Sale strikes out 13 Rays, Red Sox win seventh straight, 2-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Working on six days' rest, Chris Sale followed up his worst start of the season with one of his best.

Sale allowed two hits and struck out 13 in eight innings, and the Boston Red Sox won their seventh straight, 2-0 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. Last Wednesday, Sale gave up seven runs in five innings against Cleveland.

''To be honest, I was flat-out embarrassed last time I was on a baseball field,'' Sale said. ''You have some added fuel when you don't do so well your last time out. I wanted to come back and be good for this one.''

He was more than just good. Sale reached double digits in strikeouts for the 15th time this season, the first time that's been done since Randy Johnson in 2002.

The win pushed Boston's AL East lead over the New York Yankees to four games.

Dustin Pedroia, back in the Boston lineup as a DH after a stint on the disabled list, scored the first run on a fielder's choice in the fourth. A bad throw by Austin Pruitt (6-3) prevented a possible inning-ending double play on Rafael Devers' chopper to the mound.

It was the only run allowed by Pruitt in his fourth major league start.

The Rays were shut out for the third time in four games. The Brewers held them scoreless on Saturday and Sunday.

''We need to find a way to win when our pitchers do so well,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''The offense is going to get going. We ran into a little buzzsaw against Milwaukee, and Chris Sale is the biggest buzzsaw.''

Sale (14-4) gave up singles to Wilson Ramos in the fifth and Peter Bourjos in the sixth. The Rays did not get a runner to second base until the seventh, when Sale followed a walk to Logan Morrison with a wild pitch.

''Any pitcher can go out and dominate the first couple innings,'' said Jackie Bradley Jr., who drove in Boston's other run with a ninth-inning single. ''He was able to do it throughout the game. That's what makes him a special pitcher.''

Sale, who leads the majors with 229 strikeouts in 23 starts, has struck out at least 12 in all four of his starts against the Rays.

Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 28th save.

Eduardo Nunez and Xander Bogaerts each had three of Boston's 12 hits.

PEDROIA'S RETURN

Pedroia, who missed eight games with left knee inflammation, hopes to return to second base for Wednesday night's game. ''We'll see tomorrow,'' he said after going 0-for-3 with a walk. ''Hopefully I'll wake up and not have any problems. I'm just kind of getting back into it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP David Price, on the 10-day disabled list with elbow inflammation, threw nearly 30 fastballs on Tuesday and will be re-evaluated Wednesday. ... 1B-DH Hanley Ramirez, sidelined since Friday with a sore oblique muscle, might be in the lineup Wednesday night, manager John Farrell said.

Rays: RHP Alex Cobb was placed on the 10-day disabled list with turf toe. LHP Blake Snell replaced Cobb on the roster and will pitch Thursday night against Cleveland. ... RHP Matt Andriese, on the 60-day DL with a right hip stress reaction, threw batting practice Tuesday and might make a rehab start this weekend.

UP NEXT

RHP Rick Porcello will pitch Wednesday night against Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi (6-4), who missed two rotation turns due to a lower back strain. Porcello (5-14) pitched a complete game at Tropicana Field on July 8, but lost 1-0.

