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Rangers surrender 6 unanswered runs for 18th loss of season

The Texas Rangers have surprisingly won 6 out of 10 games in the month of May after losing 14 games in April. The Rangers hosted the Boston Red Sox on Friday night for what looked to be an intense series in Arlington. The Rangers did not account for tremendous pitching by the Red Sox with Starter, Nick Pivetta, returning to Cy Young candidacy form. Nick Pivetta only allowed one run and three hits in a season high seven innings for his first win since August 2021. It was not until the seventh inning when Kyle Calhoun of the Texas Rangers scored on a wild pitch for their only run of the game.

The Rangers anticipated a long series with the Boston Red Sox especially since both ball clubs have used their bullpens frequently in the first month and a half of the season. For the Rangers, they never expected Red Sox starter to pitch a dominant game especially late into the game. Alex Cora, Red Sox manager, commented on Pivetta’s performance, “We needed him to go deep into the game. We are planning to have bullpen games going into the weekend, so Nick’s start gave our relievers some much needed rest.”

Texas manager, Chris Woodward, knows how underrated Pivetta’s fastball is. “It doesn’t show up on the radar gun as 98 like some other guys, but his 92 plays like a 95.” The Rangers drop their 18th game to now have a record 13-18 and look to bounce back Saturday sending Glenn Otto to the mound vs. Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill. Totals for Friday night’s game: Texas Rangers 1, Boston Red Sox 7. Winning pitcher for Red Sox: Nick Pivetta (1-4), Losing pitcher for Rangers: Dane Dunning (1-2).

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