Sale shuts out Rays for 6; Pedroia hits homer as Sox win 9-0

BOSTON (AP) For a change, Boston's hitters made it a much easier night for Chris Sale.

Sale struck out eight over six innings and Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run homer in the first to get Boston's offense off to a fast start, carrying the Red Sox to a 9-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.

It was the fourth consecutive win for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who remained 4 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Yankees.

Andrew Benintendi had three hits and three RBIs and Mitch Moreland drove in three for Boston.

''The early runs were also helpful in not making a stressful outing, with the six innings of work,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''He was able to pitch comfortably.''

Fifteen times in his 28 starts, the Red Sox had scored three or fewer runs when Sale was in the game.

''I appreciate them going off tonight,'' he said.

Tampa Bay lost its third in a row, and has allowed nine runs or more in each game. The Rays entered the day 4 1/2 games behind the AL's second wild-card spot.

Danny Espinosa had three singles for the Rays.

Sale (16-7) allowed six singles, walked two and increased his major-league leading strikeout total to 278. He lowered his ERA to 2.76.

Carson Smith, Heath Hembree and Blaine Boyer each worked an inning in relief.

Matt Andriese (5-3) got just five outs, giving up eight runs - six earned - and seven hits.

''Just not one of those good days,'' he said. ''I was out there throwing strikes, but they were too hittable pitches.''

For the second straight night, the Red Sox took control early, putting this one away by scoring three in the first and five in the second.

''That's the second night in a row we kind of got beat up in the first inning and it kind of carried over,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''When you're facing a guy like Chris Sale, it's tough to come back.''

Boston won the series opener on Friday, 9-3.

Pedroia homered into the first row of Green Monster seats after Eduardo Nunez singled, making it 2-0. Moreland's groundout scored the other run.

In the second, Benintendi had a two-run double off the Monster, lefty hitter Moreland a two-run single after Mookie Betts, a right-handed batter, was intentionally walked by righty Andriese, and the fifth run scored on third baseman Evan Longoria's throwing error.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: OF Steven Sousa Jr. was out after leaving Friday's game with a bruised left knee he sustained running into a side wall along the right-field line.

Red Sox: INF Nunez limped out of the game after beating out an infield hit with a bruised right knee. He returned to the lineup after missing Friday's game with minor back spasms, then singled in his first at-bat, stole second but got up gingerly after a headfirst slide. Farrell said he was likely out Sunday. . LHP David Price (left elbow inflammation) threw two simulated innings. ''A good step obviously in his progression to game activity,'' Farrell said.

WATCHING IRMA

Sale lives in Fort Myers, Florida and his family lives in the area, too. He's watching the hurricane closely, keeping tabs on everyone.

''I think everyone knows that thing's going right where I live and it's rolling. You think about it and at the same time I have a job to do,'' he said. ''It's tough. Everybody in my family lives down there. My wife and kids came up here. My in-laws are staying with my sister and my parents are getting out of there tomorrow. Everyone's safe, but it's still scary.''

GOOD RUN

Sale had struck out 12 or more each of the four times he faced the Rays this season. No pitcher had fanned 12 or more in five straight against a team in the last 100 years.

Bob Gibson, Nolan Ryan, Sam McDowell and Randy Johnson (twice) are the only others to do it four straight against a team.

NICE ANNIVERSARY

Pedroia's first career homer came 11 years ago, also going over the Monster.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Alex Cobb (10-9, 3.64 ERA) is set to start the series finale Sunday. The Boston-born righty, a big Red Sox fan until he signed with the Rays in 2006, is 4-1 with a 3.34 ERA in his career in Fenway Park.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (9-16, 4.67) is in line to start. He's 1-2 in his last three with a 6.48 ERA.

