers 7-1 on Friday night.
JD Martinez started Boston’s big inning with a single to left field that bounced at the feet of Brad Miller. The hit extended Martinez’s hitting streak to 14 games and his on-base streak to 29 games through last September, both the longest active streaks in the majors.
Pivetta (1-4) ended a personal seven-game losing streak in 13 starts. His previous victory was on August 13, 2021 over Baltimore. He struck out four and walked one. His shutout offer ended in the seventh inning when Kole Calhoun hit a 3-pointer to center and scored on a wild pitch.
The Red Sox have won two of their last three games following a season-long five-game losing streak that put them in last place in the AL East.
Calhoun had three of Texas’ four hits.
Pivetta pitched six scoreless innings in his previous start last Saturday at home against the Chicago White Sox, but went out without a decision in Boston’s 3-1 loss.
Alex Verdugo and Franchy Cordero had RBI doubles in the sixth inning.
Xander Bogaerts entered leading the American League in batting and went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and raised his average from .345 to .347.
Martinez added a ground rule double in the seventh inning.
Dane Dunning (1-2) allowed one run on two singles before the sixth. He left with two outs and was charged with five runs on six hits with six strikeouts, two walks and a wild pitch.
Dunning came off his only win of the season last Saturday at home, limiting the world champion Atlanta Braves to one run in a career-high 7 2/3 innings.
AS FOR OTHER STRIPES
Rangers 1B Nathaniel Lowe singled in the fifth to end a 22-0 drought. … Red Sox CF Kike Hernandez singled to shallow right in the ninth inning to also break 0-for-22. Hernandez also scored after the first of his two walks and was hit by a pitch. … Texas 2B Marcus Semien went 0-for-4 and has been hitless in his last 21 at-bats. … Rangers 3B Andy Ibanez is hitless in his last 19 at-bats after going 0-for-3.
Red Sox LF Alex Verdugo left the game in the seventh inning with a concussion to his right foot.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Red Sox: LHP Rich Hill (0-1, 2.86 ERA) rejoined the team Friday and is expected to make his first start since May 5, being on the COVID list and then the bereavement/emergency medical list familiar.
Rangers: RHP Glenn Otto (1-0, 3.14) threw 86 pitches Sunday against the New York Yankees, the most of his two-year major league career, and tied his career high by throwing five innings in a game that Texas won 4-2.