"This team got together around him, and there's a lot of good things happening and we're very proud of him", Cora said.
The Red Sox added the tying run in the inning, with another bold base-running play involved.
"He's got like numbness, yeah", Cora said. He has one homer in 30 games this season after belting 20 in 2017.
Kelly (1-0) came on with one out in the eighth and fanned Joey Gallo, the slugger who had already hit two impressive home runs, and then got Jurickson Profar on a called third strike to end an 11-pitch at-bat. "I'd like to think I've hit a few balls hard this year that have been caught, so maybe it's starting to even out".
The Red Sox outfielder entered Saturday's game just 2-for-26 this season against southpaws and figured to have a tough matchup against Rangers veteran Cole Hamels. Rangers leadoff hitter Delino DeShields extended his career-best hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the third inning.
Craig Kimbrel became the quickest pitcher to reach 300 career saves, closing out a 6-5 win by the Boston Red Sox after they rallied and got the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning at Texas on Saturday night.
First baseman Ronald Guzman fielded Andrew Benintendi's grounder, tagged the bag and made the throw that struck Betts.
"For me, it's just a matter of time", Cora said. "He didn't feel great". It makes sense for us, you know? "So I think it's just awesome and a testament to how hard that he works, that he was able to still come back here and still compete at a very high level like we all know he can". He's got a day and a half off and it should be something day-to-day. "Hopefully ready for Tuesday".
The play unfolded in the seventh inning, with the Rangers' bullpen trying to hold a 5-3 lead.
For the second time in eight days, Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts exited a game early due to injury.
Red Sox: After a day off Monday, the Red Sox open the series against the Yankees.