Rangers 7, Red Sox 1
ARLINGTON, Texas, May 15 — The Texas Rangers were able to avoid the sweep on Sunday afternoon, by defeating the Boston Red Sox by a final score of 7–1. Everything went right for the Rangers in the series finale. Adolis Garcia and Kole Calhoun hit back-to-back Jacks in the bottom of the sixth inning to power the Texas Rangers to a much-needed win. Now with Boston leaving town to play the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in a three-game set, the Rangers will host the Los Angeles Angels for three of their own. That series will start on Monday at 7:05 PM Central at Globe Life Field. The Angels will send righty Noah Syndergaard (3–1, 2.45 ERA) to the mound. The Rangers, meanwhile, will counter with their own right-hander Jon Gray in this one (0–1, 5.51 ERA).
Rangers Get Homer Happy
The Rangers looked like a different team on Sunday. They looked re-energized at the plate. They got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning. Rangers right fielder Kole Calhoun hit a solo home run to center field to tie the game 1–1. It was an important home run for the Texas Rangers, but it didn’t stop there. The tie would stand until the bottom of the sixth inning. Adolis Garcia stepped up to the plate and blasted a three-run home run. Corey Seager and Marcus Semien, the latter of which got out of an 0-for-27 slump with an extra base hit earlier in the inning, were the two men on base at the time.
The smoke from the fireworks that followed Garcia’s homer hadn’t even cleared when Calhoun stepped up to the dish once again. He promptly made the score 5–1 with his second round-tripper of the afternoon. It was his third home run overall in 2022. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Adolis Garcia Show came back on the air as he belted his second home run of the night, his sixth overall in 2022. This scored two more runs.
Boston’s lone run against the Texas Rangers came in the top of the fifth inning. Rafael Devers hit his 13th double of the season. It was enough to drive in Enrique Hernandez. The fans were obviously still reeling from the loss on Saturday, so they didn’t take too kindly to this run. Fortunately, they went home happy with the satisfaction that comes with a Texas Rangers victory.
Texas Rangers Pitching Notes
Sunday marked lefty Martin Perez’ next turn in the starting rotation. Perez had a well-deserved quality start in this one. He pitched six innings. Perez gave up just one earned run on five hits. Perez also walked two, stuck out seven, and didn’t allow any home runs. He also went home with the winning decision. He threw 96 pitches, 56 of which were for strikes. His record for 2022 now sits at 2–2, and he has an ERA of 2.01.
John King took over for Perez in the seventh inning. King pitched one inning, and had one strikeout. Matt Bush pitched the eighth inning. He surrendered a base hit and a walk. Bush also had two strikeouts. Joe Barlow was the last pitcher of the matinee for the Texas Rangers, and he allowed just one hit. It was a very good day for the Rangers’ pitching staff as a whole.
On the other side, Red Sox reliever Ryan Brasier was tagged for the loss on Sunday. He was one of the men that came on in relief for starter Austin Davis. Brasier pitched one inning, and allowed one home run, and it was enough to get him the losing decision. He had no strikeouts, and he walked one batter. His record for 2022 now sits at 0–2, and he has an ERA of 6.57. Neither team recorded a save.
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