Sale strikes out 12, Red Sox beat Rays 6-3

BOSTON (AP) Nothing complicated about Chris Sale's strong start with the Boston Red Sox. It's just more of the same from his time with the White Sox.

Sale struck out 12 while pitching seven solid innings and Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer, leading the Red Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

It was Sale's seventh straight start with double-digit strikeouts. The 6-foot-6 left-hander allowed three runs and two hits, both homers.

''It's almost a carbon copy of each of the six previous starts, with the exception of a couple of pitches that leave the ballpark,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Betts also doubled in a run in Boston's four-run fifth inning. Jackie Bradley Jr. had two hits, including his first double of the season, and Deven Marrero drove in two runs, helping the Red Sox to their 14th win in their last 19 games against the Rays.

Sale (4-2) has struck out 10 or more in every start since he had seven Ks in his Boston debut after he was acquired in a blockbuster offseason trade with Chicago.

''Just finding a good rhythm and tempo,'' Sale said. ''That's the key to pitching, going out there and trying to get in a groove. It was nice that when I hit rough patches, my team was right there to pick me up today.''

Kevin Kiermaier and Logan Morrison homered for Tampa Bay, which has dropped seven of 11.

The game was moved from 7:05 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. because of heavy rain forecasted for late afternoon into Sunday.

Pitching in his usual short sleeves on an unseasonably cool day under cloudy skies, Sale mixed his mid-90s fastball with his terrific slider and an occasional changeup for another solid outing. He got Evan Longoria looking on a 94-mph fastball in the sixth for his 10th strikeout.

Joe Kelly worked the eighth before Craig Kimbrel finished the three-hitter for his 11th save. The Rays fanned 16 times.

''Obviously today we saw a lot of power,'' Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. ''The first six or seven innings they've got the best lefty in the American League throwing. Look, they've got a lot of weapons, but that's something eventually we'll need to overcome.''

Boston led 2-1 before Kiermaier hit a two-run shot on an 0-2 fastball with two out in the fifth.

But the Red Sox rallied in the bottom half. Marrero hit a two-run double off the Green Monster against Blake Snell (0-4). Betts followed with his RBI double, and Xander Bogaerts added a run-scoring grounder.

Snell allowed six runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

''When you face (Sale) and your team gives you three runs, you need to lock it down,'' he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: OF Steven Souza Jr. returned to the lineup after missing the previous four games with a bruised right thumb. ... RHP Tommy Hunter, on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right calf, threw a bullpen session and felt fine.

Red Sox: DH Hanley Ramirez, who left an interleague start at first base earlier this week with a muscle spasm in his right shoulder, was out of the lineup for the third straight game, but Farrell said he could be available Sunday. ... LHP Dave Price, sidelined since early spring training with a strained left elbow, is set to make a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday.

CHASING PEDRO

Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez is the only other Red Sox pitcher to reach seven straight double-digit strikeout games. He posted eight twice, his last coming in the final starts of his AL Cy Young Award-winning 1999 season.

MORE SALE

Sale has 85 strikeouts through eight starts, tied with Randy Johnson - then with Houston in 1998 - for the most ever by a pitcher after their initial eight starts with a new team.

JUMP

First base umpire Laz Diaz had to jump out of the way of a rolling bat that got away from Tampa Bay pinch hitter Brad Miller.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Matt Andriese (2-1, 3.12 ERA) is set to start the series finale Sunday. He has given up three or fewer runs in his last six starts.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (3-2, 5.23 ERA) looks to rebound from a rough outing when he gave up six runs in four innings during a loss Tuesday.

