Purple Sox burst out for six within the seventh, beat the AL West-leading Rangers 10-6

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The Purple Sox obtained one again within the sixth, once they chased former Boston pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, after which broke the sport open within the seventh.

Boston Red Sox's Enrique Hernandez, right, celebrates with Connor Wong (12) after scoring.
Boston Purple Sox’s Enrique Hernandez, proper, celebrates with Connor Wong (12) after scoring on a single by Rob Refsnyder in opposition to the Texas Rangers through the sixth inning of a baseball recreation Thursday, July 6, 2023, in Boston. AP Picture/Steven Senne

BOSTON (AP) — Kiké Hernández blooped a bases-loaded, broken-bat single within the seventh to show a one-run deficit right into a one-run lead, and the Purple Sox weren’t executed but.

Boston despatched 12 batters to the plate and scored six instances in opposition to 4 Texas relievers within the seventh inning Thursday evening to drag away and beat the AL West-leading Rangers 10-6.

“Each pitcher right here believes within the lineup that we now have,” mentioned Purple Sox reliever Josh Winckowski (3-1), who got here on within the seventh with runners on second and third and no person out and pitched out of it. “If we maintain it shut, stuff like tonight goes to occur.”

No. 9 hitter Connor Wong had three hits as Boston gained for the fifth time in six video games.

Boston led 1-0 and 3-1 earlier than Texas scored two within the fourth and two extra within the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. The Purple Sox obtained one again within the sixth, once they chased former Boston pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, after which broke the sport open within the seventh.

“It began with my hit, and we obtained some huge hits behind me,” mentioned Hernández, who sat out the earlier three video games whereas mired in a droop that dropped his batting common to .225. “That’s what we’ve obtained to do to beat good groups. Not simply take the lead, however maintain including on and maintain benefiting from their errors.”

Purple Sox supervisor praised Hernández not only for his go-ahead single however for drawing a stroll in his first at-bat and for beginning the game-ending double play. Hernández had additionally struggled on protection, committing 5 errors within the first eight video games of the season earlier than he was moved to heart area for some time.

“You understand, he works laborious in his craft. He labored laborious on his craft within the offseason and it hasn’t paid off but,” Cora mentioned. “It’s good to have him contribute. I do know for him it’s essential as a result of he cares about this group, he cares in regards to the workforce and he doesn’t need to battle.”

Corey Seager had three hits for the second straight evening, together with a solo homer within the ninth that made it 10-6. Adolis Garcia walked earlier than Chris Martin got here in and threw one pitch to finish it, getting Josh Jung on a double play.

The Rangers had been up 5-4 with one out within the backside of the seventh when Rafael Devers walked and Adam Duvall doubled him to 3rd. Triston Casas walked to load the bases and, after Grant Anderson changed Josh Sborz (4-4), Hernández lofted one to left, scoring two.

Christian Arroyo and Wong adopted with RBI singles. John King obtained one out after which gave up a run-scoring single to Justin Turner and back-to-back infield singles to Masataka Yoshida and Devers. Jose Leclerc got here in and struck out Duvall to finish the inning.

The Purple Sox had seven hits — six singles and a double — and two walks within the inning. Two of the bottom hits had been excessive choppers that didn’t depart the infield. Additionally they took benefit of a throwing error by left fielder Robbie Grossman.

Sborz was charged with three runs on three hits and two walks whereas getting simply two outs.

Welcome again

Eovaldi made his first look at Fenway Park since leaving Boston after 4 1/2 seasons during which he helped the Purple Sox win a World Sequence.

Eovaldi was greeted with a video tribute throughout Tuesday’s collection opener. He stepped out of the dugout and tipped his hat to the gang that remembers him for his six innings of reduction in Boston’s 18-inning loss to the Dodgers in Recreation 3 of the 2018 Sequence.

On Thursday evening, the 33-year-old right-hander allowed 4 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks, putting out three in 5 1/3 innings. He left with a runner on second and one out; Brock Burke relieved him and gave up a single to Rob Refsnyder to make it 5-4.

Burke hit Wong after which obtained Verdugo on a fielder’s alternative earlier than Sborz got here on and retired Turner on a weak nubber to first.


The Purple Sox signed catcher Jorge Alfaro to a one-year deal and designated catcher Caleb Hamilton for task. Alfaro performed in 10 video games for the Rockies this season, going 5-for-31 with 4 doubles and one residence run. He’s a .254 hitter with 48 homers in 488 profession video games with the Phillies, Marlins, Padres and Rockies.

The Rangers activated right-hander José Leclerc from the 15-day Injured Checklist and optioned right-handed pitcher Joe Barlow to Triple-A Spherical Rock. Leclerc is 0-1 with one save and a 3.42 ERA in 24 video games with Texas this season. He was positioned on the IL after spraining his proper ankle throughout batting apply June 23.

Up subsequent

Rangers: Open a three-game collection in Washington. Trevor Williams (5-4) will take the mound for the Nationals in opposition to a Rangers starter to be decided.

Purple Sox: Head into the All-Star break with three in opposition to Oakland. The A’s will begin RHP Luis Medina (2-7); Boston’s starter for the opener at Fenway is TBD.