Sale helps Red Sox win 9th straight, 4-2 over Texas

BOSTON (AP) Chris Sale came off the mound, yelling something into his glove that wasn't fit for his mother's ears.

It wasn't another strikeout that got him fired up, though he had 12 of those on Wednesday night. It was a comebacker that he stabbed out of the air to start an inning-ending double play.

''Sometimes, the ball catches you,'' he said after leading the Red Sox to their ninth straight win, a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers. ''Anybody out there would be fired up.''

Sale pitched seven innings of shutout ball in his final start before the All-Star Game, and major league batting leader Mookie Betts had two hits for Boston. J.D. Martinez had a pair of RBIs to pad his major league-leading total of 79 as the Red Sox improved to 36 games above .500 for the first time since Bucky Dent homered over the Green Monster in a one-game playoff to settle the 1978 AL East title.

''We don't care where we're at or who we're facing,'' said Sale (10-4), who allowed six hits and walked one to win his fifth straight decision. ''We come to win games, and that's all you can expect.''

Bartolo Colon (5-7) allowed four runs - three earned - on nine hits and two walks, striking out three in six innings. Elvis Andrus had three hits for the Rangers, who struck out 18 times to lose for the fifth time in six games.

Andrus doubled to lead off the sixth, and then Nomar Mazara singled before Sale struck out Adrian Beltre. Rougned Odor hit a hard chopper back up the middle that Sale snagged, throwing to second to start the double play.

He walked off the mound shouting into his glove. Asked what he was yelling, he said, ''My mom watches this. I can't say that.''

Xander Bogaerts had three hits for the Red Sox, who have won 14 of 16 games. It's the second nine-game winning streak for the Red Sox this season; they also won nine straight after losing on opening day.

CLOSING TIME

The Red Sox took a 4-0 lead into the eighth before Texas scored one off Heath Hembree and loaded the bases; Craig Kimbrel walked in a second run but then struck out Joey Gallo to end the inning.

He struck out the side in the ninth for his 28th save, and his 19th in a row.

''Good pitches there to Gallo,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. ''And then he came back and dominated.''

DANGER ZONE

The Rangers had difficulty with three different popups in shallow center field.

In the second, Eduardo Nunez reached on an error by second baseman Rougned Odor that scored Bogaerts to make it 1-0. After Martinez already drove in a pair of runs with a fifth-inning double, Bogaerts lofted one to left-center that caused a collision between left fielder Gallo and center fielder Delino Deshields, resulting in an RBI triple.

Nunez blooped another one into center in the sixth that Deshields dove for. Nunez was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.

''The challenge is when the ball isn't in the air long enough to make the catch,'' Rangers manager Jef Banister said.

NO BENNY

Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi finished second in the voting for the final spot on the AL All-Star roster, losing out to Seattle shortstop Jean Segura. Benintendi had two hits on Wednesday for his sixth straight multi-hit game. He also scored for the sixth game in a row but failed to double, ending a streak of five straight games.

FOR SALE

Sale made his 200th career start. ... It was the 11th time in his 20 starts this season he gave up one run or none. ... It was his ninth game this season with at least 10 strikeouts and his fifth straight with at least 11 strikeouts and no more than one walk.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Deshields left the game after diving for Nunez's bloop in the sixth inning. He was evaluated for neck and shoulder problems. Later the same inning, Odor talked to the training staff after stretching awkwardly to hold the bag on a force at second.

''He's being evaluated; back, upper-neck area,'' Banister said after the game. ''I just took him out to be evaluated.''

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia was scheduled to return home to Arizona to continue his rehab from left knee surgery.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Off Thursday, visit Baltimore on Friday, when LHP Cole Hamels (5-6) faces RHP Alex Cobb (2-11).

Red Sox: Host Toronto on Thursday, with David Price (9-6) facing a Blue Jays pitcher TBA.

