Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 1: Mookie Betts the hero, but Chris Sale was undoubtedly the star
|04.20.17 at 3:45 pm ET|
TORONTO — Mookie Betts came up biggest when it counted the most Thursday afternoon.
The Red Sox right fielder’s double into the left field corner with two outs and the bases loaded in the 10th inning allowed for John Farrell’s team to claim a 4-1 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
But, even after the game-winner, it was Chris Sale who everybody was buzzing about.
The Red Sox starter continued to offer a Pedro-esque appearance, this time needing just 102 pitches to go eight innings and not allow a single run. The lefty struck out 13, walked one and threw 80 of his pitches for strikes.
It wasn’t just a good performance. It was historic. Sale joined Nolan Ryan and Frank Tana as the only pitchers to go eight or more innings and allow no runs while striking out 13 or more and not get a win.
Through four starts, Sale’s ERA now stands at 0.91.
The only reason Sale didn’t come away with a win this time around was because of a lack of run support, and a decision to replace in the ninth inning that back-fired.
Back-to-back hits in the ninth by Mitch Moreland and Xander Bogaerts gave the Sox a short-lived 1-0 lead, as Kendrys Morales’ solo homer to lead off the home half of the ninth off Craig Kimbrel tied the game at one.
The Morales shot came on Kimbrel’s second pitch of the game, a 96 mph fastball. The Red Sox closer did come back and earn the win by completing his two innings, striking out the side in the 10th. (For the explanations and reaction regarding the move to replace Sale, click here.)
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