Sale and 2 relievers toss 4-hitter, Red Sox beat Jays 3-0

TORONTO (AP) Roughed up in Cleveland his last time out, Boston's Chris Sale couldn't wait to get back on the mound.

The down time between starts sure seemed to drag, however.

''It seemed like a month,'' Sale joked.

Maybe so, but it was definitely worth waiting for.

Sale and two relievers combined on a four-hitter, Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run and the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Sale (15-6) fanned 11 in his ML-best 17th double-digit strikeout game, raising his league-leading total to 264. His 15 wins lead the AL.

The left-hander, who matched a season-worst by allowing seven runs in his previous outing, gave up just three hits in seven innings.

''Anytime you go out there and have a bad one, you want to get right back out there,'' Sale said. ''As a competitor, that's what you want to do, you want to get back out there and right the ship.''

Red Sox manager John Farrell credited his ace for ''an outstanding effort.''

''That was a vintage Chris Sale outing,'' Farrell said. ''He was powerful, he threw a lot of strikes.''

Sale has not allowed a run in 22 innings against the Blue Jays this season.

''He's got that reputation, he's got the results,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

After Toronto DH Kendrys Morales hit a one-out double in the second inning, Sale retired 17 consecutive batters before Morales singled to begin the eighth.

Kevin Pillar chased Sale with a single, and Addison Reed came on to strike out pinch-hitter Ezequiel Carrera and Miguel Montero. Ryan Goins singled to load the bases for Steve Pearce, but he grounded into a fielder's choice.

''Reeder was huge there in that eighth inning,'' Sale said. ''I left him in a dumpster fire right there.''

Craig Kimbrel finished for his 31st save in 35 chances.

Toronto has lost nine of 11.

Sale caught Pillar looking at strike three in the second for the 1,500th strikeout of his career. Sale reached the milestone in 1,290 innings, quicker than any other pitcher. Kerry Wood did it in 1,303 innings.

''It's hard for me to fathom that a guy can record that many strikeouts in less than 1,300 innings,'' Farrell said. ''Really remarkable.''

Even Sale considered his achievement ''pretty crazy.''

''This game has been around a long time,'' he said. ''To do that, it's cool. I appreciate it. I try not to get too caught up in it but I definitely take a step back and look at that and appreciate it.''

Promoted from Triple-A Buffalo to make his first start for the Blue Jays, left-hander Brett Anderson (2-3) allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings

''I thought he was tremendous,'' Gibbons said. ''It was a great night for him. Opened a lot of eyes.''

Boston's Eduardo Nunez doubled in the first and tried to score on a two-out single by Mookie Betts, but was thrown out at home plate by right fielder Jose Bautista.

After Morales doubled in the second, Sale and Anderson combined to retire 22 consecutive batters before Boston's Rajai Davis hit a two-out single in the sixth. Davis stole second and scored the game's first run when Nunez blooped an RBI double past a sliding Bautista, who failed to make a backhanded catch.

Anderson left after Andrew Benintendi followed with an infield single. Dominic Leone came on and retired Betts to end the inning.

''As far as my first start with a new team, I couldn't really ask for much more,'' Anderson said.

Ramirez hit a two-out drive off Leone in the sixth, his 20th.

FAN-TASTIC

In three starts against Toronto this season, Sale has struck out 35 while walking two.

ROTATION RECORD

Anderson is the 14th pitcher to start for the Blue Jays this season, the most in team history. Toronto used 13 starting pitchers in 1979, 2002, and 2013.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP David Price (left elbow) is expected to throw off the mound Wednesday. Price last threw from the mound July 22, allowing six runs in five innings in a start against the Los Angeles Angels. ... 2B Dustin Pedroia (left knee) ran the bases and will do so again Wednesday. If all goes well, Pedroia hopes to return during Boston's upcoming series with the New York Yankees.

ROSTER REPORT

Toronto optioned RHP Leonel Campos to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Anderson and granted OF Nori Aoki his unconditional release. RHP T.J. House cleared waivers and was assigned to Buffalo.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (8-15, 4.75) won his first four starts in August before allowing a career worst 11 runs against Baltimore on Aug. 25.

