Red Sox earn first series win of month, win 11-3 at Texas – CBS Boston

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — JD Martinez extended his on-base streak to 31 games with a first-inning home run, Rich Hill, 42, pitching into the seventh inning on his return from the COVID-19 roster and the Sox Boston Reds. posted their first series win in a month with an 11-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Rafael Devers also homered for Boston, which set a season record for runs and won the first two in the three-game weekend series. Kiké Hernández drove in three runs, with a sacrifice fly in the second inning, a fielder’s choice ground-out in the fourth and a double in the fifth.

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The Red Sox (13-20) had only won one of their first 10 series, winning two of three at Detroit on April 11-13 during the first week of the season. They had gone 0-6-2 in their series since then, including a two-game split in World Series champion Atlanta earlier this week, to fall to the bottom of the AL East standings.

Hill (1-1) threw 64 of his 94 pitches for strikes in his first start since May 5. The left-hander struck out four without walking and allowed three runs on seven hits, Kole Calhoun’s last two-run double after Texas. he led off the seventh with consecutive singles.

Martinez went deep on a full-count pitch with two outs in the first off rookie Glenn Otto (1-1). It was his fourth home run this season and extended his best hitting streak in the majors to 15 games. Martinez also singled and walked twice while posting the longest on-base streak of his career, including the 26 games he has played this season.

Otto had four strikeouts and four walks while pitching to fifth. He allowed eight runs and eight hits.

Texas tied it up in the bottom of the first when leadoff hitter Eli White reached on an error by second baseman Trevor Story, then stole second and third before going home on Corey Seager’s single. Seager had gone 3-for-28 — all those hits, solo homers — in his previous eight games.

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The Red Sox took control with a four-run second inning capped by Devers’ two-run homer, an opposite-field line drive that bounced off the left-field post for a 5-1 lead.

COACHES ROOM

Red Sox: LF Alex Verdugo was out of the lineup with a bruised right foot. He came out in the seventh inning of Friday’s game after committing a foot foul. Manager Alex Cora said Verdugo was still in some pain, but X-rays were negative.

Rangers: RHP Jon Gray will wear a left knee brace when he starts against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, exactly one week after leaving his last start with a knee strain. Gray got through a bullpen session on Saturday with no problem.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Rangers left-hander Martin Perez (1-2, 2.10 ERA), who has allowed just two earned runs in 26 1/3 innings (0.68 ERA) in his last four starts after losing the first two, will participate in the last game of the season against Boston. He pitched for the Red Sox the past two seasons before joining his original MLB team this spring.

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