Rangers vs. Red Sox – Game Recap – September 2, 2022

BOSTON — Connor Wong hits his first major league homer, Kiké Hernández doubles twice as Boston Red Sox overcome starting pitcher Nick Pivetta’s early injury led to a 9-1 win over Texas on Friday night, the Rangers’ worst sixth straight loss of the season.

Pivetta exited with a bruised left calf after being hit by Leody Taveras’ comeback in the third quarter. Pivetta pitched Taveras at first base to end the inning, but limped off the field.

“Yeah, it was frustrating. I felt good tonight,” said Pivita, who led the team with 27 starts and is the only member of the rotation not to miss a start this season.

After the game, however, he wasn’t sure if he would make his next start.

“I’m very proud of that,” Piveta said. “I’m looking forward to continuing that momentum and going to base.”

Pivetta was replaced by right-hander Tyler Danish (3-1), who won with a scoreless inning.

Texas starter Dallas Keuchel lost, played 4 2/3 innings, and tied a season high by allowing seven wins. In two starts since joining the Rangers in free agency on July 26, Kuchel has given up a total of 14 runs in 10 innings on 18 hits.

Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, is 0-2 with Texas and 2-9 with a 9.20 ERA this season with Texas, the Chicago White Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks. He came into the game with a major league-high 8.84 ERA.

“I think my pitching is a lot better than what I read,” Kuchel said. “It feels like I’m pitching and they’re fighting, like a classic Red Sox game at Fenway Park. I build all the pitches, but that’s how it is this year. We’re working towards an ultimate goal of setting some zero.”

Huang hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning for Hernandez, who was already walking. 26-year-old catcher and second baseman Wong played his sixth game this year for Boston.

“That, it’s a good swing,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “He’s got some pop. I remember him hitting a home run straight to center in spring training last year, and that was impressive. … Now, he looks a lot better than he did last year. He’s chasing the fastball. “

“Behind the plate, he’s really good. … He’s in control of the situation,” he said. “We’ll find a way for him to hit the ball and move on.”

Texas Infielder-Outfielder Charlie Cooperson threw a scoreless eighth, allowing two-out and one-out.

Hernandez scored twice and also scored two points.

Xander Bogaerts hit an RBI double in Game 1.

Texas rookie Bubba Thompson led the third inning with a single and stole a second for his 10th at-bat since his major league debut on Aug. 4. Thompson scored on a Corey Seager single.

Boston scored three points on Hernández’s RBI single and Christian Arroyo’s two-point single.

Rafael Devers and JD Martinez hit an RBI double in the fifth inning to finish Keuchel. Hernández doubled up a runaway reliever, AJ Alexy.

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Rangers: RHP Joe Barlow has been plagued by blisters on his right index finger for nearly two months and needs more time to activate. He is on the injured list for the second time this season and is eligible to be activated on Friday. He has missed 45 games with the issue since July 13.

Red Sox: Cora said the team’s medical staff plans to meet later Friday to discuss a course of action for RHP Tanner Houck, who has been sidelined since Aug. 6 with a lower back inflammation. “There’s a good chance he’ll have surgery,” Cora said. If so, Cora expects Hawke to be ready for spring training. … 1B Eric Hosmer, who has had an inflamed lower back since Aug. 21, “has not progressed as much as we thought,” Cora said. Hosmer has been banned from baseball but is receiving medical treatment. … RHP Nathan Eovaldi, who has been out since Aug. 19 with an inflammation of his right shoulder, had a 25- to 30-pitch bullpen workout on Friday and is expected to do it again on Monday, with Cora saying Eovaldi feels “better than a few weeks.” much earlier.” … RHP Zack Kelly placed on paternity leave. The Dane has been recalled from Worcester Triple-A to take Kelly’s place on the list.


The Rangers and Red Sox will continue their four-game series Saturday afternoon. Boston rookie RHP Brayan Bello (0-4, 7.27 ERA) is making his eighth start, first against Texas. The Rangers have yet to name a starter, and the selection depends on the use of the bullpen for Friday’s game.


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