Sale gets 1st win with Red Sox; Moreland homers in 2-1 win

BOSTON (AP) Chris Sale doesn't seem to care if each of his starts are low scoring.

He was dominant with 12 strikeouts over seven innings for his first victory with Boston, Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Saturday.

Sale (1-1) allowed one run on three hits with three walks, striking out seven of the last nine batters he faced. He's given up just three runs in 21 2/3 innings so far with the Red Sox.

''That's how you like it, man,'' he said. ''I like that. I like being in those ones that I can be that guy that can get a `W' in those games. If they've all got to be like that, so be it. I look forward to the challenge.''

Boston acquired the 6-foot-6 left-hander from the White Sox for four prospects during the offseason. The Red Sox had lost five of eight. The Rays dropped their fourth in five games.

Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi left his start after throwing one pitch in the second inning with left hamstring tightness. The Rays used four relievers.

''Outstanding effort by everybody that pitched after O,'' manager Kevin Cash said. ''They were asked to do some things that we normally wouldn't ask of them.''

In each of Sale's three starts the Red Sox have done very little offensively, collecting only three total runs.

But they got just enough on Saturday.

''Chris Sale: dominant, strong, any adjective you want to attach to it,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''He's got three power pitches for a lot of swing and miss, and let's face it the three starts he's made for us he's not had any margin of error.''

Sandy Leon's broken-bat, bases-loaded ground out pushed across the tiebreaking run in the seventh. They loaded the bases on two singles and a walk against Tommy Hunter (0-1).

Matt Barnes worked a hitless eighth despite two walks, and Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his fourth save.

Erasmo Ramirez relived Odorizzi and Moreland belted his first pitch deep into the right-field seats, making it 1-0.

''The only mistake was the first pitch,'' Ramirez said. ''I expected he was going to swing at the first one.''

Longoria's RBI single tied it in the third before Sale escaped a bases-loaded jam by striking out Derek Norris with a sharp slider in the dirt.

Sale breezed through the first inning, throwing only 11 pitches to retire the side in order, but the strikeouts and some long at-bats added to his 111-pitch total.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Odorizzi bent down in apparent pain after the pitch and threw two warmup pitches in front of manager Cash and a trainer before walking off slowly. ''He'll be on the DL,'' Cash said. ''He's fine. We anticipate this will be a short stay.''

Red Sox: Lefty ace David Price, out since early spring training with a strained left elbow, threw a bullpen session. He said he hopes to face hitters next week ''depending how I feel tomorrow.'' He also said: ''I haven't had any setbacks yet'' in discussing his progress from the injury. . CF Jackie Bradley Jr., on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right knee, took BP on the field.

REMEMBERING

There was a moment of reflection before the game, marking the fourth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Two bombs went off near the finish line a little less than an hour after the Red Sox had beat the Rays, also on Jackie Robinson Day.

The explosions were about a mile away and could be heard at Fenway Park.

''Today also has a great significance in Boston of what happened four years ago today,'' Farrell said.

NICE LEATHER

The Rays made a handful of solid plays in the field. Third baseman Longoria made a diving play on a grounder and RF Steven Souza Jr. a diving catch for two of the better ones.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Alex Cobb (1-1, 3.46 ERA) is scheduled to start Sunday. He went 7 1/3 innings in his last outing, the longest since he returned from Tommy John surgery last September.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-0, 1.50) is in line to make his second start of the season. He went six innings, allowing one run in his debut on Tuesday.