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  • W: C. Sale (4-2)L: B. Snell (0-4)S: C. Kimbrel (11)
  • HR: TB - L. Morrison (10), K. Kiermaier (2), BOS - M. Betts (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Souza RF40000021.268.366.431.797-1.0
D. Robertson 2B20000120.170.323.340.6630.0
a- B. Miller PH-2B10000011.194.340.315.654-0.5
E. Longoria 3B40000021.234.307.407.714-1.0
R. Weeks DH40000031.200.317.357.674-1.5
L. Morrison 1B41111020.244.331.529.8605.0
T. Beckham SS30000010.258.283.447.730-0.5
D. Norris C21000110.220.286.310.5961.5
K. Kiermaier CF31121010.218.311.303.6136.5
P. Bourjos LF20000010.188.250.292.542-0.5
b- C. Dickerson PH-LF10100000.326.376.551.9271.0
  • a-struck out for Robertson in the 8th
  • b-singled for Bourjos in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF42231000.305.381.542.92311.0
D. Pedroia 2B30100010.279.357.385.7421.5
X. Bogaerts SS40010011.339.393.427.8200.5
A. Benintendi LF30000120.302.373.460.8340.0
C. Young DH40000001.253.340.398.7380.0
M. Moreland 1B40000020.258.362.422.784-1.0
S. Leon C12100200.240.278.440.7185.0
J. Bradley CF31200011.192.250.315.5653.5
D. Marrero 3B31120023.167.231.250.4814.0
    BATTING
    • HR - L. Morrison (10), K. Kiermaier (2)
    • RBI - L. Morrison (24), K. Kiermaier 2 (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Kiermaier 2 (7)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (13), D. Pedroia (7), J. Bradley, D. Marrero
    • HR - M. Betts (6)
    • SH - D. Pedroia (2)
    • RBI - M. Betts 3 (25), X. Bogaerts (10), D. Marrero 2 (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts 2 (11)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Snell (L, 0-4)5.26663514.711.59-2.5
    J. Diaz1.11000205.290.753.0
    D. Moreno1.00000209.000.004.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Snell (L, 0-4)5.2
    J. Diaz1.1
    D. Moreno1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale (W, 4-2)7.023321222.150.5730.0
    J. Kelly (H, 2)1.01000201.891.003.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 11)1.00000201.080.0011.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale (W, 4-2)7.0
    J. Kelly (H, 2)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 11)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 113-64, J. Diaz 25-14, D. Moreno 9-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 9-2
    • Batters Faced - B. Snell 25, J. Diaz 5, D. Moreno 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 111-70, J. Kelly 26-17, C. Kimbrel 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 3-6, J. Kelly 1-0, C. Kimbrel 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 25, J. Kelly 4, C. Kimbrel 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Souza RF40000021.268.366.431.797-1.0
    D. Robertson 2B20000120.170.323.340.6630.0
    a- B. Miller PH-2B10000011.194.340.315.654-0.5
    E. Longoria 3B40000021.234.307.407.714-1.0
    R. Weeks DH40000031.200.317.357.674-1.5
    L. Morrison 1B41111020.244.331.529.8605.0
    T. Beckham SS30000010.258.283.447.730-0.5
    D. Norris C21000110.220.286.310.5961.5
    K. Kiermaier CF31121010.218.311.303.6136.5
    P. Bourjos LF20000010.188.250.292.542-0.5
    b- C. Dickerson PH-LF10100000.326.376.551.9271.0
    Total3033322164-----
    • a-struck out for Robertson in the 8th
    • b-singled for Bourjos in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF42231000.305.381.542.92311.0
    D. Pedroia 2B30100010.279.357.385.7421.5
    X. Bogaerts SS40010011.339.393.427.8200.5
    A. Benintendi LF30000120.302.373.460.8340.0
    C. Young DH40000001.253.340.398.7380.0
    M. Moreland 1B40000020.258.362.422.784-1.0
    S. Leon C12100200.240.278.440.7185.0
    J. Bradley CF31200011.192.250.315.5653.5
    D. Marrero 3B31120023.167.231.250.4814.0
    Total296761396-----
      BATTING
      • HR - L. Morrison (10), K. Kiermaier (2)
      • RBI - L. Morrison (24), K. Kiermaier 2 (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Kiermaier 2 (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (13), D. Pedroia (7), J. Bradley, D. Marrero
      • HR - M. Betts (6)
      • SH - D. Pedroia (2)
      • RBI - M. Betts 3 (25), X. Bogaerts (10), D. Marrero 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts 2 (11)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell (L, 0-4)5.26663514.711.59-2.5
      J. Diaz1.11000205.290.753.0
      D. Moreno1.00000209.000.004.0
      Total8.0766391---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell (L, 0-4)5.2
      J. Diaz1.1
      D. Moreno1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 4-2)7.023321222.150.5730.0
      J. Kelly (H, 2)1.01000201.891.003.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 11)1.00000201.080.0011.0
      Total9.03332162---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 4-2)7.0
      J. Kelly (H, 2)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 11)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 113-64, J. Diaz 25-14, D. Moreno 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 9-2
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 25, J. Diaz 5, D. Moreno 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 111-70, J. Kelly 26-17, C. Kimbrel 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 3-6, J. Kelly 1-0, C. Kimbrel 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 25, J. Kelly 4, C. Kimbrel 3
      • 5TH INNING
        Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop, Betts scored36
        Betts doubled to left center, Marrero scored35
        Marrero doubled to left center, Leon and Bradley scored34
        Kiermaier homered to center, Norris scored32
      • 3RD INNING
        Betts homered to left center, Leon scored12
      • 2ND INNING
        Morrison homered to right center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Kimbrel Pitching:
        • E. Longoria: Foul, Ball, Longoria grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Weeks: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Kelly Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to second
        • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Dickerson reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • S. Souza: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
        • B. Miller: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Moreno Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • C. Young: Young flied out to right
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Morrison popped out to shortstop
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • D. Norris: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Norris flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Diaz Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts popped out to first
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pedroia struck out looking
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Souza flied out to center
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Robertson walked
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Longoria struck out looking
        • R. Weeks: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • C. Young: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Young grounded out to third
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Leon singled to deep left
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley singled to center, Leon to second
        • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marrero struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • T. Beckham: Foul, Foul, Foul, Beckham grounded out to third
        • D. Norris: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Norris walked
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Kiermaier homered to center, Norris scored
        • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bourjos lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Leon walked
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bradley doubled to deep left, Leon to third
        • D. Marrero: Strike swinging, Ball, Marrero doubled to left center, Leon and Bradley scored
        • M. Betts: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Betts doubled to left center, Marrero scored
        • D. Pedroia: Pedroia hit sacrifice bunt to first, Betts to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop, Betts scored
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Benintendi grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Robertson struck out looking
        • E. Longoria: Longoria grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Weeks: Strike looking, Weeks flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
        • C. Young: Strike looking, Young grounded into double play second to first, Benintendi out at second
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Moreland grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
        • P. Bourjos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
        • S. Souza: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Leon walked
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
        • D. Marrero: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Marrero struck out looking
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts homered to left center, Leon scored
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pedroia doubled to shallow right
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • R. Weeks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Morrison homered to right center
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Beckham lined out to center
        • D. Norris: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Norris struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • C. Young: Young fouled out to first
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Souza grounded out to third
        • D. Robertson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts lined out to first
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)