Sale gets 9 Ks, Moreland hits HR as Red Sox beat Twins 4-1

BOSTON (AP) The way Chris Sale and the Boston relievers were pitching, the Red Sox didn't need to score a lot.

Sale went 6 1/3 overpowering innings with nine strikeouts, Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the third straight game and the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Monday in a matchup of two of the AL's top teams.

''When you've got him on the mound, all you need is a couple and he's going to do the rest,'' Moreland said. ''Obviously, tonight was another example of that.''

Dustin Pedroia had two hits and drove in a run and Moreland added a sacrifice fly for Boston, which kept pace with the New York Yankees atop the East.

The Red Sox started fast, grabbing a 2-0 lead just four batters into the first.

''When the guys score early for you, it's nice,'' Sale said. ''It settles you down a little bit and allows you to throw strikes.''

Coming off a three-game sweep in Cleveland that had jumped them over the Indians into first in the Central, the Twins' offense was stymied by Sale and three relievers. The loss coupled with Cleveland's win over Texas moved the Indians back a half-game ahead.

Sale (10-3) gave up one run and four hits, increasing his major-league strikeout total to 155. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 21st save after Matt Barnes struck out three in the eighth. Heath Hembree faced one batter, getting a double play.

The 6-foot-6 Sale relied on his usual sharp-breaking slider and fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s to fan eight over the first six innings, getting the initial half dozen with his breaking pitch.

''It's what we've seen many times. He had a nice mix,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''I think the biggest trouble we had was with that slider, especially down and in to righties.''

Jose Berrios (7-2) allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. Chris Gimenez had a solo homer for Minnesota.

''When you go against a guy like Chris Sale, you try to give 110 percent,'' Berrios said through a translator.

Boston jumped ahead when Moreland homered into the first row of Green Monster seats after the first run scored on a double-play grounder.

Berrios had given up just two runs in each of his previous four starts, and six of eight since being promoted on May 7.

Gimenez's homer completely left Fenway Park over the Monster.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Molitor said RHP Phil Hughes, on the 10-day disabled list since late May with biceps tenderness, ''felt good'' but the pitcher had hoped his velocity would be a bit higher. ... LHP Glen Perkins, on the DL with a shoulder strain, is expected to resume throwing again Tuesday after a setback about a week ago.

Red Sox: DH Hanley Ramirez was out with a sore left knee after getting hit by a pitch Sunday. ... 3B Pablo Sandoval, on the 10-day DL since June 20 with a left inner-ear infection, is slated to start a rehab stint with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. Manager John Farrell said there's no planned date for his return. ... Moreland fouled a ball that bounced and hit near his right eye.

NICE START, KID

Red Sox 3B Tzu-Wei Lin singled to right in his first major-league at-bat and first career start.

The 23-year-old from Taiwan played third on his country's national teams in 2009 and 2010. He's the second Taiwanese-born player to make Boston's major-league roster. Outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin was the other, in 2012.

RUNNING AROUND

Twins LF Eddie Rosario made three nice running, over-the-shoulder catches.

WELCOME ABOARD

Infielder Jhonny Peralta reported to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday. Boston signed him to a minor-league deal after he was released by St. Louis earlier this month.

The plan is to alternate him at third and DH with Sandoval.

ROSTER MOVE

The Twins sent RHP Dillon Gee back to Triple-A to make room for Tuesday's starter LHP Hector Santiago.

UP NEXT

Twins: Santiago (4-6, 5.26 ERA) will be activated off the DL Tuesday. He's been sidelined since June 7 with a strained left shoulder.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (6-4, 4.07) looks to snap a three-start winless stretch.

