Sale pitches 7 shutout innings, Red Sox beat Blue Jays 7-1

TORONTO (AP) Chris Sale's latest gem got the Red Sox to the midway point with their best record of the season.

Sale pitched seven shutout innings to win his third straight decision, Xander Bogaerts had three RBIs and Boston beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 on Saturday.

Sale (11-3) struck out 11, boosting his major league-leading total to 166. He's 2-0 with 24 strikeouts in 15 scoreless innings against the Blue Jays this season, beating them twice north of the border.

''Chris threw another great performance,'' acting manager Gary DiSarcina said. ''He's been really good here (in Toronto). He did a great job and he saved the bullpen, too.''

First-place Boston (46-35) is 11 games above .500 for the first time, and Sale expects better things in the second half.

''It's going to be fun when we get going,'' he said. ''It says a lot about our guys and our team that we've battled through some things schedule-wise, injury-wise and things like that. When we start putting it together, it's going to be a scary thing.''

Mookie Betts walked three times and scored three runs for the Red Sox, who have won five of six. Hanley Ramirez had three hits.

Sale has struck out 11 or more five times in his 17 starts.

''He's been unbelievable to play behind and just to get to know him as a guy,'' Dustin Pedroia said.

Blaine Boyer pitched the eighth and Robby Scott gave up Steve Pearce's solo home run in the ninth.

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-out, two run double in the first and Pedroia did the same in the second. Bogaerts had a sacrifice fly in the fifth and added a two-run single off Lucas Harrell in the ninth.

Sale said he appreciated being given an early advantage.

''It's huge,'' he said. ''I haven't even thrown a competitive pitch and I've got a two-run lead.''

The Red Sox stole three bases, with Deven Marrero and Betts executing a double steal in the second. Boston is 12-0 this season when stealing multiple bases, and has won 13 such games going back to last season.

Blue Jays left-hander Francisco Liriano (4-4) allowed five runs in six innings. Liriano has not won consecutive starts this season.'

''I didn't make pitches when I needed to,'' Liriano said.

Last-place Toronto has lost seven of nine. They're 2-6 in their past eight at home.

The Blue Jays put runners at second and third with one out in the sixth, but Sale got Troy Tulowitzki to bounce back to the mound, then retired Pearce on a pop fly to first.

Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin stayed in the game after being hit on the helmet by a pitch from Boyer in the eighth. Martin also got hit on the foot by Sale in the sixth.

Toronto's Josh Donaldson struck out four times, the fourth time in his career he's done so. He last did it in 2015.

SKIPPER WATCHES SON

Manager John Farrell was away from the team Saturday. With the blessing of GM Dave Dombrowski, Farrell flew to Kansas City to watch son Luke make his major league debut against Minnesota. The 26-year-old righty allowed five runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. Farrell will rejoin the Red Sox on Sunday.

FLAWLESS

Pedroia played his 100th consecutive errorless game at 2B. His 99th game Friday broke his own Red Sox record, first set in 2009 and 2010.

CELEBRATING CANADA

The Blue Jays wore red caps and jerseys and special ceremonies were held before the game to mark Canada Day, and the 150th anniversary of Canada's formation as a country. Toronto is 12-16 all time on Canada Day.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: RHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right knee) threw a bullpen session before the game. His next outing will be a rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.

Blue Jays: Donaldson started at DH, with Darwin Barney at 3B. Kendrys Morales got the day off. ... Toronto selected Harrell from Triple-A Buffalo and designated OF Ian Parmley for assignment.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (7-4, 3.81) has a 2.66 ERA in his past eight starts. He's 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four games against Toronto.

Blue Jays: RHP Joe Biagini (2-7, 4.50) went 1-4 with a 5.88 ERA in five June starts. He made two relief appearances against Boston in April before joining the rotation.

