The Sox finally broke their losing streak and hoped to get another win under their belt with Chris Sale on the mound. Sale has always pitched well vs. the Jays and would continue that last night. Sale not only got the win, but got his 1500th lifetime K, which is the fastest in MLB history. The Yankees were rained out, so now the Sox are sitting a whole 4 games above them in the race for the AL East.
The game stayed scoreless until the 6th inning. Chris Sale and Brett Anderson were going toe to toe and it looked like it might just take one run to win this thing. The Sox were the ones to strike first when Nunez hit an RBI double off of Anderson in the top of the 6th. Sox 1-0. The Sox grabbed another run in the top of the 7th when Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run off the Jays bullpen. Sox 2-0. The Sox got their 3rd and final run of the game in the top of the 8th inning when Benintendi hit an RBI single to score Davis. Sox 3-0.
That would be enough when Chris Sale is on the other side of the mound. Sale pitched into the 8th inning and was only pulled when he gave up back to back singles to start the inning. Sale was done and Addison Reed came in to finish off the inning. Reed got two strikeouts to start the inning, but then gave up a single to have the bases loaded. Thankfully Reed was able to get a groundout to end the inning and have the Sox still holding on to a win and a shutout. Sale’s line for the night was 107 pitches, 7+IP, 3 H, 0 BB and 11 Ks. Kimbrel came out for the 9th and had himself a nice 1-2-3 inning, including 2 Ks.
Red Sox 3 Blue Jays 0 BOXSCORE
WP: Sale (15-6) LP: Anderson (0-1) SV: Kimbrel (31)