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Kyle Gibson, bullpen, lead Texas Rangers past Boston Red Sox

Apr 29, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) tags out Texas Rangers right fielder Adolis Garcia (53) during the second inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Trevino hit a go ahead, two-run home run in the sixth inning to lift the Texas Rangers over the visiting Boston Red Sox 4-1 in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night.

Trevino’s first homer of the season came two pitches after Boston pulled starter Martin Perez (0-2) for reliever Hirokazu Sawamura.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa added a solo homer, his third of the year, in the seventh and Adolis Garcia also drove in a run for Texas. Rangers starter Kyle Gibson (3-0) held the Red Sox to one run on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts over six innings.

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Texas, which had dropped six of eight games coming in, improved to 7-4 against AL East opponents this season.

Rafael Devers had an RBI double for Boston. Perez was charged with two runs, one earned, on five hits and struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings for the Red Sox, whose three-game winning streak was snapped.

Boston had won four of five to bounce back from a stretch of five losses in eight games.

Devers’ two-out double in the sixth tied the game at 1-1 before Kiner-Falefa’s decisive homer.

Kiner-Falefa’s homer came after Garcia reached on a fielding error by Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Garcia also benefitted from a Boston error on his sacrifice fly in the fourth when Joey Gallo doubled and advanced to third on a fielding miscue by Devers.

The run snapped a stretch of 19 1/3 scoreless innings for Red Sox pitches.

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Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez was pulled for pinch hitter Christian Arroyo in the eight due to migraine symptoms, according to the team’s television broadcast. Martinez finished 0-for-1 with a pair of walks.

Ian Kennedy struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his fifth save of the year.

Boston right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (3-2, 3.77 ERA) is slated to start opposite Texas rookie right-hander Kohei Arihara (2-2, 4.03 ERA) in game two of the series Friday night.

-Field Level Media