Red Sox aim to keep bats alive against Rangers | Radio WGN 720

The Boston Red Sox have suddenly found their offense and hope to continue their recent prowess when they face the Texas Rangers on Saturday night in Game 2 of a three-game series in Arlington, Texas.

Boston will send left-hander Rich Hill (0-1, 2.86 ERA) to the mound on Saturday, and right-hander Glenn Otto (1-0, 3.14) will start for the Rangers.

The Red Sox won Game 1 of the series 7-1 Friday behind Nick Pivetta’s strong seven innings on the mound and a station-to-station offense that produced 10 hits — just three for extra bases.

Pivetta has allowed just one run in his last 13 innings in two starts, and his ERA went from 7.84 to 5.08 over the streak.

On Friday, Xander Bogaerts had two hits and two RBIs to lead Boston while JD Martinez also had two hits. Enrique Hernandez was on base four times with two walks, a single and a hit per pitch, and every player in the Red Sox starting lineup except Jackie Bradley Jr. recorded a hit.

Martinez extended his hitting streak to 14 games as the Red Sox won for the second time in their last three games after dropping five in a row.

Hill is off the COVID injury list.

“I saw him this morning. He feels good,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said ahead of Friday’s game.

Boston outfielder Alex Verdugo was pulled from Friday’s game in the seventh inning with a bruised right foot. X-rays of his foot were negative and he is listed day to day.

The Rangers had just four hits in the loss, including three by outfielder Kole Calhoun. He also produced Texas’ only run by scoring on a wild pitch in the seventh after a hat-trick.

“We had a lot of ‘just misses’ today,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said after Friday’s loss. “We actually (hit) some very hard balls that we were just unlucky on. The fact that we’re missing out on accuracy is encouraging. This is the bottom line.

“We went out there today with the plan to hit the fastball, and there were some good swings. I have a lot of circles on my map for the balls we hit hard. I think we actually accomplished the game plan, but we just didn’t get the orders online.

The Rangers got nothing offensively Friday from star offseason acquisitions Corey Seager (0 for 3 with one strikeout) and Marcus Semien, who went 0 for 4 to drop his average to .160.

Semien, who missed the Rangers’ Thursday win over Kansas City, has been unsuccessful this year and has just 19 hits and eight RBIs in 119 at-bats.

Texas is 5-16 this season when scoring five or less.

–Field level media

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