Isiah Kiner-Falefa helped AL take three of Texas’ four games against former leaders and win consecutive games for the first time since April 18-19. Josh Shorebor (3-1) got three outs for the win, and Ian Kennedy scored the ninth to save his seventh in the seventh occasion.
Xander Bogaerts did three hits for Boston, including his fifth homer. Verdugo finished with two hits.
The Red Sox took a 3–1 lead with runs in the second, fourth and seventh innings. Bogarts scored the first run of the game after reaching a tugging popup that was lost to second baseman Nick Solak in the sun. He advanced to home for Marvin Gonzalez’s third on a double and Hunter Renfro’s grounder Solak.
Bogarts connected in the fourth against Mike Foltynewicz. But the Rangers got back on Keener-Falefa’s fifth homer in the seventh and went on to finish eighth.
Nat Lowe started the Texas rally with a trip and finished in second place. He went on to lead Dahl of Adam Ottavino (2–2) by 3 runs from a single.
Ottavino visited Keener-Falefa before being replaced by Matt Byrnes. Holt wished Barnes a superb center, and Verdugo’s error allowed Keener-Falefa to score for a 5–3 lead.
Boston starter Garrett Richards scored seven runs on the pitch in five innings of a run ball. He allowed four hits and walked one.
Foltynewic allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings.
Joey Gallo scored the Rangers’ first run after doubling in the fourth. Gallo and Texas manager Chris Woodward were evicted in the sixth by plate umpire Brian O’Nora, after which Gallo made a third strike. Gallo was leading the AL with 43 strikes and fouled twice on Sunday, giving him 12 points in the series.
Rangers: C Jonahim bounced off his chest in the eighth inning after a pitch. … RHP Kohei Arihara (right middle finger) had an injection and probably won’t make his next scheduled start on Wednesday.
Red Sox: RHP Nick Pivetta (3-0, 2.81 ERA), who hit the Mets through five scoreless innings in his last start, will open a three-game homestand against Detroit on Tuesday.
Rangers RHP Dan Dunning (1-1, 3.97 ERA) will begin a four-match series in Minnesota starting Monday. Dinging scored nine runs in his last two matches after conceding defeat in one of his first three.
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