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  • W: C. Sale (14-4)L: A. Pruitt (6-3)S: C. Kimbrel (28)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Nunez 2B50300003.323.349.470.8195.0
D. Pedroia DH41000104.303.378.406.7842.0
A. Benintendi LF40200011.272.356.420.7763.5
M. Betts RF40100024.269.343.460.8030.0
R. Devers 3B40010003.319.396.553.9491.0
X. Bogaerts SS41300000.285.339.408.7476.0
M. Moreland 1B40100024.242.329.424.7540.0
S. Leon C40000022.240.296.383.678-1.0
J. Bradley CF40210000.261.333.435.7683.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    P. Bourjos CF40100030.237.281.420.700-0.5
    T. Plouffe 3B30000021.208.272.335.607-1.0
    a- L. Duda PH10000010.254.360.546.906-0.5
    E. Longoria DH40000022.269.322.456.778-1.0
    L. Morrison 1B30000121.249.361.530.8910.0
    S. Souza RF30000021.267.369.513.882-1.0
    W. Ramos C30100011.187.219.319.5370.5
    A. Hechavarria SS30000012.246.261.302.563-0.5
    D. Robertson 2B30000011.220.308.356.664-0.5
    M. Smith LF30000010.280.347.373.720-0.5
    • a-struck out for Plouffe in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Nunez 2 (27)
    • RBI - R. Devers (7), J. Bradley (44)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Benintendi (13), X. Bogaerts (11)
    • Picked Off - E. Nunez (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Devers (2)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Smith
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale (W, 14-4)8.020011302.570.8837.5
    C. Kimbrel (S, 28)1.00000301.480.6811.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale (W, 14-4)8.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 28)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Pruitt (L, 6-3)6.07111505.141.539.5
    J. Alvarado0.11000005.231.21-1.0
    S. Romo1.21000105.511.322.5
    R. Stanek1.03110106.392.05-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Pruitt (L, 6-3)6.0
    J. Alvarado0.1
    S. Romo1.2
    R. Stanek1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Sale (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 112-80, C. Kimbrel 15-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-7
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 28, C. Kimbrel 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Pruitt 95-62, J. Alvarado 7-3, S. Romo 19-12, R. Stanek 25-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Pruitt 9-3, S. Romo 1-2, R. Stanek 1-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Pruitt 25, J. Alvarado 2, S. Romo 5, R. Stanek 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    E. Nunez 2B50300003.323.349.470.8195.0
    D. Pedroia DH41000104.303.378.406.7842.0
    A. Benintendi LF40200011.272.356.420.7763.5
    M. Betts RF40100024.269.343.460.8030.0
    R. Devers 3B40010003.319.396.553.9491.0
    X. Bogaerts SS41300000.285.339.408.7476.0
    M. Moreland 1B40100024.242.329.424.7540.0
    S. Leon C40000022.240.296.383.678-1.0
    J. Bradley CF40210000.261.333.435.7683.0
    Total37212201721-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      P. Bourjos CF40100030.237.281.420.700-0.5
      T. Plouffe 3B30000021.208.272.335.607-1.0
      a- L. Duda PH10000010.254.360.546.906-0.5
      E. Longoria DH40000022.269.322.456.778-1.0
      L. Morrison 1B30000121.249.361.530.8910.0
      S. Souza RF30000021.267.369.513.882-1.0
      W. Ramos C30100011.187.219.319.5370.5
      A. Hechavarria SS30000012.246.261.302.563-0.5
      D. Robertson 2B30000011.220.308.356.664-0.5
      M. Smith LF30000010.280.347.373.720-0.5
      Total3002001169-----
      • a-struck out for Plouffe in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Nunez 2 (27)
      • RBI - R. Devers (7), J. Bradley (44)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Benintendi (13), X. Bogaerts (11)
      • Picked Off - E. Nunez (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Devers (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Smith
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 14-4)8.020011302.570.8837.5
      C. Kimbrel (S, 28)1.00000301.480.6811.5
      Total9.02001160---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 14-4)8.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 28)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Pruitt (L, 6-3)6.07111505.141.539.5
      J. Alvarado0.11000005.231.21-1.0
      S. Romo1.21000105.511.322.5
      R. Stanek1.03110106.392.05-0.5
      Total9.01222170---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Pruitt (L, 6-3)6.0
      J. Alvarado0.1
      S. Romo1.2
      R. Stanek1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Sale (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 112-80, C. Kimbrel 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-7
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 28, C. Kimbrel 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Pruitt 95-62, J. Alvarado 7-3, S. Romo 19-12, R. Stanek 25-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Pruitt 9-3, S. Romo 1-2, R. Stanek 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Pruitt 25, J. Alvarado 2, S. Romo 5, R. Stanek 6
      • 9TH INNING
        Bradley singled to center, Bogaerts scored, Moreland to second20
      • 4TH INNING
        Devers reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Pedroia scored, Betts out at second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ryne Stanek relieved Sergio Romo
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts singled to center
        • M. Moreland: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Moreland singled to right, Bogaerts to third
        • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bradley singled to center, Bogaerts scored, Moreland to second
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Nunez flied out to right
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pedroia reached on fielder's choice to third, Moreland out at third
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Chris Sale
        • Lucas Duda hit for Trevor Plouffe
        • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • S. Romo Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia fouled out to third
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi singled to right
        • M. Betts: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Benintendi stole second, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Devers grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike swinging, Robertson flied out to right
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • P. Bourjos: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bourjos struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jose Alvarado relieved Austin Pruitt
        • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Leon flied out to deep left
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley reached on an infield single to second
        • Sergio Romo relieved Jose Alvarado
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Nunez flied into double play left to second to first, Bradley out at first
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
        • S. Souza: Souza reached on fielder's choice to first, Morrison out at second
        • W. Ramos: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Souza to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts singled to right
        • R. Devers: Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Devers flied out to left
        • X. Bogaerts: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts singled to center, Betts to third
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts stole second, Foul tip, Moreland struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith flied out to left
        • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Ball, Bourjos singled to left
        • T. Plouffe: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Plouffe struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Leon grounded out to second
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bradley grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Nunez doubled to deep left
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pedroia flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Souza struck out looking
        • W. Ramos: Foul, Ramos singled to deep center
        • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hechavarria flied out to right
        • D. Robertson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Robertson grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Benintendi singled to center, Pedroia to second
        • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Betts reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Pedroia to third, Benintendi out at second
        • R. Devers: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Devers reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Pedroia scored, Betts out at second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts singled to right, Devers to second
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • P. Bourjos: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
        • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Plouffe safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error
        • E. Longoria: Longoria flied out to center
        • L. Morrison: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
        • J. Bradley: Bradley grounded out to second
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Nunez singled to center
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Nunez picked off at first, pitcher to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hechavarria grounded out to first
        • D. Robertson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
        • M. Smith: Ball, Smith popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers grounded out to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to third
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison flied out to center
        • S. Souza: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ramos lined out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Nunez doubled to deep right
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia grounded out to second, Nunez to third
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to third
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • P. Bourjos: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bourjos struck out looking
        • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Plouffe struck out looking
        • E. Longoria: Longoria grounded out to first
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)