Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP) Chris Sale was perfectly happy to sit back and watch the Red Sox hitters do the work this time.

Sale cruised into the fifth inning, then was rewarded in the seventh when the Boston batters erupted for seven runs on their way to a 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season.

But he didn't seem to mind.

''It was fun,'' said the left-hander, who received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than while he was in any other game this season. ''You get run after run, hit after hit. When we score like that, it's fun.''

Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more as the Red Sox turned a 3-1 deficit into a five-run lead and earned their third straight victory. Sam Travis had two singles for the Red Sox in his major league debut.

''I was a little nervous in the first inning,'' he said. ''I'd be lying to you guys if I said I wasn't.''

Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.

FOR SALE

Sale, who also struck out 10 or more batters in eight straight games in 2015 with the White Sox, remains tied for the season record with Pedro Martinez. (Martinez had 10 straight in a span from 1999-2000.)

After scoring four runs in support of Sale in his first six starts, the Red Sox have scored 27 while he was in the game in his last five. He took a no-hitter into the fifth, but finished with three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings.

''Guys pulled through for me when I was probably pretty mediocre,'' he said.

NO RELIEF

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter.

''Martin threw the ball really well and I came in with two guys on and couldn't get an out,'' Dyson said. ''Sometimes they hit them where they are, and sometimes they hit them where they aren't.''

Asked if he felt any different, he said: ''Everything's the same.

''If I get my (expletive) handed to me, it's not like anything's wrong,'' he said. ''Any more amazing questions from you all?''

SEVEN IN THE SEVENTH

It was 3-1 until the seventh, when Andrew Benintendi and Travis singled with one out to chase Perez. Mitch Moreland singled to make it 3-2, pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge singled to tie it and, after Mookie Betts was intentionally walked to load the bases, Moreland scored on a wild pitch to give Boston the lead.

Pedroia singled in two more runs, Xander Bogaerts doubled and Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Dyson was pulled after walking Chris Young to force in another run.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx got Benintendi to pop up foul of first base, but Napoli let it fall safely - his second such error in the game. Benintendi followed with a sacrifice fly that made it 8-3 before Travis was called out on strikes to end the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor was shaken up when he dived for Betts' grounder up the middle in the third inning. He was slow getting up. After being looked at by the trainer, he remained in the game.

Red Sox: LHP David Price made his second rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing six runs - three earned - seven hits and a walk. He struck out four in 3 2/3 innings, throwing 89 pitches, 61 for strikes, and left without addressing reporters. 3B Pablo Sandoval also played in the game, going 2 for 4 with two runs.

''He felt fine physically,'' said Red Sox manager John Farrell, who added he would talk to Price on Thursday morning to determine how to proceed. ''We had a scout there who liked what he saw.''

UP NEXT:

Rangers: Will send RHP Nick Martinez (1-2) to the mound in the finale of the three-game series.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (3-3) looks to snap a personal two-game losing streak.

