Bos­ton ace Sale Ks 11 in 4-0 win

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - TIM BOOTH

Chris Sale pitched seven in­nings of three-hit ball, top prospect Rafael Dev­ers be­came the youngest Bos­ton player to hit a home run in more than 50 years, and the Red Sox beat the Seat­tle Mariners, 4-0, in Amer­i­can League ac­tion Wed­nes­day to sal­vage the fi­nal game of the se­ries.

Barely 12 hours af­ter the clubs wrapped up a five-hour, 13-in­ning marathon, the Red Sox got what they needed from their ace to avoid a sweep. The lefty was mas­ter­ful, strik­ing out 11, the 14th time this sea­son he had at least 10 strike­outs in a game. He al­lowed dou­bles to Jean Se­gura and Guillermo Here­dia, and a bro­ken-bat sin­gle to Ben Gamel, but none of the three to reach base via hit ever ad­vanced.

Sale (13-4) has struck out at least nine bat­ters in each of his 12 road starts this sea­son, the longest streak dat­ing to 1913. He has won five of his last six de­ci­sions and be­came the first pitcher in the AL with 13 wins. In two starts on the road, he al­lowed seven to­tal hits in 13 in­nings and struck out 20.

The only way Sale could be over­shad­owed would be if the Red Sox’s top prospect, Dev­ers, did some­thing spe­cial. Which he did, lead­ing off the third in­ning by send­ing a 2-1 fast­ball from starter An­drew Moore out to cen­tre field for his first hit in the ma­jors.

At 20 years and 275 days old, Dev­ers was the youngest Red Sox player to homer since Tony Conigliaro in Septem­ber 1965. He added a sin­gle in the sev­enth in­ning.

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