BALTIMORE -- Chris Sale became the first American League pitcher this century – and the second in Red Sox history – to record 300 strikeouts in a single season, tossing eight shutout innings in the process, as the Red Sox blanked the Baltimore Orioles, 9-0.
Sale was at 99 pitches after seven innings with 12 strikeouts, leaving him at 299. But he returned for the eighth, and after two groundouts, slipped a called third strike past . Sale, 17-7, left the mound to a standing ovation.
Pedro Martinez is the only other Red Sox pitcher in history to record 300 or more strikeouts in a season. He had a club record 313 in 1999.
The Red Sox got two-run homers from Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero. Hanley Ramirez, back in the starting lineup after missing a handful of games with shoulder/biceps woes, had a two-run double and added a run-scoring single for three RBI.
Dustin Pedroia snapped an 0-for-18 drought at the plate with an opposite-field two-run double in the eighth.
The Sox rocked former teammate Wade Miley for six runs in 4.1 innings.
The win was Boston’s third straight and sixth in their last seven games.
GAME NO.: 152 WHO: Red Sox (87-64) vs Baltimore Orioles (73-79) WHEN: 7:05 p.m. WHERE: Oriole Park at Camden Yards RADIO: WEEI (93.7 FM) TV: NESN/ESPN PITCHERS: Chris Sale (16-7, 2.86) vs. Wade Miley (8-13, 5.32) BOX SCORE: MLB Gameday