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  • W: C. Sale (5-2)L: S. Dyson (1-5)
  • HR: TEX - M. Napoli (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields CF32100111.295.361.352.7144.5
S. Choo RF40110001.257.371.386.7572.0
E. Andrus SS30010001.271.314.414.7291.0
J. Lucroy DH40000001.268.309.402.7100.0
R. Odor 2B40100020.207.259.353.6120.0
M. Napoli 1B41211021.198.267.432.6996.0
R. Rua LF31100011.233.300.411.7112.5
a- N. Mazara PH10000001.269.337.456.7930.0
J. Gallo 3B40110012.195.306.523.8301.5
R. Chirinos C30000011.250.361.558.918-0.5
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Rua in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF41220100.287.365.491.8566.0
D. Pedroia 2B41120101.292.366.379.7455.0
X. Bogaerts SS51200013.331.395.450.8453.5
H. Ramirez DH30000111.261.349.425.7740.5
C. Young LF20010210.263.349.400.7492.5
A. Benintendi CF31110001.287.364.425.7893.0
S. Travis 1B41200012.500.500.5001.0002.5
C. Vazquez C0000-000.329.359.438.000-
S. Leon C20000001.244.277.422.6990.0
a- M. Moreland PH-1B22210000.266.361.462.8235.0
D. Marrero 3B21100010.171.227.220.4473.5
b- J. Rutledge PH-3B21110001.300.378.300.6783.0
  • a-singled for Leon in the 7th
  • b-singled for Marrero in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. DeShields (3), R. Rua (4)
  • HR - M. Napoli (11)
  • SF - E. Andrus
  • RBI - S. Choo (20), E. Andrus (21), M. Napoli (24), J. Gallo (31)
BATTING
  • 2B - X. Bogaerts (11)
  • SF - A. Benintendi (5)
  • RBI - M. Betts 2 (30), D. Pedroia 2 (21), C. Young (12), A. Benintendi (25), M. Moreland (24), J. Rutledge (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts (12)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Marrero
FIELDING
  • E - S. Choo, M. Napoli 2 (4)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Vazquez (5)
  • PB - S. Leon (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Perez6.16332403.771.5312.0
S. Dyson (L, 1-5) (BS, 1)0.045430011.932.65-16.0
A. Bibens-Dirkx1.22110102.450.820.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Perez6.1
S. Dyson (L, 1-5) (BS, 1)0.0
A. Bibens-Dirkx1.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Sale (W, 5-2)7.16431612.340.8124.0
J. Kelly1.21000201.611.073.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Sale (W, 5-2)7.1
J. Kelly1.2
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Perez (3), S. Dyson, A. Bibens-Dirkx
  • IBB - S. Dyson 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 113-65, S. Dyson 20-12, A. Bibens-Dirkx 34-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 7-6
  • Batters Faced - M. Perez 25, S. Dyson 7, A. Bibens-Dirkx 7
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 97-63, J. Kelly 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 8-8, J. Kelly 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Sale 29, J. Kelly 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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TEX24-23
000120010473
BOS24-21
00100071X9121
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields CF32100111.295.361.352.7144.5
S. Choo RF40110001.257.371.386.7572.0
E. Andrus SS30010001.271.314.414.7291.0
J. Lucroy DH40000001.268.309.402.7100.0
R. Odor 2B40100020.207.259.353.6120.0
M. Napoli 1B41211021.198.267.432.6996.0
R. Rua LF31100011.233.300.411.7112.5
a- N. Mazara PH10000001.269.337.456.7930.0
J. Gallo 3B40110012.195.306.523.8301.5
R. Chirinos C30000011.250.361.558.918-0.5
Total3347411810-----
HITTERSAB
D. DeShields CF3
S. Choo RF4
E. Andrus SS3
J. Lucroy DH4
R. Odor 2B4
M. Napoli 1B4
R. Rua LF3
a- N. Mazara PH1
J. Gallo 3B4
R. Chirinos C3
Total33
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Rua in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF41220100.287.365.491.8566.0
D. Pedroia 2B41120101.292.366.379.7455.0
X. Bogaerts SS51200013.331.395.450.8453.5
H. Ramirez DH30000111.261.349.425.7740.5
C. Young LF20010210.263.349.400.7492.5
A. Benintendi CF31110001.287.364.425.7893.0
S. Travis 1B41200012.500.500.5001.0002.5
C. Vazquez C0000-000.329.359.438.000-
S. Leon C20000001.244.277.422.6990.0
a- M. Moreland PH-1B22210000.266.361.462.8235.0
D. Marrero 3B21100010.171.227.220.4473.5
b- J. Rutledge PH-3B21110001.300.378.300.6783.0
Total33912805510-----
  • a-singled for Leon in the 7th
  • b-singled for Marrero in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. DeShields (3), R. Rua (4)
  • HR - M. Napoli (11)
  • SF - E. Andrus
  • RBI - S. Choo (20), E. Andrus (21), M. Napoli (24), J. Gallo (31)
BATTING
  • 2B - X. Bogaerts (11)
  • SF - A. Benintendi (5)
  • RBI - M. Betts 2 (30), D. Pedroia 2 (21), C. Young (12), A. Benintendi (25), M. Moreland (24), J. Rutledge (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts (12)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Marrero
FIELDING
  • E - S. Choo, M. Napoli 2 (4)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Vazquez (5)
  • PB - S. Leon (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Perez6.16332403.771.5312.0
S. Dyson (L, 1-5) (BS, 1)0.045430011.932.65-16.0
A. Bibens-Dirkx1.22110102.450.820.5
Total8.01298550---
PITCHERSIP
M. Perez6.1
S. Dyson (L, 1-5) (BS, 1)0.0
A. Bibens-Dirkx1.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Sale (W, 5-2)7.16431612.340.8124.0
J. Kelly1.21000201.611.073.0
Total9.0743181---
PITCHERSIP
C. Sale (W, 5-2)7.1
J. Kelly1.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Perez (3), S. Dyson, A. Bibens-Dirkx
  • IBB - S. Dyson 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 113-65, S. Dyson 20-12, A. Bibens-Dirkx 34-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 7-6
  • Batters Faced - M. Perez 25, S. Dyson 7, A. Bibens-Dirkx 7
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 97-63, J. Kelly 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 8-8, J. Kelly 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Sale 29, J. Kelly 6
  • 8TH INNING
    Betts singled to shallow left, Moreland scored49
    Choo singled to left center, DeShields scored48
  • 7TH INNING
    Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to left, Bogaerts scored38
    Young walked, Pedroia scored, Bogaerts to third, Ramirez to second37
    Pedroia reached on an infield single to shortstop, Rutledge and Betts scored36
    Moreland scored, Rutledge to third, Betts to second on wild pitch34
    Rutledge singled to shallow right, Travis scored, Moreland to third, Rutledge to second on Choo fielding error33
    Moreland singled to right center, Benintendi scored, Travis to second32
  • 5TH INNING
    Gallo singled to right, Rua scored31
    Napoli homered to center21
  • 4TH INNING
    Andrus hit sacrifice fly to center, DeShields scored11
  • 3RD INNING