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  • W: C. Sale (10-3)L: J. Berrios (7-2)S: C. Kimbrel (21)
  • HR: MIN - C. Gimenez (5), BOS - M. Moreland (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B40100020.250.340.444.7830.0
E. Escobar DH40000001.276.322.447.7690.0
M. Sano 3B40000031.278.379.555.934-1.5
R. Grossman RF20100100.255.391.396.7872.0
J. Mauer 1B10000000.288.360.404.7640.0
K. Vargas 1B20000111.234.264.426.6890.5
M. Kepler PR-RF0000-000.249.316.414.000-
J. Polanco SS30100022.251.301.358.659-1.0
C. Gimenez C31111002.213.340.427.7676.0
E. Rosario LF30000030.276.314.465.779-1.5
B. Buxton CF30000020.199.273.292.565-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF42200001.269.345.475.8204.0
    D. Pedroia 2B40210011.289.360.364.7252.5
    X. Bogaerts SS30000111.316.370.467.8360.5
    M. Moreland 1B31221010.275.363.490.8537.5
    A. Benintendi LF30100102.278.345.436.7814.0
    C. Young DH30000112.259.336.385.7210.5
    J. Bradley CF40000024.259.352.473.825-1.0
    S. Leon C41100010.248.296.404.7001.5
    T. Lin 3B30100011.333.333.333.6670.5
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Gimenez (5)
      • RBI - C. Gimenez (9)
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Moreland (12)
      • SF - M. Moreland (2)
      • RBI - D. Pedroia (26), M. Moreland 2 (41)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Moreland (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Polanco (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Benintendi (9)
      FIELDING
      • PB - C. Gimenez (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (L, 7-2)6.18442712.980.982.5
      M. Belisle0.01001006.991.66-2.0
      B. Boshers0.20000002.411.020.0
      A. Busenitz1.00000103.601.603.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (L, 7-2)6.1
      M. Belisle0.0
      B. Boshers0.2
      A. Busenitz1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 10-3)6.14112912.770.9125.5
      H. Hembree (H, 13)0.20000003.631.410.0
      M. Barnes (H, 13)1.00000304.011.314.5
      C. Kimbrel (S, 21)1.00000101.070.4810.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 10-3)6.1
      H. Hembree (H, 13)0.2
      M. Barnes (H, 13)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 21)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Berrios (3)
      • IBB - M. Belisle (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 107-67, M. Belisle 4-3, B. Boshers 4-3, A. Busenitz 15-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 6-5
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 28, M. Belisle 2, B. Boshers 2, A. Busenitz 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 108-73, H. Hembree 6-4, M. Barnes 11-9, C. Kimbrel 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 2-7, H. Hembree 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 24, H. Hembree, M. Barnes 3, C. Kimbrel 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Dozier 2B40100020.250.340.444.7830.0
      E. Escobar DH40000001.276.322.447.7690.0
      M. Sano 3B40000031.278.379.555.934-1.5
      R. Grossman RF20100100.255.391.396.7872.0
      J. Mauer 1B10000000.288.360.404.7640.0
      K. Vargas 1B20000111.234.264.426.6890.5
      M. Kepler PR-RF0000-000.249.316.414.000-
      J. Polanco SS30100022.251.301.358.659-1.0
      C. Gimenez C31111002.213.340.427.7676.0
      E. Rosario LF30000030.276.314.465.779-1.5
      B. Buxton CF30000020.199.273.292.565-1.0
      Total2914112137-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF42200001.269.345.475.8204.0
        D. Pedroia 2B40210011.289.360.364.7252.5
        X. Bogaerts SS30000111.316.370.467.8360.5
        M. Moreland 1B31221010.275.363.490.8537.5
        A. Benintendi LF30100102.278.345.436.7814.0
        C. Young DH30000112.259.336.385.7210.5
        J. Bradley CF40000024.259.352.473.825-1.0
        S. Leon C41100010.248.296.404.7001.5
        T. Lin 3B30100011.333.333.333.6670.5
        Total3149313812-----
          BATTING
          • HR - C. Gimenez (5)
          • RBI - C. Gimenez (9)
          BATTING
          • HR - M. Moreland (12)
          • SF - M. Moreland (2)
          • RBI - D. Pedroia (26), M. Moreland 2 (41)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Moreland (12)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - J. Polanco (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Benintendi (9)
          FIELDING
          • PB - C. Gimenez (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Berrios (L, 7-2)6.18442712.980.982.5
          M. Belisle0.01001006.991.66-2.0
          B. Boshers0.20000002.411.020.0
          A. Busenitz1.00000103.601.603.5
          Total8.0944381---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Berrios (L, 7-2)6.1
          M. Belisle0.0
          B. Boshers0.2
          A. Busenitz1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sale (W, 10-3)6.14112912.770.9125.5
          H. Hembree (H, 13)0.20000003.631.410.0
          M. Barnes (H, 13)1.00000304.011.314.5
          C. Kimbrel (S, 21)1.00000101.070.4810.5
          Total9.04112131---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sale (W, 10-3)6.1
          H. Hembree (H, 13)0.2
          M. Barnes (H, 13)1.0
          C. Kimbrel (S, 21)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Berrios (3)
          • IBB - M. Belisle (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 107-67, M. Belisle 4-3, B. Boshers 4-3, A. Busenitz 15-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 6-5
          • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 28, M. Belisle 2, B. Boshers 2, A. Busenitz 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 108-73, H. Hembree 6-4, M. Barnes 11-9, C. Kimbrel 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 2-7, H. Hembree 1-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Sale 24, H. Hembree, M. Barnes 3, C. Kimbrel 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Moreland hit sacrifice fly to center, Betts scored, Pedroia to third14
            Pedroia singled to right, Leon scored, Betts to second13
          • 3RD INNING
            Gimenez homered to left12
          • 1ST INNING
            Moreland homered to left center02
            Bogaerts grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Betts scored, Pedroia out at second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Craig Kimbrel relieved Matt Barnes
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Escobar flied out to shallow left
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Matt Barnes relieved Heath Hembree
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Alan Busenitz relieved Buddy Boshers
            • C. Young: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Young flied out to center
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Leon lined out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman singled to right
            • K. Vargas: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vargas walked, Grossman to second
            • Max Kepler ran for Kennys Vargas
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • Heath Hembree relieved Chris Sale
            • C. Gimenez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gimenez grounded into double play third to second to first, Kepler out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Mauer at first
            • S. Leon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Leon singled to deep right
            • T. Lin: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lin grounded out to third, Leon to second
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts singled to shallow center, Leon to third
            • Matt Belisle relieved Jose Berrios
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia singled to right, Leon scored, Betts to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts to third, Pedroia to second on passed ball, Bogaerts intentionally walked
            • Buddy Boshers relieved Matt Belisle
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland hit sacrifice fly to center, Betts scored, Pedroia to third
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi flied out to shallow center
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Dozier reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Escobar flied out to right
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts grounded out to first
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moreland singled to right
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • C. Young: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Bradley flied out to shallow center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Ball, Gimenez lined out to center
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • T. Lin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lin struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia lined out to left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Escobar flied out to right
            • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grossman walked
            • K. Vargas: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Vargas struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • C. Young: Ball, Ball, Young grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Leon grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • C. Gimenez: Foul, Ball, Gimenez homered to left
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • B. Buxton: Buxton lined out to right
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi lined out to left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Grossman popped out to second
            • K. Vargas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vargas flied out to right
            • J. Polanco: Foul, Foul, Polanco singled to center
            • C. Gimenez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco caught stealing, catcher to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • T. Lin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lin singled to shallow right center
            • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Betts lined out to third
            • D. Pedroia: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pedroia struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Dozier grounded out to third
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Escobar lined out to center
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts singled to center
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia singled to left center, Betts to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bogaerts grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Betts scored, Pedroia out at second
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland homered to left center
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi singled to right center
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Young walked
            • J. Bradley: Bradley lined out to left
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)