ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nick Pivetta allowed a run and three hits in a season-long seven innings to win for the first time since August and the Boston Red Sox had a four-run sixth inning to beat the Texas Rangers 7-1 on Friday night.
J.D. Martinez began Boston’s big inning by lining a single to left field that skipped at Brad Miller’s feet. The hit extended Martinez’s hitting streak to 14 games and his on-base streak to 30 games to last September, both the longest active streaks in the major leagues.
Pivetta (1-4) ended a personal seven-game losing streak over 13 starts. His previous win was Aug. 13, 2021, over Baltimore. He struck out four and walked one. His shutout bid ended in the seventh inning when Kole Calhoun tripled to center and scored on a wild pitch.
Pivetta pitched six scoreless innings in his previous start last Saturday at home against the Chicago White Sox but came away with no decision in a 3-1 Boston loss. He walked two total batters in the two outings.
“Competitive in the zone, cutting down walks,” Pivetta said. “A lot of early swings, which was really nice tonight. It allowed me to get deeper in the baseball game.”
That was important with the Red Sox planning to have a bullpen game Sunday in the series finale.
“We needed him to go deep into the game,” Boston manager Alex Cora said.
“Pivetta – he’s got a good fastball,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “I know it doesn’t show up on the radar gun as 98 like some of the other guys, but his 92 plays like 95.”
The Red Sox have won two of their last three games following a season-long five-game losing streak that put them in last place in the AL East.
Calhoun had three of Texas’ four hits.
Alex Verdugo and Franchy Cordero had RBI doubles in the sixth…