Sale dom­i­nant be­fore ejec­tion

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - Sports -

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,” Bal­ti­more 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 at­bats 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.

Bal­ti­more got its lone run in the sev­enth, when Jace Peter­son hit a sac­ri­fice fly soon af­ter Sale de­parted.

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