ARLINGTON – Nick Pivetta’s first three starts compared to the last three are almost polar opposites.
Admittedly, those first three starts weren’t pretty. The 29-year-old scored an ERA of 10.03 (13 earned series in 11 2/3 shifts) and opened the season 0-3. But some time during his third start against Toronto, manager Alex Cora believes Pivetta found something on the embankment.
“He worked hard on the bench and found his rhythm,” Cora said.
Whatever it was, he carried it through the next few games, getting better and better with each start. Pivetta achieved his first win of the 2022 season on Friday in Boston’s 7-1 win over the Rangers at the Globe Life Field.
Pivetta has allowed just one run in the last 13 innings and has made just one walk since April 26 against Toronto. That streak was wild in the seventh inning of the game on Friday, but with a hot attack supporting him, victory was already in his pocket.
“I’m just trying to focus on competing in the zone,” Pivetta said. “My stuff is playing in the zone. I have a good curveball, a good slider, the [splitter] comes very well. So I just focus on those aspects and I don’t try to go too far and try to do too much as I was. ”
Boston have now won three of their last 10 games. The numbers may not show it, but Cora believes the effort is there. He doesn’t even have to doubt the strength of the team going to the games because he knows Boston will show up and play solid, even if that has yet to be reflected in the standings.
The Red Sox did exactly what Cora expected of them on Friday, scoring 10 goals and scoring 5 to 8 with runners in the scoring position. Outfielder Kiké Hernández has reached base four times, while JD Martinez has extended his scoring streak to 14 games and his scoring streak to 30 games. Xander Bogaerts scored 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs.
“We won all those races, but it started with a tense game,” Cora said.
Cora said Bogaerts ’single with a broken stick in Boston’s sixth four-round inning changed the game. It was the second in a series of goals that helped the Red Sox add a little security to the small 1-0 lead they held in that change.
“He hurried first and with that game he changed the game,” Cora said. “All in all, it was a good offensive night. We did a lot of good things. “
Left player Alex Verdugo left the game in the seventh inning with a right leg injury. Cora said Verdug’s X-rays were negative.
“We’ll see how he comes tomorrow and leaves,” Cora said.