Sale's 13 Ks, Betts' 2B in 10th lead Red Sox over Jays 4-1

TORONTO (AP) When his first pitch of the day was driven to the edge of the warning track, Chris Sale was concerned he might be in for a long afternoon.

Turns out he had nothing to worry about.

Sale struck out 13 over eight shutout innings, Mookie Betts hit a three-run double in the 10th and Boston beat the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Thursday.

''Powerful, a lot of strikes,'' Boston manager John Farrell said. ''All three pitches working. He had such good swing and miss to his fastball up and away.''

At 3-12, Toronto is off to the worst start in team history and has lost its first five series for the first time.

''You look at the names on the back here and it's like `How is this happening?''' Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada said.

Sandy Leon drew a one-out walk from Jason Grilli (0-2) in the 10th, and Brock Holt singled to stop an 0-for-12 slide. Andrew Benintendi walked with two outs, and Betts, who was 0 for 3, pulled a 2-0 fastball down the left-field line.

''I was just trying to put a good swing on a good pitch,'' Betts said. ''I did have a rough day but it can come down to one at-bat.''

Grilli, who helped Toronto reach the AL Championship Series last season, found it difficult to describe his team's early struggles.

''Losing only makes you appreciate winning,'' he said.

Mitch Moreland hit a two-out double in the ninth off Roberto Osuna and scored on Xander Bogaerts' single, but Kendrys Morales homered against Craig Kimbrel (1-0) leading off the bottom half, the eighth time Morales has tied a game or given his team a lead with a homer from the ninth inning on.

Farrell called it a tough decision to take Sale out.

''We felt like it was time to turn to it over to a guy who was fresh and powerful,'' Farrell said. ''Unfortunately, the second pitch goes out of the ballpark.''

Acquired from the Chicago White Sox during the offseason, Sale become the first Boston pitcher to strike out 12 or more in consecutive outings since Pedro Martinez did it in four straight starts in 2001.

''It's impressive, man,'' Dustin Pedroia said. ''He's just attacking the zone, overpowering guys with all of his pitches.

Sale allowed four hits, all singles, and walked one. Throwing 80 of 102 pitches for strikes, Sale lowered his ERA to 0.91. Yet, he is 1-1 because he has received just four runs of support over four starts.

Estrada allowed three hits, all singles, in six innings.

SWING AND A MISS

Betts, who struck out Wednesday for the first time since Sept. 14, fanned in each of his first two at-bats against Marco Estrada - his first two-strikeout game since July 31 against the Los Angeles Angels.

NOT COOKING AT HOME

Toronto went 2-7 on its opening homestand, its worst start at home since 0-8 in 2004.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

Twenty of the past 22 meetings between Boston and Toronto have been decided by three runs or fewer.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP David Price has been dealing with soreness in his recovery from an injured left elbow, according to manager John Farrell. Price threw on flat ground for the second straight day Thursday. He is to throw a bullpen session in Baltimore on Friday.

Blue Jays: RHP Mat Latos and RHP Casey Lawrence will be promoted to start against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday and Saturday, manager John Gibbons said. They will start in place of RHP Aaron Sanchez (blister) and LHP J.A. Happ (elbow).

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-0, 5.23) starts the opener of the three-game series at Baltimore on Friday. He is 1-2 with a 4.97 ERA in five games against the Orioles. RHP Dylan Bundy (2-1, 1.86) starts for Baltimore.

Blue Jays: Latos was 0-0 with a 1.00 ERA in two starts at Triple-A. RHP Alex Meyer will make his season debut for the Angels.

