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San Francisco Chronicle - - BASEBALL -

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.”

Fred Thorn­hill / Associated Press

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