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Rangers Avoid Sweep with Four-Run Sixth

May 15

Pérez pitches for Texas against Austin Davis. Pérez used to pitch here in Boston, while Davis makes his first MLB start and first start at all in seven years. The last time Davis started was when he was in the Philadelphia farm system. With one out in the top of the first, Devers doubles to shallow right and extends his hit streak to nine games. He moves to third on Martinez’s single to right, which extends Martinez’s hit streak. Pérez gets out of the jam, though it takes him 24 pitches. Second baseman Trevor Story makes a throw for the final out of the second on the run and in shallow right. The Rangers put a runner at second with one out in the bottom of the third. The runner moves to third on a groundout and a walk puts runners at the corners before a groundout strands the runners. This is a pitching duel. A runner is at first with two out in the top of the fifth, and Devers makes Pérez pay for that walk by doubling to deep center and bringing in Hernández to open up the scoring at 1-0 Boston. A groundout ends the inning. Calhoun ties up the game at 1-1 with a homer to the bullpen in left-center. It’s his second of the year, and it also breaks up Boston's bid to record a combined no-hitter. The no-no would have been the first one since Jon Lester’s against Kansas City in 2008.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Semien doubles to left, followed by a walk. After a strikeout, García goes deep to the bullpen to make it 4-1 Texas. In a short time, this game went from a prospective no-hitter to Boston having a three-run deficit. The Sox need offense. Calhoun goes back-to-back with his second of the afternoon to make it 5-1. With a runner at first and two out in the bottom of the eighth, García hits his second homer in as many plate appearances into the bullpen to put an exclamation point on this loss at 7-1. Elsewhere in the baseball world, the Pittsburgh Pirates won…without a hit? The Pirates scored the only run of the afternoon on a force out in the bottom of the eighth and held on to win the game. The runners reached on walks. The catch is that Cincinnati cannot get a no-hitter because the Reds never tied the game to force a bottom of the ninth.