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  • W: C. Sale (1-1)L: T. Hunter (0-1)S: C. Kimbrel (4)
  • HR: BOS - M. Moreland (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Souza RF30100120.326.431.558.9901.0
P. Bourjos LF30000022.154.267.385.651-1.0
a- C. Dickerson PH-LF00000100.317.378.561.9391.0
E. Longoria 3B40110012.227.327.409.7361.5
R. Weeks DH30000130.214.313.500.813-0.5
D. Norris C30000013.156.200.156.356-0.5
b- S. Peterson PH10000010.333.333.8331.167-0.5
L. Morrison 1B40100000.325.341.575.9161.0
D. Robertson 2B-SS20000111.211.286.211.4960.5
K. Kiermaier CF21000111.200.308.267.5741.5
T. Beckham SS20000021.156.182.188.369-1.0
c- B. Miller PH-2B10000010.200.319.350.669-0.5
  • a-walked for Bourjos in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Norris in the 9th
  • c-struck out for Beckham in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Pedroia 2B30100111.302.354.326.6801.5
A. Benintendi CF40000014.238.340.333.673-0.5
M. Betts RF40000001.250.333.281.6150.0
H. Ramirez DH40000001.241.313.310.6230.0
M. Moreland 1B42311010.333.417.6191.0369.5
X. Bogaerts SS30100001.393.433.393.8261.0
P. Sandoval 3B30000002.132.190.316.5060.0
C. Young LF20100110.265.359.324.6831.5
S. Leon C30010003.267.267.433.7001.0
    BATTING
    • RBI - E. Longoria (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Longoria (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Moreland (9)
    • HR - M. Moreland
    • RBI - M. Moreland (2), S. Leon (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Odorizzi1.01000004.151.002.0
    E. Ramirez4.03110213.720.759.0
    T. Hunter (L, 0-1)1.12111101.692.25-5.5
    X. Cedeno0.20001005.401.50-1.0
    J. Diaz1.00000102.840.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Odorizzi1.0
    E. Ramirez4.0
    T. Hunter (L, 0-1)1.1
    X. Cedeno0.2
    J. Diaz1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale (W, 1-1)7.031131201.250.8630.0
    M. Barnes (H, 2)1.00002100.002.001.5
    C. Kimbrel (S, 4)1.00000201.800.0011.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale (W, 1-1)7.0
    M. Barnes (H, 2)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 4)1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - X. Cedeno
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 18-11, E. Ramirez 46-33, T. Hunter 32-21, X. Cedeno 2-2, J. Diaz 18-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Ramirez 5-5, T. Hunter 3-0, X. Cedeno 2-0, J. Diaz 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 4, E. Ramirez 15, T. Hunter 7, X. Cedeno 3, J. Diaz 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 111-69, M. Barnes 19-7, C. Kimbrel 13-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 3-5, M. Barnes 1-0, C. Kimbrel 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 26, M. Barnes 4, C. Kimbrel 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Souza RF30100120.326.431.558.9901.0
    P. Bourjos LF30000022.154.267.385.651-1.0
    a- C. Dickerson PH-LF00000100.317.378.561.9391.0
    E. Longoria 3B40110012.227.327.409.7361.5
    R. Weeks DH30000130.214.313.500.813-0.5
    D. Norris C30000013.156.200.156.356-0.5
    b- S. Peterson PH10000010.333.333.8331.167-0.5
    L. Morrison 1B40100000.325.341.575.9161.0
    D. Robertson 2B-SS20000111.211.286.211.4960.5
    K. Kiermaier CF21000111.200.308.267.5741.5
    T. Beckham SS20000021.156.182.188.369-1.0
    c- B. Miller PH-2B10000010.200.319.350.669-0.5
    Total28131051510-----
    • a-walked for Bourjos in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Norris in the 9th
    • c-struck out for Beckham in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Pedroia 2B30100111.302.354.326.6801.5
    A. Benintendi CF40000014.238.340.333.673-0.5
    M. Betts RF40000001.250.333.281.6150.0
    H. Ramirez DH40000001.241.313.310.6230.0
    M. Moreland 1B42311010.333.417.6191.0369.5
    X. Bogaerts SS30100001.393.433.393.8261.0
    P. Sandoval 3B30000002.132.190.316.5060.0
    C. Young LF20100110.265.359.324.6831.5
    S. Leon C30010003.267.267.433.7001.0
    Total3026212413-----
      BATTING
      • RBI - E. Longoria (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Longoria (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moreland (9)
      • HR - M. Moreland
      • RBI - M. Moreland (2), S. Leon (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi1.01000004.151.002.0
      E. Ramirez4.03110213.720.759.0
      T. Hunter (L, 0-1)1.12111101.692.25-5.5
      X. Cedeno0.20001005.401.50-1.0
      J. Diaz1.00000102.840.003.5
      Total8.0622241---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi1.0
      E. Ramirez4.0
      T. Hunter (L, 0-1)1.1
      X. Cedeno0.2
      J. Diaz1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 1-1)7.031131201.250.8630.0
      M. Barnes (H, 2)1.00002100.002.001.5
      C. Kimbrel (S, 4)1.00000201.800.0011.0
      Total9.03115150---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 1-1)7.0
      M. Barnes (H, 2)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 4)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - X. Cedeno
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 18-11, E. Ramirez 46-33, T. Hunter 32-21, X. Cedeno 2-2, J. Diaz 18-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Ramirez 5-5, T. Hunter 3-0, X. Cedeno 2-0, J. Diaz 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 4, E. Ramirez 15, T. Hunter 7, X. Cedeno 3, J. Diaz 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 111-69, M. Barnes 19-7, C. Kimbrel 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 3-5, M. Barnes 1-0, C. Kimbrel 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 26, M. Barnes 4, C. Kimbrel 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Leon grounded out to second, Moreland scored, Sandoval to third, Young to second12
