ACE SALE STRIKES OUT 13 RAYS AS RED SOX WIN THEIR SEV­ENTH STRAIGHT

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FLA.» Chris Sale al­lowed

ST. PETERS­BURG, two hits in eight in­nings and struck out 13, and the Red Sox beat the Rays 2-0 on Tues­day for their sev­enth straight vic­tory.

Sale (14-4) reached dou­ble dig­its in strike­outs for the 15th time this sea­son, the first time that has been done since Randy Johnson in 2002.

The win pushed Bos­ton’s AL East lead over the Yan­kees to four games.

Dustin Pe­droia, back in the Bos­ton lineup as a DH af­ter a stint on the dis­abled list with left knee in­flam­ma­tion, scored the first run on a fielder’s choice in the fourth. A bad throw by Austin Pruitt (6-3) pre­vented a pos­si­ble in­ning-ending dou­ble play on Rafael Dev­ers’ chop­per to the mound.

It was the only run al­lowed by Pruitt in his fourth ma­jor league start. He pitched 6L score­less in­nings in a win at Hous­ton last Wed­nes­day.

Sale gave up sin­gles to Wil­son Ramos in the fifth and Peter Bour­jos in the sixth. The Rays did not get a run­ner to sec­ond base un­til the sev­enth, when Sale fol­lowed a walk to Lo­gan Mor­ri­son with a wild pitch. It was his only walk.

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