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  • W: C. Kimbrel (1-0)L: J. Grilli (0-2)
  • HR: TOR - K. Morales (3)
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A. Benintendi CF41100121.317.397.429.8264.0
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H. Ramirez DH50000023.224.296.286.582-1.0
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X. Bogaerts SS40110010.333.373.354.7271.5
P. Sandoval 3B40100000.226.276.415.6911.0
S. Leon C30000101.225.244.350.5941.0
M. Hernandez PR01000000.231.259.269.5281.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Pillar CF40100012.339.361.475.8350.5
    J. Bautista RF40000043.109.242.145.388-2.0
    K. Morales DH41211000.232.317.429.7467.0
    J. Smoak 1B40100001.250.267.500.7671.0
    S. Pearce LF20000120.154.214.154.3680.0
    a- E. Carrera PH-LF10000010.267.267.400.667-0.5
    D. Barney 3B-SS40000032.333.364.333.6970.5
    J. Saltalamacchia C40000042.071.071.071.143-2.0
    D. Travis 2B40100020.104.173.104.2770.0
    R. Goins SS20000001.231.286.308.5930.0
    b- T. Tulowitzki PH10000000.259.281.389.6700.0
    C. Coghlan 3B10000010.167.143.167.310-0.5
    • a-struck out for Pearce in the 9th
    • b-grounded out for Goins in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (4), M. Moreland (11)
    • RBI - M. Betts 3 (8), X. Bogaerts (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts 3 (4), X. Bogaerts (2)
    BATTING
    • HR - K. Morales (3)
    • RBI - K. Morales (9)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Benintendi (2), M. Betts 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Barney
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Bautista (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale8.040011300.910.6328.5
    C. Kimbrel (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)2.01110512.000.5013.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale8.0
    C. Kimbrel (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Estrada6.03002702.630.8319.5
    J. Biagini1.00000000.750.003.0
    J. Smith1.00000202.570.004.0
    R. Osuna1.02110104.502.000.5
    J. Grilli (L, 0-2)0.22332007.116.00-12.0
    D. Barnes0.10000000.000.000.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Estrada6.0
    J. Biagini1.0
    J. Smith1.0
    R. Osuna1.0
    J. Grilli (L, 0-2)0.2
    D. Barnes0.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 102-80, C. Kimbrel 30-21
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 6-5
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 29, C. Kimbrel 7
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 106-74, J. Biagini 11-6, J. Smith 13-9, R. Osuna 19-13, J. Grilli 24-11, D. Barnes 3-1
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 3-8, J. Biagini 2-1, J. Smith 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 23, J. Biagini 3, J. Smith 3, R. Osuna 4, J. Grilli 6, D. Barnes
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Pedroia 2B40100103.254.318.271.5892.0
    A. Benintendi CF41100121.317.397.429.8264.0
    M. Betts RF40130123.340.407.472.8789.0
    H. Ramirez DH50000023.224.296.286.582-1.0
    M. Moreland 1B41100011.344.420.574.9942.5
    X. Bogaerts SS40110010.333.373.354.7271.5
    P. Sandoval 3B40100000.226.276.415.6911.0
    S. Leon C30000101.225.244.350.5941.0
    M. Hernandez PR01000000.231.259.269.5281.0
    C. Vazquez C0000-000.563.611.875.000-
    B. Holt LF41100021.133.316.133.4491.0
    Total36474041013-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      K. Pillar CF40100012.339.361.475.8350.5
      J. Bautista RF40000043.109.242.145.388-2.0
      K. Morales DH41211000.232.317.429.7467.0
      J. Smoak 1B40100001.250.267.500.7671.0
      S. Pearce LF20000120.154.214.154.3680.0
      a- E. Carrera PH-LF10000010.267.267.400.667-0.5
      D. Barney 3B-SS40000032.333.364.333.6970.5
      J. Saltalamacchia C40000042.071.071.071.143-2.0
      D. Travis 2B40100020.104.173.104.2770.0
      R. Goins SS20000001.231.286.308.5930.0
      b- T. Tulowitzki PH10000000.259.281.389.6700.0
      C. Coghlan 3B10000010.167.143.167.310-0.5
      Total35151111811-----
      • a-struck out for Pearce in the 9th
      • b-grounded out for Goins in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (4), M. Moreland (11)
      • RBI - M. Betts 3 (8), X. Bogaerts (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts 3 (4), X. Bogaerts (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - K. Morales (3)
      • RBI - K. Morales (9)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Benintendi (2), M. Betts 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Barney
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Bautista (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale8.040011300.910.6328.5
      C. Kimbrel (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)2.01110512.000.5013.5
      Total10.05111181---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale8.0
      C. Kimbrel (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)2.0
      Total10.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Estrada6.03002702.630.8319.5
      J. Biagini1.00000000.750.003.0
      J. Smith1.00000202.570.004.0
      R. Osuna1.02110104.502.000.5
      J. Grilli (L, 0-2)0.22332007.116.00-12.0
      D. Barnes0.10000000.000.000.0
      Total10.07444100---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Estrada6.0
      J. Biagini1.0
      J. Smith1.0
      R. Osuna1.0
      J. Grilli (L, 0-2)0.2
      D. Barnes0.1
      Total10.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 102-80, C. Kimbrel 30-21