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  • W: C. Sale (11-3)L: F. Liriano (4-4)
  • HR: TOR - S. Pearce (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF23000312.275.357.484.8419.5
D. Pedroia 2B40120102.293.376.372.7485.0
X. Bogaerts SS40130032.314.366.455.8212.5
H. Ramirez DH51300022.252.348.433.7814.0
J. Bradley CF50120014.273.362.485.8463.5
C. Young LF40200001.260.343.397.7412.0
S. Travis 1B40000003.273.351.364.7150.0
S. Leon C41200000.255.300.403.7033.0
D. Marrero 3B42200011.195.240.327.5675.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Bautista RF40000112.231.339.410.7490.5
    R. Martin C20000001.216.374.374.7482.0
    J. Donaldson DH40000043.254.361.486.847-2.0
    J. Smoak 1B40200011.300.368.592.9602.5
    T. Tulowitzki SS40100015.232.290.369.6590.5
    S. Pearce LF31111013.277.333.482.8156.5
    K. Pillar CF40000012.252.304.408.711-0.5
    D. Barney 3B40100011.231.272.301.5720.5
    R. Goins 2B40100032.212.276.341.616-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Pedroia (13), H. Ramirez (10), J. Bradley (14)
      • SF - X. Bogaerts (2)
      • RBI - D. Pedroia 2 (31), X. Bogaerts 3 (39), J. Bradley 2 (35)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Pedroia 2 (13), J. Bradley 2 (14)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Smoak (10)
      • HR - S. Pearce (6)
      • RBI - S. Pearce (17)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts 2 (14), D. Marrero (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - D. Barney (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 11-3)7.040011102.610.9031.5
      B. Boyer1.00000102.251.303.5
      R. Scott1.02110112.451.150.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 11-3)7.0
      B. Boyer1.0
      R. Scott1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Liriano (L, 4-4)6.07553405.661.610.0
      L. Harrell2.25221306.752.25-0.5
      J. Beliveau0.10000104.001.110.5
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Liriano (L, 4-4)6.0
      L. Harrell2.2
      J. Beliveau0.1
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Sale 2 (4), B. Boyer
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 116-83, B. Boyer 16-13, R. Scott 17-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 1-9, R. Scott 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 28, B. Boyer 4, R. Scott 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Harrell
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 100-58, L. Harrell 52-30, J. Beliveau 3-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 4-9, L. Harrell 2-2
      • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 27, L. Harrell 13, J. Beliveau
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF23000312.275.357.484.8419.5
      D. Pedroia 2B40120102.293.376.372.7485.0
      X. Bogaerts SS40130032.314.366.455.8212.5
      H. Ramirez DH51300022.252.348.433.7814.0
      J. Bradley CF50120014.273.362.485.8463.5
      C. Young LF40200001.260.343.397.7412.0
      S. Travis 1B40000003.273.351.364.7150.0
      S. Leon C41200000.255.300.403.7033.0
      D. Marrero 3B42200011.195.240.327.5675.5
      Total36712704817-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Bautista RF40000112.231.339.410.7490.5
        R. Martin C20000001.216.374.374.7482.0
        J. Donaldson DH40000043.254.361.486.847-2.0
        J. Smoak 1B40200011.300.368.592.9602.5
        T. Tulowitzki SS40100015.232.290.369.6590.5
        S. Pearce LF31111013.277.333.482.8156.5
        K. Pillar CF40000012.252.304.408.711-0.5
        D. Barney 3B40100011.231.272.301.5720.5
        R. Goins 2B40100032.212.276.341.616-0.5
        Total33161111320-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Pedroia (13), H. Ramirez (10), J. Bradley (14)
          • SF - X. Bogaerts (2)
          • RBI - D. Pedroia 2 (31), X. Bogaerts 3 (39), J. Bradley 2 (35)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Pedroia 2 (13), J. Bradley 2 (14)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Smoak (10)
          • HR - S. Pearce (6)
          • RBI - S. Pearce (17)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Betts 2 (14), D. Marrero (3)
          FIELDING
          • E - D. Barney (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sale (W, 11-3)7.040011102.610.9031.5
          B. Boyer1.00000102.251.303.5
          R. Scott1.02110112.451.150.5
          Total9.06111131---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sale (W, 11-3)7.0
          B. Boyer1.0
          R. Scott1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          F. Liriano (L, 4-4)6.07553405.661.610.0
          L. Harrell2.25221306.752.25-0.5
          J. Beliveau0.10000104.001.110.5
          Total9.01277480---
          PITCHERSIP
          F. Liriano (L, 4-4)6.0
          L. Harrell2.2
          J. Beliveau0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. Sale 2 (4), B. Boyer
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 116-83, B. Boyer 16-13, R. Scott 17-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 1-9, R. Scott 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Sale 28, B. Boyer 4, R. Scott 5
          PITCHING
          • WP - L. Harrell
          • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 100-58, L. Harrell 52-30, J. Beliveau 3-3
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 4-9, L. Harrell 2-2
          • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 27, L. Harrell 13, J. Beliveau
          • 9TH INNING
            Pearce homered to left center71
            Bogaerts singled to left, Leon and Marrero scored, Pedroia to third, Bogaerts to second70
          • 5TH INNING
            Bogaerts hit sacrifice fly to center, Betts scored50
          • 2ND INNING
            Pedroia doubled to deep right center, Marrero and Betts scored40
          • 1ST INNING
            Bradley doubled to left, Betts and Ramirez scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • L. Harrell Pitching:
            • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Leon singled to right center
            • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Marrero reached on an infield single to shortstop, Leon to third, Marrero to second on 3rd baseman Barney fielding error
            • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts singled to left, Leon and Marrero scored, Pedroia to third, Bogaerts to second
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
            • Jeff Beliveau relieved Lucas Harrell
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Robby Scott relieved Blaine Boyer
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pearce homered to left center
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Pillar grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Barney: Strike looking, Foul, Barney singled to left center
            • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Bautista fouled out to catcher
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • L. Harrell Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez singled to center
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bradley popped out to shortstop
            • C. Young: Foul, Young singled to center, Ramirez to third
            • S. Travis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Young to second on wild pitch, Travis grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ramirez out at home
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Blaine Boyer relieved Chris Sale
            • R. Martin: Foul, Ball, Martin hit by pitch
            • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Smoak popped out to second
            • T. Tulowitzki: Tulowitzki fouled out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Lucas Harrell relieved Francisco Liriano
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to third
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pedroia flied out to left
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar flied out to deep center
            • D. Barney: Foul, Foul, Foul, Barney lined out to center
            • R. Goins: Goins singled to shallow left
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bautista struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • C. Young: Ball, Ball, Young singled to left
            • S. Travis: Travis grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Young out at second
            • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Leon singled to center
            • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Marrero lined out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • R. Martin: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Martin hit by pitch
            • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak doubled to deep left, Martin to third
            • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Strike looking, Tulowitzki grounded out to pitcher
            • S. Pearce: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pearce popped out to first
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Betts stole second, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop, Betts to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Ball, Bogaerts hit sacrifice fly to center, Betts scored
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ramirez singled to left
            • J. Bradley: Bradley flied out to center
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • D. Barney: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Barney lined out to left
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Bautista flied out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • S. Travis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Travis flied out to right
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Leon lined out to shortstop
            • D. Marrero: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Marrero struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
            • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tulowitzki singled to left
            • S. Pearce: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pillar fouled out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley lined out to right
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Young lined out to right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bautista fouled out to catcher
            • R. Martin: Foul, Martin flied out to deep left
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • S. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Travis grounded out to second
            • S. Leon: Leon fouled out to third
            • D. Marrero: Ball, Ball, Marrero singled to right
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked, Marrero to second
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marrero stole third Betts to second, Foul, Pedroia doubled to deep right center, Marrero and Betts scored
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pearce hit by pitch
            • K. Pillar: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
            • D. Barney: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Barney struck out on foul tip
            • R. Goins: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pedroia flied out to deep right
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • H. Ramirez: Ramirez doubled to deep left, Betts to third
            • J. Bradley: Bradley doubled to left, Betts and Ramirez scored
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Young grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bautista walked
            • R. Martin: Martin flied out to center
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Smoak singled to center, Bautista to second
            • T. Tulowitzki: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Tulowitzki struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)