Sale blanks Angels for 6 innings in Boston's 6-2 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) A pitcher dreams of starts like this, his team giving him a big early lead before he even throws a pitch. Of course, teams dream of having a starting pitcher like Chris Sale.

The two came together in brilliant fashion on a warm Friday night, with the Boston Red Sox scoring five times in the top of the first and Sale throwing six scoreless innings in a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

''We spotted him five runs in the first inning,'' said Red Sox manager John Farrell. ''I thought we did an outstanding job of stringing hits together, hitting pitches where they were located and using the whole field.''

And then turning it over to Sale, who continued his dominating season.

Sale (12-4) allowed four hits and struck out nine to push his major league-leading total to 200. He walked one and lowered his American League-best ERA to 2.48.

''I've not been around a pitcher who's had that kind of focus,'' Farrell said. ''His strikeout capability is certainly unique. He's an elite pitcher. And it's not just with one pitch. It's three different ones he can get strikeouts with.''

He became just the fourth pitcher to reach the 200-strikeout mark in 20 or fewer starts, joining Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson (three times) and Pedro Martinez.

''It's cool,'' Sale said. ''I appreciate it. I'm not the biggest fan of looking at stuff like that. Those are things for the offseason or to tell my grandkids.''

Sale has won 11 of his last 13 decisions. He improved to 6-0 against the Angels with a 1.23 ERA in seven starts (nine games).

''He's really deceptive, uses both sides of the plate and has really good secondary stuff,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Boston jumped on erratic Angels starter Ricky Nolasco (4-11) in the first, with six of its first seven batters collecting a hit. Nolasco went four innings and allowed all six runs on nine hits and a walk.

The Angels avoided a shutout when Martin Maldonado hit a solo home run off reliever Kyle Martin in the seventh. It was his 11th homer of the season.

SAVING CATCH

Jackie Bradley Jr. made a tremendous, leaping catch as he flew into the center-field wall on a drive by Yunel Escobar to lead off the bottom of the first inning.

''Jackie made a spectacular catch going up against the wall, as he's done so many times,'' Farrell said. ''That was a play he was all out, right to the point of impact. Thankfully there's padding there.''

All Sale could do was be appreciative.

''It seems like once he makes a great catch, it's like, OK, that's the best catch,'' he said. ''Then he makes another and then that's the best one. It just seems like he's always raising the bar. It's fun to watch.''

NOLASCO STRUGGLES

The Angels are 5-15 in games Nolasco has started this season, and 42-36 all the others.

''All you can do is wear it,'' Nolasco said.

DEFENSE TOO

The Red Sox are not the only team getting some strong defensive play.

The Angels have now gone 14 consecutive games without committing an error, matching the franchise record.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Right-hander Joe Kelly (strained left hamstring) remained in Boston and threw long-toss. ... With Eduardo Rodriguez (partial shoulder dislocation) back, right-hander Doug Fister is moving to the bullpen. In five games (four starts), Fister is 0-4 with a 7.89 ERA.

Angels: Right-hander Matt Shoemaker (forearm strain) threw lightly for the first time in two weeks. ''He's taking baby steps right now,'' Scioscia said. ''We won't have a read on him for another seven to 10 days.'' ... Left-hander Tyler Skaggs (right oblique strain) is scheduled to throw four innings Saturday for Triple-A Salt Lake. ... Outfielder Shane Robinson left the game after four innings with upper back spasms.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Left-hander David Price (5-2, 3.39 ERA) looks to keep his strong recent stretch going Saturday against the Angels. In his last three starts, he has allowed just two earned runs (20 innings).

Angels: Right-hander JC Ramirez (8-8, 4.54) is scheduled to make his 19th start of the season. In five career games against the Red Sox (one start) he is 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA. He last started a game on June 14.

