BOSTON — Connor Wong hit his first major league home run, Kiké Hernández hit two doubles and the Boston Red Sox blew out the Texas Rangers 9-1 on Friday after overcoming an early injury to starter Nick Pivetta.
The Rangers accumulate six consecutive losses, their worst streak in the campaign.
Pivetta left the mound because of the bruise on his left calf caused by the pitch that Leody Taveras hit directly to him in the third inning.
The starter threw Taveras out to first base to end the inning, but he limped off the field.
He was replaced by right-hander Tyler Danish (3-1), who pitched a scoreless inning and came away with the victory.
Texas starter Dallas Keuchel took the loss, scoring seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings that tied his season high against him.
In two starts since joining the Rangers as a free agent on July 26, Keuchel had allowed 14 earned runs on 18 hits in 10 innings.
Keuchel, the 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner, is 0-2 with Texas. He is 2-9 with a 9.20 ERA this season with Texas, the Chicago White Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Before the game he had an ERA of 8.84, the highest in the Major Leagues.
Wong hit his two-run homer in the seventh and drove in Hernandez, who had been walked.
For the Red Sox, the Mexican Alex Verdugo 5-0, one scored. The Dominicans Rafael Devers 2-2, two runs scored, one RBI. Puerto Rican Enrique Hernández 3-2, two runs scored, two produced.
For the Rangers, the Cuban Adolis García 4-0. Dominicans Leody Taveras 4-0 and Ezequiel Durán 4-0.
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Wong’s homer sealed Boston’s blowout against Rangers