Blue Jays: After going 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA in his first three August starts, LHP J.A. Happ (6-10, 4.10) is 0-2 with an 8.18 ERA in his past two outings.

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  • W: C. Sale (15-6)L: B. Anderson (2-3)S: C. Kimbrel (31)
  • HR: BOS - H. Ramirez (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Davis LF42200010.237.297.353.6507.5
E. Nunez 2B30210100.313.342.461.8036.0
A. Benintendi CF40210001.276.354.438.7927.0
M. Betts RF40100004.263.342.437.7793.0
X. Bogaerts SS40000032.274.335.404.738-1.5
R. Devers 3B40100010.284.341.543.8840.5
H. Ramirez 1B41111001.246.334.433.7676.0
M. Moreland 1B00000000.254.338.442.7800.0
C. Young DH40000010.237.322.398.720-0.5
S. Leon C30000020.235.299.367.666-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Pearce LF40000033.260.330.456.786-1.5
    R. Refsnyder 2B00000000.171.256.229.4850.0
    J. Donaldson 3B40000010.255.377.520.897-0.5
    J. Smoak 1B40000010.287.363.570.933-0.5
    J. Bautista RF40000030.207.315.377.692-1.5
    K. Morales DH30200000.247.306.441.7473.0
    K. Pillar CF30100011.253.300.402.7020.5
    D. Barney 2B20000011.223.265.292.558-0.5
    a- E. Carrera LF10000012.300.373.446.819-0.5
    M. Montero C30000022.227.312.368.680-1.0
    R. Goins SS30100020.227.277.337.6140.0
    • a-struck out for Barney in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Nunez 2 (30)
    • HR - H. Ramirez (20)
    • RBI - E. Nunez (53), A. Benintendi (72), H. Ramirez (50)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Nunez (16), H. Ramirez (21)
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Morales (22)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - R. Davis 2 (28), A. Benintendi 2 (17), M. Betts (20)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Bautista (8)
    • DP - D. Barney, R. Goins, J. Smoak
    • E - R. Tepera
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale (W, 15-6)7.030001102.770.9133.5
    A. Reed (H, 10)1.01000202.931.063.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 31)1.00000201.580.6711.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale (W, 15-6)7.0
    A. Reed (H, 10)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 31)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Anderson (L, 2-3)5.26110306.831.884.5
    D. Leone1.11110312.641.082.5
    R. Tepera1.02101203.261.091.0
    R. Osuna1.00000003.400.883.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Anderson (L, 2-3)5.2
    D. Leone1.1
    R. Tepera1.0
    R. Osuna1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 107-76, A. Reed 20-15, C. Kimbrel 22-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-5, A. Reed 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 24, A. Reed 4, C. Kimbrel 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 85-58, D. Leone 21-15, R. Tepera 25-12, R. Osuna 12-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 9-3, D. Leone 1-0, R. Tepera 1-0, R. Osuna 2-1
    • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 21, D. Leone 5, R. Tepera 6, R. Osuna 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Davis LF42200010.237.297.353.6507.5
    E. Nunez 2B30210100.313.342.461.8036.0
    A. Benintendi CF40210001.276.354.438.7927.0
    M. Betts RF40100004.263.342.437.7793.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40000032.274.335.404.738-1.5
    R. Devers 3B40100010.284.341.543.8840.5
    H. Ramirez 1B41111001.246.334.433.7676.0
    M. Moreland 1B00000000.254.338.442.7800.0
    C. Young DH40000010.237.322.398.720-0.5
    S. Leon C30000020.235.299.367.666-1.0
    Total343931188-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Pearce LF40000033.260.330.456.786-1.5
      R. Refsnyder 2B00000000.171.256.229.4850.0
      J. Donaldson 3B40000010.255.377.520.897-0.5
      J. Smoak 1B40000010.287.363.570.933-0.5
      J. Bautista RF40000030.207.315.377.692-1.5
      K. Morales DH30200000.247.306.441.7473.0
      K. Pillar CF30100011.253.300.402.7020.5
      D. Barney 2B20000011.223.265.292.558-0.5
      a- E. Carrera LF10000012.300.373.446.819-0.5
      M. Montero C30000022.227.312.368.680-1.0
      R. Goins SS30100020.227.277.337.6140.0
      Total3104000159-----
      • a-struck out for Barney in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Nunez 2 (30)
      • HR - H. Ramirez (20)
      • RBI - E. Nunez (53), A. Benintendi (72), H. Ramirez (50)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Nunez (16), H. Ramirez (21)
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Morales (22)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Davis 2 (28), A. Benintendi 2 (17), M. Betts (20)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Bautista (8)
      • DP - D. Barney, R. Goins, J. Smoak
      • E - R. Tepera
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 15-6)7.030001102.770.9133.5
      A. Reed (H, 10)1.01000202.931.063.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 31)1.00000201.580.6711.0
      Total9.04000150---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 15-6)7.0
      A. Reed (H, 10)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 31)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Anderson (L, 2-3)5.26110306.831.884.5
      D. Leone1.11110312.641.082.5
      R. Tepera1.02101203.261.091.0
      R. Osuna1.00000003.400.883.0
      Total9.0932181---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Anderson (L, 2-3)5.2
      D. Leone1.1
      R. Tepera1.0