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 6-5
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 29, C. Kimbrel 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 106-74, J. Biagini 11-6, J. Smith 13-9, R. Osuna 19-13, J. Grilli 24-11, D. Barnes 3-1
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 3-8, J. Biagini 2-1, J. Smith 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 23, J. Biagini 3, J. Smith 3, R. Osuna 4, J. Grilli 6, D. Barnes
      • 10TH INNING
        Betts doubled to deep left, Hernandez, Holt and Benintendi scored41
      • 9TH INNING
        Morales homered to center01
      • 10TH INNING
        • J. Grilli Pitching:
        • P. Sandoval: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Sandoval flied out to deep center
        • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Leon walked
        • B. Holt: Holt singled to right, Leon to second
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia popped out to third
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked, Hernandez to third, Holt to second
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts doubled to deep left, Hernandez, Holt and Benintendi scored
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez lined out to center
        • Middle of the 10th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kimbrel Pitching:
        • J. Saltalamacchia: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Saltalamacchia struck out swinging
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Travis struck out looking
        • C. Coghlan: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Coghlan struck out swinging
        • End of the 10th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Kimbrel Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Ball, Morales homered to center
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak flied out to left
        • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Carrera struck out swinging
        • D. Barney: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Barney struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, In play
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts flied out to deep left
        • P. Sandoval: Foul, Ball, Sandoval grounded out to pitcher
        • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Leon grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Barney struck out on foul tip
        • J. Saltalamacchia: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Saltalamacchia struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts walked
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ramirez lined out to center
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Betts stole second, Foul, Foul, Betts stole third, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Morales singled to left
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Foul, Smoak grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Morales out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • P. Sandoval: Sandoval singled to left
        • S. Leon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Leon lined out to left
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Holt flied out to left
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • D. Travis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Travis flied out to deep left
        • R. Goins: Ball, Goins grounded out to second
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pillar popped out to catcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moreland flied out to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Ball, Morales flied out to deep right
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Foul, Smoak singled to right
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked, Smoak to second
        • D. Barney: Strike swinging, Foul, Barney reached on fielder's choice to third, Smoak to third, Pearce out at second
        • J. Saltalamacchia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Barney stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Saltalamacchia struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Leon flied out to center
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
        • D. Pedroia: Foul, Pedroia singled to left
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi singled to shallow left, Pedroia to second
        • M. Betts: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Saltalamacchia: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Saltalamacchia struck out swinging
        • D. Travis: Travis singled to left
        • R. Goins: Pickoff attempt, Goins reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Travis to second
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland flied out to left
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bogaerts struck out looking
        • P. Sandoval: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sandoval lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Smoak popped out to first
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Barney struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Benintendi reached on fielder's choice to third, Pedroia out at second
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi stole second, Ball, Ramirez flied out to shallow right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Pillar flied out to deep center
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
        • K. Morales: Morales grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)