Red Sox snap Fen­way los­ing streak, beat Blue Jays

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - Jimmy GOLEN

BOSTON — That was a re­lief.

And not a bad start, ei­ther.

Chris Sale and two re­liev­ers com­bined on a two-hit­ter, and the Boston Red Sox left­hander struck out 12 in six in­nings to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 on Thurs­day and earn his first reg­u­lar-sea­son win at Fen­way Park in more than a year.

Sale (4-9) gave up both hits and walked two to earn his first vic­tory any­where in a month and his first at home since July 11, 2018 – a span of 14 starts.

“It’s good to see him win a game here, win a game at home – for what­ever that means,” Red Sox man­ager Alex Cora said.

“But the way he did it is the most sat­is­fy­ing thing.”

It was Sale’s 11th game this sea­son with 10 or more strike­outs.

The seven-time All-Star, who had al­lowed five runs in three straight starts for the first time in his ca­reer, had a 7.89 ERA in three pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ances against Toronto this sea­son.

“I’m ob­vi­ously com­ing off three of the worst starts of my ca­reer,” said Sale, who had a dozen team­mates watch his bullpen ses­sion on Tues­day, whether to help spot a flaw in his me­chan­ics or just to show their sup­port. “Good, bad or in­dif­fer­ent, I’m not out on an is­land.”

Mar­cus Walden pitched two hit­less in­nings for the Red Sox and Dar­win­zon Her­nan­dez struck out two in a per­fect ninth to end it.

Rafael Dev­ers hit a three-run homer off Thomas Pan­none (2-4), who matched Sale into the fifth in­ning be­fore giv­ing up Sam Travis’ dou­ble and Sandy Leon’s RBI sin­gle. Af­ter Mookie Betts walked, Dev­ers hit the first pitch out to right-cen­tre to make it 4-0 and chase Pan­none.

“You could tell early on that Chris Sale was on, and so there was no room for er­ror,” Blue Jays man­ager Char­lie Mon­toyo said.

“(Pan­none) gave us a chance.” Betts, who also hit a solo homer in the sev­enth, scored a run for the 13th con­sec­u­tive game, ty­ing Ted Wil­liams’ fran­chise record.

Dev­ers de­liv­ers

Dev­ers has seven homers and 23 RBIs in 13 games this month, and he is bat­ting .397 in July.

He has 28 RBIs against the Blue Jays in 2019, the most ever for a player against Toronto in one sea­son (with three games left).

It is the most for any player against a sin­gle op­po­nent since Gary Sh­effield drove in 28 runs against the Ori­oles in 2005.

“When­ever he’s at the plate, you feel like some­thing great is go­ing to hap­pen,” Sale said. “That was a big swing for us.”


Toronto Blue Jays start­ing pitcher Thomas Pan­none pitches dur­ing the first in­ning of a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fen­way Park in Boston on Thurs­day.

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