Sale dom­i­nant be­fore get­ting ejected

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BAL­TI­MORE — Chris Sale was headed out of the game any­way, so it didn’t mat­ter if he re­ceived an ejec­tion on his way to the dugout.

The im­por­tant thing was that Sale was dom­i­nant through six in­nings, and the Bos­ton Red Sox rode his per­for­mance to a 5-1 vic­tory over the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles on Wed­nes­day for a three-game sweep.

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 home plate um­pire Brian Knight and was promptly ejected .

“There are go­ing to be points in the sea­son, points in the game where stuff hap­pens,” Sale said. “No one’s per­fect. Ob­vi­ously I lost my cool a lit­tle bit. That’s go­ing to hap­pen, too.”

It was the sec­ond career ejec­tion for Sale, the other com­ing in April 2015 when he was with the White Sox.

“I like com­pet­ing. When I feel like I’m get­ting some­thing taken away from me, I get emo­tional,” Sale said. “At the end of the day, hey, we’re hu­man, stuff is go­ing to hap­pen.”

Sale struck out nine, al­lowed one run and gave up two hits in end­ing a run of three straight los­ing starts.

Bal­ti­more has lost seven straight and 14 of 16. The last time the Ori­oles scored more than five runs in a game was May 24, and it sure wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen

against Sale.

“It’s a bad com­bi­na­tion, we’re not swing­ing the bat well and fac­ing as good a pitcher as him,” man­ager Buck Showal­ter con­ceded.

Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez home­red for the Red Sox, who are 9-1 against the Ori­oles this sea­son.

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 .

“The qual­ity of his at-bats are in­cred­i­ble for not play­ing, what, two weeks?” Cora said. “I mean, the guy’s tal­ented.”

A three-run fifth made it 4-0, and Martinez hit his team-lead­ing 22nd homer in the sev­enth.

Af­ter plac­ing An­drew Cash­ner (back) on the dis­abled list Tues­day, the Ori­oles re­called Ramirez from Triple-A Nor­folk to make his ma­jor league debut. The 24-year-old left with the score 1-0 in the fifth, but Mike Wright al­lowed both in­her­ited run­ners to score.

Ramirez had no com­plaints.

“I felt awe­some, ex­cited, happy to be here,” he said. “It’s been an op­por­tu­nity that I’ve been wait­ing for 12 years. Now, it’s fi­nally here.”


RED SOX: Cora said LHP Drew Pomer­anz’s neck is sore and that the club would not plan for his re­turn un­til af­ter a week­end se­ries in Seat­tle. Pomer­anz orig­i­nally went on the DL on June 5 with bi­ceps ten­dini­tis. … 2B Dustin Pe­droia (left knee) has been do­ing some weight lift­ing but is stay­ing away from base­ball ac­tiv­i­ties for now, Cora said.

Pa­trick Semansky / As­so­ci­ated Press

The Bos­ton Red Sox’s Mookie Betts hits a solo home run in the third in­ning against the Ori­oles on Wed­nes­day.


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