Pivetta (1-4) ended a seven-game personal losing streak over 13 starts. His previous win was on August 13, 2021, over Baltimore. Hit four and walked one. His attempt to close in was ended in the seventh inning when Cole Calhoun advanced three times into the middle and scored on wild ground.
Pevita made six goalsless games 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. Walked two sets of strikes in the two games.
“Competitive in the area, he cuts walking,” said Pevita. “Lots of early swings, which was really nice tonight. It allowed me to get a little deeper into baseball.”
This was significant with the Red Sox planning to play the Bullpen on Sunday in the final series.
“We needed him to get deep into the game,” said Boston coach Alex Cora.
“Pevita – he has good fastball,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “I know it doesn’t appear on the radar gun like the 98 does as some of the other guys do, but the 92 plays like the 95.”
The Red Sox have won two of their last three games after a five-game losing streak that put them last in the AL East.
Calhoun had three out of four Texas hits.
Alex Verdugo and Franchi Cordero earned RBI doubles in the sixth inning.
Xander Bogaerts came in to lead the MLS in batting and went 2 for 5, with two RBIs, raising his average from .345 to .347. This included setting a one-man broken bat short early in the pivotal sixth inning.
Martinez doubled the ground rule in the seventh game.
Dane Dunning (1-2) allowed a one-on-two singles run to go to sixth. He left with two naysayers and was tasked with five runs of the season by a six-stroke, two walks and a wilderness.
Dunning came from his only win of the season last Saturday at home, carrying the world champions Atlanta Braves in one career-wide round 7 2/3 innings.
The Red Sox’s second-year businessman, Trevor Storey, grew up near Arlington in Irving and now lives in nearby Colleville. His camp was in free agent talks with the Rangers over the holiday season before he signed with Boston for a six-year, $140 million deal in late March. That was months after Texas added brokers Cory Seeger and Marcus Simin for $500 million.
“Growing up here, everyone thought it was possible,” Storey said of joining Rangers. “But things worked out the way they did, and I think that’s for a reason, and I’m happy where I am.”
Storey, who hit four lucky catches in six matches at Globe Life Field while with Colorado, had one fly and one sacrifice.
Rangers 1B Nathaniel Lowe scored in fifth to finish the drought 0-for-22. … Red Sox CF Kike Hernandez threw a song one into the shallows in the ninth inning to also take 0-for-22. Hernandez also scored after his first walk and hit a pitch. …Texas 2B Marcus Simin went 0-4 and is uninjured on his last 21 strokes. …Rangers 3B Andy Ibanez is unable to strike in his last 19 goals after scoring 0 for 3.
Red Sox LF Alex Verdugo left the match in the seventh game with a contusion to his right foot after tripping on the field. X-rays were negative.
Red Sox: LHP Rich Hill (0-1, 2.86 ERA) returned to the squad on Friday and is expected to make his first appearance since May 5, where he was listed on the COVID list and then the bereavement/medical emergency list.
Rangers: RHP Glenn Otto (1-0, 3.14) threw 86 shots Sunday against the New York Yankees, the most of his two-year career in the Big League, and returned to his career high with a five-round throw in a game that the Texas won 4. 2.
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