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RaysTB70-73
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Red SoxBOS81-61
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  • W: C. Sale (16-7)L: M. Andriese (5-3)
  • HR: BOS - D. Pedroia (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Kiermaier CF30100001.279.343.451.7941.0
B. Miller 2B10000012.190.331.316.648-0.5
C. Puello LF40000024.125.125.125.250-1.0
E. Longoria 3B20100000.266.321.435.7571.0
a- C. Casali C20100000.500.500.5001.0001.0
L. Morrison 1B20000121.249.352.530.8821.0
T. Plouffe 3B40100003.207.275.326.6011.0
W. Ramos C20000001.226.260.360.6200.0
b- M. Smith CF20000012.272.333.364.697-0.5
A. Hechavarria SS30000022.249.277.372.648-1.0
c- J. Sucre PH10000000.258.295.390.6850.0
P. Bourjos RF40100020.225.275.388.6620.0
D. Espinosa SS30300000.176.250.285.5353.0
  • a-singled for Longoria in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Ramos in the 6th
  • c-grounded out for Boxberger in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Nunez SS21200000.312.340.458.7985.0
X. Bogaerts SS32200001.268.330.397.7274.0
D. Pedroia 2B22221200.304.381.409.79111.0
B. Holt 2B10000011.178.282.215.497-0.5
A. Benintendi LF51330002.274.357.433.7908.0
M. Betts RF32100114.262.343.435.7785.5
R. Davis RF10000002.231.292.344.6360.0
M. Moreland 1B40230110.250.332.435.7676.5
H. Ramirez DH40100012.243.326.431.7570.5
a- S. Travis DH10000011.306.393.429.821-0.5
R. Devers 3B51200014.308.369.527.8963.5
S. Leon C50000044.224.284.350.634-2.0
J. Bradley CF30000011.255.334.422.7560.5
  • a-struck out for H. Ramirez in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Benintendi (21), M. Moreland (29), R. Devers (8)
  • HR - D. Pedroia (7)
  • RBI - D. Pedroia 2 (56), A. Benintendi 3 (79), M. Moreland 3 (68)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi 3 (27), M. Moreland 2 (20)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Nunez (24), M. Betts (24)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Puello
  • E - E. Longoria (10), W. Ramos (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - M. Moreland, C. Sale, X. Bogaerts, B. Holt
  • PB - S. Leon (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Andriese (L, 5-3)1.27862214.461.39-16.0
J. Alvarado0.10000004.441.110.0
A. Pruitt4.05112504.951.446.5
D. Jennings1.02000103.861.431.5
B. Boxberger1.01000304.241.203.5
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Sale (W, 16-7)6.06001802.760.9525.0
C. Smith1.02000100.001.001.5
H. Hembree1.00000103.611.473.5
B. Boyer1.00000004.191.513.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Sale (W, 16-7)6.0
C. Smith1.0
H. Hembree1.0
B. Boyer1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Andriese
  • HBP - A. Pruitt (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Andriese 50-32, J. Alvarado 7-5, A. Pruitt 66-40, D. Jennings 22-15, B. Boxberger 23-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Andriese 2-1, J. Alvarado 2-0, A. Pruitt 1-5, D. Jennings 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Andriese 14, J. Alvarado 2, A. Pruitt 19, D. Jennings 5, B. Boxberger 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Sale (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 97-61, C. Smith 10-7, H. Hembree 7-6, B. Boyer 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 6-3, C. Smith 1-0, H. Hembree 1-1, B. Boyer 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Sale 25, C. Smith 4, H. Hembree 3, B. Boyer 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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RaysTB70-73
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Red SoxBOS81-61
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Kiermaier CF30100001.279.343.451.7941.0
B. Miller 2B10000012.190.331.316.648-0.5
C. Puello LF40000024.125.125.125.250-1.0
E. Longoria 3B20100000.266.321.435.7571.0
a- C. Casali C20100000.500.500.5001.0001.0
L. Morrison 1B20000121.249.352.530.8821.0
T. Plouffe 3B40100003.207.275.326.6011.0
W. Ramos C20000001.226.260.360.6200.0
b- M. Smith CF20000012.272.333.364.697-0.5
A. Hechavarria SS30000022.249.277.372.648-1.0
c- J. Sucre PH10000000.258.295.390.6850.0
P. Bourjos RF40100020.225.275.388.6620.0
D. Espinosa SS30300000.176.250.285.5353.0
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  • a-singled for Longoria in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Ramos in the 6th
  • c-grounded out for Boxberger in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Nunez SS21200000.312.340.458.7985.0
X. Bogaerts SS32200001.268.330.397.7274.0
D. Pedroia 2B22221200.304.381.409.79111.0
B. Holt 2B10000011.178.282.215.497-0.5
A. Benintendi LF51330002.274.357.433.7908.0
M. Betts RF32100114.262.343.435.7785.5
R. Davis RF10000002.231.292.344.6360.0
M. Moreland 1B40230110.250.332.435.7676.5
H. Ramirez DH40100012.243.326.431.7570.5
a- S. Travis DH10000011.306.393.429.821-0.5
