Wong hits 1st MLB homer, Red Sox lose Pivetta, beat Rangers

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Boston Red Sox's Connor Wong runs on his two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


BOSTON (AP) — Connor Wong hit his first major league homer, Kiké Hernández doubled twice and the Boston Red Sox overcame an early injury to starting pitcher Nick Pivetta to beat Texas 9-1. The Rangers lost their season-worst sixth in a row. Pivetta exited with a bruised left calf after getting hit by Leody Taveras’ comebacker in the third.

Pivetta threw out Taveras at first base to end the inning, but hobbled off the field.

Texas Rangers

Texas starter Dallas Keuchel took the loss, going 4 2/3 innings, matching a season high by allowing seven earned runs. In two starts since joining the Rangers as a free agent on July 26, Keuchel has given up a combined 14 earned runs over 10 innings on 18 hits.