Boston ace Sale Ks 11 in 4-0 win
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.