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  • W: C. Sale (10-4)L: B. Colon (5-7)S: C. Kimbrel (28)
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N. Mazara RF41210011.270.332.449.7813.5
A. Beltre DH40100024.288.349.401.7500.0
R. Odor 2B40100012.242.319.386.7041.5
J. Profar 3B30100101.248.330.440.7712.0
R. Chirinos C20110211.206.318.422.7403.5
J. Gallo LF40000046.186.295.441.736-2.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF31200101.350.439.6751.1144.0
    A. Benintendi LF41200010.301.384.523.9072.5
    J. Martinez DH41120022.330.393.6491.0424.0
    M. Moreland 1B30000122.282.354.510.8640.0
    X. Bogaerts SS41310002.283.355.526.8807.0
    B. Holt 2B40000003.288.366.388.7540.0
    E. Nunez 3B40200000.259.289.372.6612.0
    S. Leon C40100012.252.292.385.6770.5
    J. Bradley CF30000002.202.292.333.6250.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Andrus 2 (8), R. Odor (12)
      • RBI - N. Mazara (57), R. Chirinos (37)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Chirinos (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Martinez (22)
      • 3B - X. Bogaerts (2)
      • RBI - J. Martinez 2 (79), X. Bogaerts (57)
      • 2-Out RBI - X. Bogaerts (21)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Andrus
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - N. Mazara (7)
      • DP - 2 (Andrus-Odor-Rua; Odor-Andrus-Guzman)
      • E - B. Colon (3), R. Odor (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Sale-Bogaerts-Moreland)
      • PB - S. Leon (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Colon (L, 5-7)6.09432304.641.213.5
      J. Diekman1.00000303.341.454.5
      J. Chavez1.02000003.621.211.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Colon (L, 5-7)6.0
      J. Diekman1.0
      J. Chavez1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 10-4)7.060011202.230.9030.0
      H. Hembree0.23221203.961.29-5.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 28)1.10001401.910.9011.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 10-4)7.0
      H. Hembree0.2
      C. Kimbrel (S, 28)1.1
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Colon 96-56, J. Diekman 12-9, J. Chavez 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Colon 8-6, J. Chavez 2-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Colon 28, J. Diekman 3, J. Chavez 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - H. Hembree (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 110-80, H. Hembree 25-17, C. Kimbrel 23-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-3
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 27, H. Hembree 6, C. Kimbrel 5
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      R. Guzman 1B20000020.257.329.438.767-1.0
      E. Andrus SS51300010.259.320.374.6947.5
      N. Mazara RF41210011.270.332.449.7813.5
      A. Beltre DH40100024.288.349.401.7500.0
      R. Odor 2B40100012.242.319.386.7041.5
      J. Profar 3B30100101.248.330.440.7712.0
      R. Chirinos C20110211.206.318.422.7403.5
      J. Gallo LF40000046.186.295.441.736-2.0
      R. Rua 1B-CF40000042.182.216.327.543-2.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF31200101.350.439.6751.1144.0
        A. Benintendi LF41200010.301.384.523.9072.5
        J. Martinez DH41120022.330.393.6491.0424.0
        M. Moreland 1B30000122.282.354.510.8640.0
        X. Bogaerts SS41310002.283.355.526.8807.0
        B. Holt 2B40000003.288.366.388.7540.0
        E. Nunez 3B40200000.259.289.372.6612.0
        S. Leon C40100012.252.292.385.6770.5
        J. Bradley CF30000002.202.292.333.6250.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Andrus 2 (8), R. Odor (12)
          • RBI - N. Mazara (57), R. Chirinos (37)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Chirinos (11)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Martinez (22)
          • 3B - X. Bogaerts (2)
          • RBI - J. Martinez 2 (79), X. Bogaerts (57)
          • 2-Out RBI - X. Bogaerts (21)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - E. Andrus
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - N. Mazara (7)
          • DP - 2 (Andrus-Odor-Rua; Odor-Andrus-Guzman)
          • E - B. Colon (3), R. Odor (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Sale-Bogaerts-Moreland)
          • PB - S. Leon (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Colon (L, 5-7)6.09432304.641.213.5
          J. Diekman1.00000303.341.454.5
          J. Chavez1.02000003.621.211.0
          Total8.01143260---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Colon (L, 5-7)6.0
          J. Diekman1.0
          J. Chavez1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sale (W, 10-4)7.060011202.230.9030.0
          H. Hembree0.23221203.961.29-5.0
          C. Kimbrel (S, 28)1.10001401.910.9011.0
          Total9.09223180---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sale (W, 10-4)7.0
          H. Hembree0.2
          C. Kimbrel (S, 28)1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Colon 96-56, J. Diekman 12-9, J. Chavez 10-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Colon 8-6, J. Chavez 2-0
          • Batters Faced - B. Colon 28, J. Diekman 3, J. Chavez 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - H. Hembree (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 110-80, H. Hembree 25-17, C. Kimbrel 23-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-3
          • Batters Faced - C. Sale 27, H. Hembree 6, C. Kimbrel 5
          • 8TH INNING
            Chirinos walked, Mazara scored, Odor to third, Profar to second24
            Mazara singled to shallow right center, Andrus scored14
          • 5TH INNING
            Bogaerts tripled to left center, Martinez scored04
            Martinez doubled to left, Betts and Benintendi scored03
          • 2ND INNING
            Nunez safe at first on 2nd baseman Odor fielding error, Bogaerts scored, Nunez to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Kimbrel Pitching:
            • R. Rua: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rua struck out looking
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Heath Hembree relieved Chris Sale
            • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Andrus reached on an infield single to first
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike swinging, Andrus stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andrus to third on wild pitch, Mazara singled to shallow right center, Andrus scored
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Beltre struck out on foul tip
            • R. Odor: Odor doubled to right, Mazara to third
            • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Profar walked
            • Craig Kimbrel relieved Heath Hembree
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked, Mazara scored, Odor to third, Profar to second
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jesse Chavez relieved Jake Diekman
            • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Ball, Bogaerts singled to deep left
            • B. Holt: Holt grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bogaerts out at second
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Nunez singled to center
            • S. Leon: Foul, Strike looking, Leon grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Profar reached on an infield single to third
            • R. Chirinos: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • R. Rua: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Profar to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jake Diekman relieved Bartolo Colon
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus doubled to deep left
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Mazara reached on an infield single to shortstop, Andrus to third
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Odor grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Mazara out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez singled to center, Nunez out at second
            • Ronald Guzman at first base
            • S. Leon: Leon singled to right
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley flied out to deep center
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Leon out at second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • R. Rua: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Rua struck out looking
            • D. DeShields: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Bradley lined out to right
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts singled to left
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi singled to left, Betts to second
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez doubled to left, Betts and Benintendi scored
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts tripled to left center, Martinez scored
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Holt fouled out to third
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mazara grounded out to second
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Beltre singled to deep left
            • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
            • J. Profar: Profar grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Beltre out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Holt grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • R. Rua: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, DeShields fouled out to first
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Andrus flied out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi singled to left, Betts to second
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Betts to third, Benintendi out at second
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Odor flied out to deep left
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Profar grounded out to first
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Chirinos singled to left
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts singled to left center
            • B. Holt: Ball, Bogaerts to second on Colon fielding error, Ball, Strike swinging, Holt grounded out to second, Bogaerts to third
            • E. Nunez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nunez safe at first on 2nd baseman Odor fielding error, Bogaerts scored, Nunez to second
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Foul, Leon popped out to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, DeShields struck out looking
            • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Andrus doubled to right
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Beltre grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts singled to left
            • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Benintendi grounded out to pitcher, Betts to second
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland flied out to deep center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)