    Betts singled to shallow center, Marrero scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Kelly Pitching:
    • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Odor singled to center
    • M. Napoli: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
    • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mazara reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Odor out at second
    • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul on catcher Vazquez dropped ball error, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • C. Sale Pitching:
    • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos popped out to shortstop
    • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields doubled to right center
    • S. Choo: Ball, Choo singled to left center, DeShields scored
    • Joe Kelly relieved Chris Sale
    • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus lined out to shortstop
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Lucroy grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland singled to right
    • J. Rutledge: Ball, Moreland to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rutledge flied out to deep right, Moreland to third
    • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts singled to shallow left, Moreland scored
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pedroia lined out to center
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Sale Pitching:
    • R. Odor: Odor grounded out to first
    • M. Napoli: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Napoli singled to center
    • R. Rua: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Rua struck out on foul tip
    • J. Gallo: Gallo flied out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • C. Young: Foul, Ball, Foul, Young flied out to left
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Benintendi reached on an infield single to second
    • S. Travis: Ball, Travis singled to right center, Benintendi to third
    • Sam Dyson relieved Martin Perez
    • Mitch Moreland at first
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Moreland singled to right center, Benintendi scored, Travis to second
    • Josh Rutledge at third
    • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Rutledge singled to shallow right, Travis scored, Moreland to third, Rutledge to second on Choo fielding error
    • M. Betts: Betts intentionally walked
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moreland scored, Rutledge to third, Betts to second on wild pitch, Pedroia reached on an infield single to shortstop, Rutledge and Betts scored
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts doubled to deep right center, Pedroia to third
    • H. Ramirez: Ramirez intentionally walked
    • C. Young: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Young walked, Pedroia scored, Bogaerts to third, Ramirez to second
    • Austin Bibens-Dirkx relieved Sam Dyson
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Foul on 1st baseman Napoli dropped ball error, Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to left, Bogaerts scored
    • S. Travis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Travis struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (7 Runs, 6 Hits, 2 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Sale Pitching:
    • S. Choo: Strike looking, Choo lined out to center
    • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andrus grounded out to third
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Lucroy grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Betts lined out to center
    • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Bogaerts reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Sale Pitching:
    • R. Odor: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
    • M. Napoli: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Napoli homered to center
    • R. Rua: Rua doubled to left
    • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Gallo singled to right, Rua scored
    • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Chirinos reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gallo out at second
    • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike swinging, DeShields flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • S. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Travis reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • S. Leon: Foul, Leon grounded into double play shortstop to first, Travis out at second
    • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marrero struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Sale Pitching:
    • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, DeShields walked
    • S. Choo: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, DeShields to second on passed ball, Strike looking, Choo grounded out to pitcher, DeShields to third
    • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Andrus hit sacrifice fly to center, DeShields scored
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul on 1st baseman Napoli dropped ball error, Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep right
    • C. Young: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Sale Pitching:
    • R. Rua: Strike looking, Ball, Rua flied out to left
    • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo flied out to right
    • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • S. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Travis grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Leon flied out to shallow left
    • D. Marrero: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Marrero singled to right
    • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Marrero stole second, Betts singled to shallow center, Marrero scored
    • D. Pedroia: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Betts to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Sale Pitching:
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Odor: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
    • M. Napoli: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ramirez popped out to shortstop
    • C. Young: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Young walked
    • A. Benintendi: Benintendi grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Young out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Sale Pitching:
    • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
    • S. Choo: Choo grounded out to third
    • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Andrus flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pedroia flied out to deep right
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)