Chris Sale dom­i­nates, Red Sox beat Ori­oles


— Chris Sale took a two-hit­ter into the sev­enth in­ning be­fore be­ing ejected, and the Bos­ton Red Sox com­pleted a three-game sweep of the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles with a 5-1 vic­tory Wed­nes­day.

Af­ter is­su­ing two walks to open the sev­enth in a 5-0 game, Sale (6-4) was lifted by man­ager Alex Cora. As he was mak­ing his way to the dugout, the left-han­der yelled at plate um­pire Brian Knight and was promptly ejected.

Sale struck out nine, al­lowed one run and gave up two hits in end­ing a run of three straight los­ing starts. Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez home­red for the Red Sox, who are 9-1 against the Ori­oles this sea­son. Bal­ti­more has lost seven straight and 14 of 16. Betts, the ma­jor league leader in bat­ting av­er­age, came off the dis­abled list Mon­day af­ter miss­ing 14 games with an ab­dom­i­nal strain. He played Mon­day, was rested Tues­day and re­turned to the top of the lineup in the se­ries fi­nale. Betts hit a 3-2 pitch from Ye­fry Ramirez over the cen­ter-field wall in the third for his 18th home run. A three-run fifth made it 4-0, and Martinez hit his team-lead­ing 22nd in the sev­enth.

Ramirez (0-1) gave up three runs and four hits over 4 1/3 in­nings, strik­ing out six.

Braves 2, Mets 0

— Mike Soroka did not al­low a hit un­til the sev­enth in­ning, Freddie Free­man home­red and drove in both runs, and At­lanta beat New York.

Soroka, at 20 he youngest pitcher in the ma­jor leagues, re­turned from a right shoul­der strain that side­lined him since May 17 to out­pitch NL ERA leader Ja­cob de­Grom (4-2) in a game that lasted only 2 hours, 12 min­utes. The Mets have lost 10 of their past 11 and 17 of their past 21.

Mak­ing his fourth ca­reer start, Soroka (2-1) gave up one hit, one walk and struck out four in 6 1/3 in­nings. Free­man, the NL bat­ting leader, has hit safely in 23 of his past 24 games. He drove in the first run with a sin­gle in the fourth off de­Grom (4-2). He home­red off Jeremy Blevins in the eighth.

De­Grom (4-2) al­lowed seven hits and one run and struck out seven in seven in­nings.

Brew­ers 1, Cubs 0

— Lorenzo Cain home­red and Jhoulys Chacin com­bined with three re­liev­ers on a six-hit­ter to give Mil­wau­kee its sec­ond straight shutout of Chicago.

Chacin (6-1) al­lowed four hits in six in­nings, strik­ing out seven and walking four to win his sixth con­sec­u­tive de­ci­sion. Jeremy Jef­fress pitched the sev­enth, Josh Hader struck out the side in the eighth and Cory Knebel fin­ished with a per­fect ninth for his sixth save.

Mike Mont­gomery (2-2) al­lowed only two hits in six in­nings, both by Cain. He struck out four and walked one in his fourth start since re­plac­ing in­jured Yu Darvish in the ro­ta­tion. Cain drove a 3-1 pitch over the wall in left with one out in the third for his eighth homer. He also opened the first in­ning with a sin­gle. The Brew­ers im­proved to 3-8 this sea­son against the Cubs and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of sec­ond-place Chicago in the NL Cen­tral.

Pi­rates 5, Di­a­mond­backs 4

— Jordy Mercer home­red and had three RBIs, Jameson Tail­lon pitched seven ef­fec­tive in­nings and Pitts­burgh beat Ari­zona to avoid a sweep.

The Pi­rates blew a five-run lead in the opener and were knocked for 13 runs in the sec­ond game. Pitts­burgh ended Ari­zona’s sweep bid with a four-run sec­ond in­ning against Zack Greinke (5-5) and a ster­ling per­for­mance by Tail­lon (4-5).

Tail­lon gave up a two-run homer to David Per­alta in the first in­ning when the ball popped out of left fielder Austin Mead­ows’ glove and over the wall. Tail­lon worked out of a jam in the sec­ond in­ning and al­lowed two runs on six hits to help end Ari­zona’s five-game win­ning streak.

Felipe Vazquez gave up a two-run sin­gle to pinch-hit­ter Jon Jay in the ninth be­fore strik­ing out Jake Lamb with the bases loaded for his 12th save.

Mariners 8, An­gels 6

— Mitch Haniger hit a two-run home run in the ninth in­ning to give Seat­tle a sweep of the three-game se­ries with Los An­ge­les.

Af­ter Jean Se­gura sin­gled to cen­ter off re­liever Oliver Drake (0-1), Haniger launched his 16th homer of the sea­son over the left-field wall. Nel­son Cruz and Ryon Healy also home­red for Seat­tle, and Healy’s up­per-deck shot in the eighth in­ning tied it at 6-6.


Bos­ton Red Sox’s Xan­der Bo­gaerts, right, greets team­mate Mookie Betts af­ter Betts rounded the bases on a solo home run in the third in­ning of a base­ball game against the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles, in Bal­ti­more, Wed­nes­day.

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