BEST OF THE DAY
Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 1
TORONTO — When his first pitch of the day was driven to the edge of the warning track, Chris Sale was concerned he might be in for a long afternoon. Turns out he had nothing to worry about.
Sale, right, struck out 13 over eight shutout innings, giving up only four singles, Mookie Betts hit a three-run double in the 10th and the Boston Red Sox beat the struggling Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.
“Powerful, a lot of strikes,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “All three pitches working. He had such good swing and miss to his fastball up and away.”
The former White Sox starter became the first Boston pitcher to strike out 12 or more in consecutive outings since Pedro Martinez did it in four straight starts in 2001.
The game was scoreless when Sale left the game after 102 pitches — 80 of them strikes. Boston took a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth on Mitch Moreland’s two-out double and Xander Bogaerts’ single, but Kendrys Morales homered against Craig Kimbrel (1-0) leading off the bottom half.
“We felt like it was time to turn to it over to a guy who was fresh and powerful,” Farrell said. “Unfortunately, the second pitch goes out of the ballpark.”
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