R. Devers 3B51200014.308.369.527.8963.5
S. Leon C50000044.224.284.350.634-2.0
J. Bradley CF30000011.255.334.422.7560.5
Total399158141122-----
  • a-struck out for H. Ramirez in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Benintendi (21), M. Moreland (29), R. Devers (8)
  • HR - D. Pedroia (7)
  • RBI - D. Pedroia 2 (56), A. Benintendi 3 (79), M. Moreland 3 (68)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi 3 (27), M. Moreland 2 (20)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Nunez (24), M. Betts (24)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Puello
  • E - E. Longoria (10), W. Ramos (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - M. Moreland, C. Sale, X. Bogaerts, B. Holt
  • PB - S. Leon (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Andriese (L, 5-3)1.27862214.461.39-16.0
J. Alvarado0.10000004.441.110.0
A. Pruitt4.05112504.951.446.5
D. Jennings1.02000103.861.431.5
B. Boxberger1.01000304.241.203.5
Total8.015974111---
PITCHERSIP
M. Andriese (L, 5-3)1.2
J. Alvarado0.1
A. Pruitt4.0
D. Jennings1.0
B. Boxberger1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Sale (W, 16-7)6.06001802.760.9525.0
C. Smith1.02000100.001.001.5
H. Hembree1.00000103.611.473.5
B. Boyer1.00000004.191.513.0
Total9.08001100---
PITCHERSIP
C. Sale (W, 16-7)6.0
C. Smith1.0
H. Hembree1.0
B. Boyer1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Andriese
  • HBP - A. Pruitt (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Andriese 50-32, J. Alvarado 7-5, A. Pruitt 66-40, D. Jennings 22-15, B. Boxberger 23-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Andriese 2-1, J. Alvarado 2-0, A. Pruitt 1-5, D. Jennings 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Andriese 14, J. Alvarado 2, A. Pruitt 19, D. Jennings 5, B. Boxberger 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Sale (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 97-61, C. Smith 10-7, H. Hembree 7-6, B. Boyer 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 6-3, C. Smith 1-0, H. Hembree 1-1, B. Boyer 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Sale 25, C. Smith 4, H. Hembree 3, B. Boyer 3
  • 3RD INNING
    Benintendi singled to shallow right, Bogaerts scored, Pedroia to second09
  • 2ND INNING
    Ramirez safe at first on 3rd baseman Longoria fielding error, Betts scored, Moreland to second08
    Moreland singled to left, Pedroia and Benintendi scored, Betts to third07
    Benintendi doubled to left center, Devers and Bogaerts scored, Pedroia to third05
  • 1ST INNING
    Moreland grounded out to shortstop, Betts scored03
    Pedroia homered to left center, Nunez scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Blaine Boyer relieved Heath Hembree
    • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smith lined out to shortstop
    • Jesus Sucre hit for Brad Boxberger
    • J. Sucre: Ball, Sucre grounded out to second
    • P. Bourjos: Ball, Bourjos grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Heath Hembree relieved Carson Smith
    • C. Casali: Ball, Casali grounded out to first
    • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
    • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Plouffe flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brad Boxberger relieved Dan Jennings
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moreland doubled to deep right center
    • Sam Travis hit for Hanley Ramirez
    • S. Travis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
    • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
    • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Rajai Davis in right
    • Carson Smith relieved Chris Sale
    • P. Bourjos: Bourjos singled to right
    • D. Espinosa: Espinosa singled to shallow left center, Bourjos to second
    • B. Miller: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
    • C. Puello: Strike looking, Ball, Puello grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Espinosa out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Dan Jennings pitching
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bradley grounded out to shortstop
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts singled to shallow left
    • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Benintendi reached on an infield single to shortstop, Bogaerts to second
    • R. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Davis flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Curt Casali hit for Evan Longoria
    • C. Casali: Ball, Ball, Casali singled to center
    • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
    • T. Plouffe: Foul, Ball, Ball, Plouffe singled to deep left, Casali to third
    • Mallex Smith hit for Wilson Ramos
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brad Miller at second
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland walked
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
    • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Devers flied out to right
    • S. Leon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Sale Pitching:
    • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Hechavarria flied out to deep left
    • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bourjos struck out looking
    • D. Espinosa: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Espinosa singled to right
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier reached on an infield single to second, Espinosa to second
    • C. Puello: Foul, Puello grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Pruitt Pitching:
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bradley hit by pitch
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts lined out to center
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked, Bradley to second
    • Brock Holt ran for Dustin Pedroia
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Benintendi flied out to left
    • M. Betts: Betts lined out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Sale Pitching:
    • E. Longoria: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Longoria grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison hit by pitch
    • T. Plouffe: Ball, Ball, Plouffe popped out to shortstop
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Pruitt Pitching:
    • M. Moreland: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez singled to deep left, Ramirez out at second
    • R. Devers: Devers doubled to left center
    • S. Leon: Strike looking, Leon grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Sale Pitching:
    • D. Espinosa: Strike looking, Espinosa singled to right center
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Espinosa out at second
    • C. Puello: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Puello struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Austin Pruitt relieved Jose Alvarado
    • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley popped out to second
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • D. Pedroia: Pedroia singled to shallow right center, Bogaerts to second
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi singled to shallow right, Bogaerts scored, Pedroia to second
    • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Sale Pitching:
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos grounded out to third
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Hechavarria struck out on foul tip
    • P. Bourjos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Andriese Pitching:
    • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers singled to shallow center
    • S. Leon: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
    • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez reached on an infield single to third, Devers to second
    • Xander Bogaerts ran for Eduardo Nunez
    • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked, Devers to third, Bogaerts to second
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi doubled to left center, Devers and Bogaerts scored, Pedroia to third
    • M. Betts: Betts intentionally walked
    • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Moreland singled to left, Pedroia and Benintendi scored, Betts to third
    • Jose Alvarado relieved Matt Andriese
    • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez safe at first on 3rd baseman Longoria fielding error, Betts scored, Moreland to second
    • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers grounded out to catcher, Moreland to third, Ramirez to second
    • End of the 2nd (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Sale Pitching:
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier flied out to deep left
    • C. Puello: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Puello struck out swinging
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Longoria singled to shallow center
    • L. Morrison: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked, Longoria to second
    • T. Plouffe: Ball, Longoria to third on passed ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Plouffe grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Andriese Pitching:
    • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Nunez singled to deep left
    • D. Pedroia: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Nunez stole second, Ball, Ball, Pedroia homered to left center, Nunez scored
    • A. Benintendi: Benintendi lined out to center
    • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Betts singled to center
    • M. Moreland: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Betts to third on catcher Ramos fielding error, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Moreland grounded out to shortstop, Betts scored
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)