ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — David Dahl and Brock Holt hit RBI singles in Texas’ three-run eighth, and the Rangers took advantage of a costly error on Alex Verdugo, topping the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Sunday.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa homered to help Texas take three of four games against the AL East leaders, winning a series against Boston for the first time since 2016. Josh Sborz (3-1) got three outs for the win, and Ian Kennedy worked the ninth for his seventh save in seven opportunities.
“It’s nice to obviously get three out of four in any series, but against the team that came in with the best record in the bigs,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said.
Xander Bogaerts had three hits for Boston, including his fifth homer. Verdugo finished with two hits.
The Red Sox built a 3-1 lead with runs in the second, fourth and seventh innings. They lost a series for the first time since being swept by Baltimore at Fenway Park to open the season.
“Like I told you guys after we started 0-3, we thought we had a good team,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “And after we won all those games, we still have a good team. We reset tomorrow.”
Bogaerts scored the game’s first run after he reached on a towering popup that second baseman Nick Solak lost in the sun. He advanced to third on Marwin Gonzalez’s double and scampered home on Hunter Renfroe’s grounder to Solak.
The roof was open at second-year Globe Life Field.
Bogaerts connected in the fourth against Mike Foltynewicz. But the Rangers got one back in the seventh on Kiner-Falefa’s fifth homer and went ahead to stay in the eighth.
Nate Lowe sparked Texas’ rally with a walk and swiped second. He came around to score on Dahl’s two-out single off Adam Ottavino (2-2), tying it at 3.