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  • W: C. Sale (12-4)L: R. Nolasco (4-11)
  • HR: LAA - M. Maldonado (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Betts RF31210100.280.358.486.8446.0
A. Benintendi LF41110013.269.349.423.7722.5
D. Pedroia 2B40000012.311.387.419.806-0.5
M. Moreland 1B41110010.245.334.418.7522.5
H. Ramirez DH41100010.253.340.441.7811.5
X. Bogaerts SS41110000.295.351.431.7823.0
J. Bradley CF41210000.271.347.461.8085.0
S. Leon C40000031.237.292.367.659-1.5
B. Holt 3B40100010.189.295.189.4850.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Escobar 3B50000014.281.338.401.739-0.5
    M. Trout CF20000211.332.455.7231.1771.5
    A. Pujols DH30000112.237.286.383.6690.5
    C. Cron 1B40100012.229.282.359.6400.5
    A. Simmons SS40100012.287.337.432.7680.5
    K. Calhoun RF40000022.239.318.376.694-1.0
    M. Maldonado C32211110.247.310.418.7288.5
    S. Robinson LF10000010.125.176.125.301-0.5
    B. Revere LF30110001.227.251.301.5532.0
    C. Pennington 2B30200000.254.326.314.6393.0
    a- L. Valbuena PH10000011.182.262.337.599-0.5
    • a-struck out for Pennington in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (30), J. Bradley (16)
    • RBI - M. Betts (60), A. Benintendi (53), M. Moreland (43), X. Bogaerts (43), J. Bradley (39)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts (22)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Pennington (4)
    • HR - M. Maldonado (11)
    • RBI - M. Maldonado (29), B. Revere (9)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - K. Calhoun (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale (W, 12-4)6.04002902.480.8926.5
    K. Martin1.12111013.861.71-1.0
    M. Barnes1.21111103.261.150.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale (W, 12-4)6.0
    K. Martin1.1
    M. Barnes1.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Nolasco (L, 4-11)4.09660105.131.38-7.5
    Y. Petit2.00000302.850.997.5
    J. Alvarez1.00001104.911.212.5
    K. Middleton1.00000104.201.233.5
    C. Bedrosian1.00000202.370.954.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Nolasco (L, 4-11)4.0
    Y. Petit2.0
    J. Alvarez1.0
    K. Middleton1.0
    C. Bedrosian1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 112-72, K. Martin 27-16, M. Barnes 24-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 2-7, K. Martin 4-0, M. Barnes 2-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 24, K. Martin 7, M. Barnes 6
    PITCHING
    • WP - R. Nolasco (2), J. Alvarez
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Nolasco 77-51, Y. Petit 30-20, J. Alvarez 23-13, K. Middleton 5-5, C. Bedrosian 14-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Nolasco 6-4, Y. Petit 2-1, J. Alvarez 2-0, K. Middleton 2-0
    • Batters Faced - R. Nolasco 20, Y. Petit 6, J. Alvarez 4, K. Middleton 3, C. Bedrosian 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF31210100.280.358.486.8446.0
    A. Benintendi LF41110013.269.349.423.7722.5
    D. Pedroia 2B40000012.311.387.419.806-0.5
    M. Moreland 1B41110010.245.334.418.7522.5
    H. Ramirez DH41100010.253.340.441.7811.5
    X. Bogaerts SS41110000.295.351.431.7823.0
    J. Bradley CF41210000.271.347.461.8085.0
    S. Leon C40000031.237.292.367.659-1.5
    B. Holt 3B40100010.189.295.189.4850.5
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      Y. Escobar 3B50000014.281.338.401.739-0.5
      M. Trout CF20000211.332.455.7231.1771.5
      A. Pujols DH30000112.237.286.383.6690.5
      C. Cron 1B40100012.229.282.359.6400.5
      A. Simmons SS40100012.287.337.432.7680.5
      K. Calhoun RF40000022.239.318.376.694-1.0
      M. Maldonado C32211110.247.310.418.7288.5
      S. Robinson LF10000010.125.176.125.301-0.5
      B. Revere LF30110001.227.251.301.5532.0
      C. Pennington 2B30200000.254.326.314.6393.0
      a- L. Valbuena PH10000011.182.262.337.599-0.5
      Total33272141015-----
      • a-struck out for Pennington in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (30), J. Bradley (16)
      • RBI - M. Betts (60), A. Benintendi (53), M. Moreland (43), X. Bogaerts (43), J. Bradley (39)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts (22)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Pennington (4)
      • HR - M. Maldonado (11)
      • RBI - M. Maldonado (29), B. Revere (9)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - K. Calhoun (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 12-4)6.04002902.480.8926.5
      K. Martin1.12111013.861.71-1.0
      M. Barnes1.21111103.261.150.5
      Total9.07224101---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 12-4)6.0
      K. Martin1.1
      M. Barnes1.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Nolasco (L, 4-11)4.09660105.131.38-7.5
      Y. Petit2.00000302.850.997.5
      J. Alvarez1.00001104.911.212.5
      K. Middleton1.00000104.201.233.5
      C. Bedrosian1.00000202.370.954.0
      Total9.0966180---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Nolasco (L, 4-11)4.0
      Y. Petit2.0
      J. Alvarez1.0
      K. Middleton1.0
      C. Bedrosian1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 112-72, K. Martin 27-16, M. Barnes 24-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 2-7, K. Martin 4-0, M. Barnes 2-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 24, K. Martin 7, M. Barnes 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - R. Nolasco (2), J. Alvarez
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Nolasco 77-51, Y. Petit 30-20, J. Alvarez 23-13, K. Middleton 5-5, C. Bedrosian 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Nolasco 6-4, Y. Petit 2-1, J. Alvarez 2-0, K. Middleton 2-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Nolasco 20, Y. Petit 6, J. Alvarez 4, K. Middleton 3, C. Bedrosian 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Revere singled to center, Maldonado scored62
      • 7TH INNING
        Maldonado homered to left61
      • 4TH INNING
        Betts singled to left, Bradley scored, Holt to second60