      • 3RD INNING
        Longoria singled to left center, Kiermaier scored, Souza to third11
      • 2ND INNING
        Moreland homered to right01
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Kimbrel Pitching:
        • R. Weeks: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
        • S. Peterson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Peterson struck out looking
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Foul, Morrison grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Barnes Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
        • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Souza walked
        • C. Dickerson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dickerson walked, Souza to second
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria grounded into double play second to third to first, Dickerson out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Diaz Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts grounded out to third
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ramirez lined out to right
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Morrison lined out to first
        • D. Robertson: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Hunter Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moreland singled to center
        • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Bogaerts singled to right, Moreland to second
        • P. Sandoval: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Sandoval reached on fielder's choice to first, Moreland to third, Bogaerts out at second
        • C. Young: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Young walked, Sandoval to second
        • S. Leon: Leon grounded out to second, Moreland scored, Sandoval to third, Young to second
        • D. Pedroia: Pedroia intentionally walked
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
        • R. Weeks: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Weeks struck out looking
        • D. Norris: Strike looking, Norris grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Hunter Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to shortstop
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
        • S. Souza: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Souza struck out looking
        • P. Bourjos: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Ramirez Pitching:
        • P. Sandoval: Ball, Sandoval lined out to right
        • C. Young: Young reached on an infield single to third
        • S. Leon: Leon grounded out to second, Young to second
        • D. Pedroia: Foul, Strike looking, Pedroia grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Morrison grounded out to second
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Robertson walked
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier lined into double play pitcher to first, Robertson out at first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Ramirez Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Betts grounded out to pitcher
        • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez flied out to right
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Moreland doubled to deep left
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Kiermaier walked
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • S. Souza: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Souza singled to left, Kiermaier to second
        • P. Bourjos: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Longoria singled to left center, Kiermaier scored, Souza to third
        • R. Weeks: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Weeks walked, Longoria to second
        • D. Norris: Pickoff attempt to third, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Norris struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Ramirez Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Ball, Leon lined out to right
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pedroia struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • R. Weeks: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Weeks struck out looking
        • D. Norris: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Norris flied out to center
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Morrison singled to right center
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Robertson grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland homered to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts flied out to left
        • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sandoval flied out to deep center
        • C. Young: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Souza struck out looking
        • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bourjos flied out to right
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Longoria popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia singled to left
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi lined out to left
        • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Betts lined out to center
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez flied out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)