Chris Sale struck out 13 in seven innings as the Boston Red Sox defeated the visiting Seattle Mariners 5-0 on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Sale (7-4) allowed only four hits and walked one. Mitch Moreland homered for the Red Sox, who took two of three games in the weekend series after splitting a four-game set last week in Seattle.
Joe Kelly and Matt Barnes each pitched a perfect inning of relief for the Red Sox to complete the shutout.
Sale didn’t even reach a three-ball count on a batter until walking Guillermo Heredia with two outs in the seventh.
The left-hander improved to 6-1 in his career against the Mariners. He has pitched at least seven innings and allowed three or fewer runs in eight straight starts against them, tying his longest streak against a single opponent set against Toronto from April 18, 2013 to Aug. 28, 2017.
“He was great, just like always,” Boston’s centre fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. said.
“Watching from center field, I can only marvel at what he’s doing. It’s impressive.”
The Mariners have lost six of their past seven games.
Seattle left-hander Marco Gonzales (7-5) matched Sale for the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth.
Xander Bogaerts, who missed the previous game with a sprained left index finger, led off with a double to left field and Eduardo Nunez lined a single to center, sending Bogaerts to third. Rafael Devers hit a run-scoring double to right field to break the scoreless tie.
The Red Sox made it 3-0 on sacrifice flies by Sandy Leon and Mookie Betts, who also missed Saturday’s loss due to an illness.
After J.D. Martinez led off the sixth with a single, Moreland hit a two-run homer to center field, his 11th of the season, to make it 5-0. Gonzales allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out six. Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. went 3 for 3 to raise his average from.178 to.189.
Mariners shortstop Jean Segura, who is batting.334 and leads the majors with 32 multi-hit games, was sidelined for the fourth straight day with a right forearm infection.
Dodgers tie record with seven solo homers
Cody Bellinger and Kike Hernandez blasted two homers each as the Los Angeles Dodgers tied the record for most solo home runs by a team in a single game with an 8-7 win over the New York Mets. Justin Turner hit the Dodgers’ seventh and final home run of the game to give them the late lead on Sunday.
Joc Hernandez and Max Muncy led off the game with back-to-back shots for the Dodgers who beat the Mets for the 12th straight time going back to 2016.
Turner seemed to benefit from a getting a day off this week.
“I was hoping we didn’t need one (home run),” said Turner, who went one for nine in the first two games of the series before taking a break.
“But it kind of worked out.”
The Dodgers’ seven solo shots tied the record by a team in a single game in the modern era.
The last team to do it was the Chicago White Sox in June 2016 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale throws a pitch against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning at Fenway Park. PICTURE: USA TODAY Sports