      • 1ST INNING
        Bradley doubled to deep right, Bogaerts scored, Bradley out at third50
        Bogaerts singled to right, Ramirez scored40
        Moreland scored, Ramirez to second on wild pitch30
        Moreland singled to right, Benintendi scored20
        Benintendi singled to left, Betts scored, Benintendi to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Cam Bedrosian relieved Keynan Middleton
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Bradley lined out to right
        • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Barnes Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Calhoun lined out to left
        • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Maldonado walked
        • B. Revere: Ball, Maldonado to second on fielder's indifference, Strike looking, Strike looking, Revere singled to center, Maldonado scored
        • Luis Valbuena hit for Cliff Pennington
        • L. Valbuena: Ball, Revere to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
        • Y. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Keynan Middleton relieved Jose Alvarez
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • H. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
        • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Martin Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Ball, Trout grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pujols walked
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cron singled to center, Pujols to second
        • Matt Barnes relieved Kyle Martin
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Cron out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jose Alvarez relieved Yusmeiro Petit
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Holt grounded out to second
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Betts to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pedroia grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Kyle Martin relieved Chris Sale
        • M. Maldonado: Maldonado homered to left
        • B. Revere: Ball, Revere grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Pennington: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pennington grounded out to second
        • Y. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Y. Petit Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Bradley grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Trout walked
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron lined out to center
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Simmons singled to left, Trout to second
        • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Ricky Nolasco
        • Ben Revere in left
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pedroia struck out looking
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Moreland flied out to left
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Maldonado singled to center
        • B. Revere: Strike looking, Strike looking, Revere flied out to right
        • C. Pennington: Ball, Ball, Pennington doubled to deep right center, Maldonado to third
        • Y. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • R. Nolasco Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to right
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley singled to left
        • S. Leon: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Holt singled to left, Bradley to third
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts singled to left, Bradley scored, Holt to second
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pujols fouled out to first
        • C. Cron: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cron fouled out to first
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Simmons grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • R. Nolasco Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland flied out to right
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • S. Robinson: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
        • C. Pennington: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pennington singled to left center
        • Y. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Pennington out at second
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Trout struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Nolasco Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Holt grounded out to second
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Betts lined out to center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi flied out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Simmons struck out looking
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun lined out to left
        • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Nolasco Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts doubled to left center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Benintendi singled to left, Betts scored, Benintendi to second
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia grounded out to second, Benintendi to third
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Moreland singled to right, Benintendi scored
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez singled to right center, Moreland to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moreland scored, Ramirez to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts singled to right, Ramirez scored
        • J. Bradley: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Bradley doubled to deep right, Bogaerts scored, Bradley out at third
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Leon grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • Y. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar flied out to deep center
        • M. Trout: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols flied out to deep right
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)