      R. Osuna1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 107-76, A. Reed 20-15, C. Kimbrel 22-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-5, A. Reed 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 24, A. Reed 4, C. Kimbrel 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 85-58, D. Leone 21-15, R. Tepera 25-12, R. Osuna 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 9-3, D. Leone 1-0, R. Tepera 1-0, R. Osuna 2-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 21, D. Leone 5, R. Tepera 6, R. Osuna 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Benintendi singled to right, Davis scored, Nunez to third30
      • 7TH INNING
        Ramirez homered to center20
      • 6TH INNING
        Nunez doubled to right, Davis scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Rob Refsnyder at second
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Ryan Tepera
        • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Devers lined out to right
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • C. Young: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Young grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Addison Reed
        • Mitch Moreland at first
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • J. Bautista: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bautista flied out to deep center
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Tepera relieved Dominic Leone
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • R. Davis: Davis singled to center
        • E. Nunez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Davis stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Nunez walked
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Davis to third, Nunez to second on Tepera fielding error, Davis to third, Nunez to second, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Benintendi singled to right, Davis scored, Nunez to third
        • M. Betts: Ball, Benintendi stole second, Ball, Betts reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Nunez out at home, Benintendi to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Betts stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Morales singled to center
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pillar singled to center, Morales to second
        • Addison Reed relieved Chris Sale
        • Ezequiel Carrera hit for Darwin Barney
        • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Carrera struck out looking
        • M. Montero: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Montero struck out swinging
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goins singled to right, Morales to third, Pillar to second
        • S. Pearce: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pearce reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Goins out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Leone Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ramirez homered to center
        • C. Young: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Young struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Donaldson: Donaldson grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Smoak lined out to center
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bautista struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • C. Young: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Young fouled out to first
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Leon grounded out to first
        • R. Davis: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Davis singled to left
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Davis stole second, Ball, Ball, Nunez doubled to right, Davis scored
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi reached on an infield single to first, Nunez to third
        • Dominic Leone relieved Brett Anderson
        • M. Betts: Ball, Benintendi stole second, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Betts grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • M. Montero: Montero grounded out to second
        • R. Goins: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Devers: Devers lined out to left
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Morales popped out to second
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Pillar flied out to right
        • D. Barney: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Barney struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Nunez grounded out to first
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to first
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Betts grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Donaldson popped out to shortstop
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to third
        • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bautista struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • C. Young: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Young grounded out to third
        • S. Leon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • M. Montero: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Montero struck out looking
        • R. Goins: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Devers singled to right
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Devers out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
        • K. Morales: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales doubled to left center
        • K. Pillar: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pillar struck out looking
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Barney grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Ball, Foul, Davis grounded out to third
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Nunez doubled to deep center
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Betts singled to right, Nunez out at home
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to third
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak flied out to deep center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)