The Boston Red Sox returned home to Fenway and had their ace, Chris Sale pitching. He delivered, the Red Sox bats woke up and Boston snapped their 3-game losing streak, beating the Texas Rangers 6-0 Friday night.

Chri Sale in his first start at Fenway since 2019 went 5.0 innings scattering 5 hits. He struck out 5 and walked 1, throwing 71 pitches, 49 for strikes.

Xander Bogaerts put the Red Sox on the board, with his 20th homer of the season, a solo shot in the 2nd inning. Bogaerts went 2-4 and drove in 2 runs. He now has hit 20 or more homers in 4 of the last 6 seasons. The only other Red Sox shortstop to hit 20 or more homers in as many as 4 seasons is Nomar Garciaparra who did it 6 times.

Kyle Schwarber was 2-2, with a double and single. He walked twice, so he reached base all 4 times. He is 6-13 (.462) with 4 runs, 3 doubles and 5 walks in the 5 games he's played for Boston.

Kike Hernandez was 2-5 with a double and drove in 2 runs.

Alex Verdugo was 1-4 with a double and drove in 2 runs in the 5th inning.

Jarren Duran was 1-4 with a double and now has a 4-game hitting streak.

Hansel Robles came on in the 6th inning and struck out 1, walked 1 and didn't allow a hit.

Austin Davis allowed 2 hits in the 7th inning, but thanks to a double play, didn't allow a run

Hirokazu Sawamura struck out 2 and didn't allow a run in the 8th inning.

Matt Barnes, struck out the side on 15 pitches in the 9th inning.

Texas has lost their last 4 games and 5 out of their last 6, and 13 of their last 16.

Manager Alex Cora on the night.

In other games the Yankees beat the Twins 10-2, the White Sox beat the Rays 7-5 and the A's beat the Giants 4-1. Boston is in 3rd place, 5.5 games behind the Rays, and a half game out of the 2nd wild card spot, behind both the Yankees and A's

Boston and Texas will play Game 2 of the 3-game series Saturday night. Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to start for Boston with the pregame at 6:10 p.m. and 1st pitch at 7:10 p.m. on AM 1370 WDEA.

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