SEATTLE — Chris Sale slammed the brakes on the Red Sox' longest losing streak of the season, tossing seven shutout innings while getting some rare power backing in a 4-0 win over the Seattle Mariners in the final game of the team's six-game West Coast road trip.
Sale (13-4) allowed just three hits and walked one while striking out 11, marking the 13th time this season he's record double-figure in strikeouts.
After a sacrifice fly from Mitch Moreland accounted for Boston's first run in the second, Rafael Devers led off the third with a solo homer to center for his first major league hit. He later added a single in the seventh. Sandy Leon provided some insurance with a two-run homer in the fourth.
- The Sox take a 1-0 lead in the top of the second as a sacrifice fly to LF by Mitch Moreland scores Hanley Ramirez from third. But Ramirez appeared to jam his left ankle as he slid into home. The trainers came out to take a look. This will bear watching.
- Rafael Devers made sure his first major league hit was memorable, belting a solo homer to straightaway CF to lead off the third inning and double the Red Sox' lead to 2-0. Devers is the youngest Red Sox player to homer since Tony Conigliaro, back in September of 1965.
- Devers is also the first Red Sox player to homer for his first major league hit since Daniel Nava hit a grand slam in his first major league plate appearance on June 12, 2010 against PHI.
- A two-run homer by Sandy Leon has doubled the Red Sox' lead again. It's also the first homer with a man on base for the Red Sox since the last homestand when Dustin Pedroia did so against Toronto. The Sox have hit 102 homers this year, but 58 have been solo shots.
- One thing the Red Sox have done in this series is eliminate Nelson Cruz. The Seattle DH is 0-for-12 with a walk and seven strikeouts, including five strikeouts (!) in the 13-inning game Tuesday night.
- It would appear that will be it for Sale, who was his dominant self: 7 IP; 3 H; 0 R; 1 BB; 11 K. That's the 13th time in 21 starts that Sale has reached double figures in strikeouts this season. Beyond the strikeouts, he's also gone seven innings or more 16 times in those 21 starts.
GAME NO. 102
WHO: Red Sox (55-47) vs. Seattle Mariners (51-51)
WHEN: 12:40 PT; 3:40 ET
WHERE: Safeco Field
RADIO: WEEI (93.7 FM)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Chris Sale (12-4, 2.48) vs. RHP Andrew Moore (1-2, 5.70).
SEASON SERIES: Seattle 3-2. The Sox two-of-three in a May Fenway series, but the Mariners have won the first two here.
WHERE THEY’RE AT: Following a crushing 13-inning loss Tuesday night, the Red Sox are in the midst of their longest losing streak (four straight losses) this season. They need a win Wednesday to avoid a disastrous road trip in which little has gone right since the first game. Seattle, battling to remain in the wild-card race, has won the first two games of the series and sits at .500 with an opportunity to go for the sweep.
WHAT TO WATCH: The Red Sox again turn their lonely eyes to Sale, who got the road trip off to a promising start with six shutout innings on Friday night in Anaheim. Sale has lost just twice in his last 15 starts. The lineup is a little different behind him, with Mookie Betts getting a rare day off, replaced in right with Brock Holt. For the Mariners, Robinson Cano is being given a day off by manager Scott Servais. Cano probably doesn’t mind missing Sale.
- Mookie Betts is getting a rare day off. Until Wednesday, he had started the last 98 games, the most by any Red Sox player since Mo Vaughn started 153 in a row in 1997-98. Betts looks like he can use the rest, as he's just 4-for-21 on the trip to date. Brock Holt is in his spot in the order (leadoff) and field (right).
- RHP Blaine Boyer has been activated after a short DL stint with elbow soreness. To make room, the Red Sox placed Ben Taylor on the DL with a left intercostal strain, backdated to Sunday.