Sale reaches 300 Ks, Red Sox clinch after blanking Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Sale was at his very best - right down to his momentous last pitch - in another meaningful victory for the Boston Red Sox.

Sale struck out 13 to become the first AL pitcher in 18 years to reach the 300 mark, and the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth hours after beating the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 on Wednesday night.

Boston (88-64) was assured at least a wild card and its second consecutive trip to the postseason when the Los Angeles Angels lost 6-5 to the Cleveland Indians. Of course, the Red Sox are looking for much more than that. They lead the AL East by three games over the rival New York Yankees with 10 to play as Boston pursues its third division title in five years.

''Given where we are in the standings and what is at stake, every win is important,'' manager John Farrell said. ''Just getting into the playoffs is not our goal.''

Sale (17-7) reached the milestone on his 111th and final pitch, a called third strike against Ryan Flaherty to end the eighth inning. The last AL pitcher to fan 300 batters in a season was Boston's Pedro Martinez in 1999, when he set a club record with 313.

Farrell sent Sale back out for the eighth inning to give him a shot at getting No. 300.

Thing is, the left-hander had no idea he was at 299 when the inning started.

''No, I didn't,'' Sale said. ''I went out there and struck out the last guy and everyone started losing it. I knew I was close, but I didn't know I needed just one more.''

Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero homered for the Red Sox.

After winning two straight 11-inning games over the skidding Orioles, Boston jumped to a 6-0 lead in the fifth and coasted to its 11th win in 14 games.

Betts and Marrero hit two-run homers in the fourth against Wade Miley (8-14), and Hanley Ramirez added a two-run double in the fifth.

Sale allowed four hits and walked none in matching his career high for wins.

''A dominant performance after a year that has been a dominant one,'' Farrell said.

Sale reached double figures in strikeouts for the 18th time this season. He is the 14th pitcher in the so-called Live Ball Era (1920-present) to ring up 300 strikeouts in a season.

It was his 10th scoreless outing of the season, tying the team record held by Babe Ruth (1916) and Martinez (2000 and 2002).

''It was fun. I felt good tonight,'' he said.

Sale faced a Baltimore lineup that was lacking two of its better hitters. Manny Machado was held out with an illness that manager Buck Showalter said the third baseman had been dealing with for nearly two weeks, and shortstop Tim Beckham was unavailable after having a wisdom tooth removed.

Not that it would have made much of a difference against Sale.

''He's one of the best pitchers in the game and couple in the fact that we're not really operating on all cylinders offensively, you end up with a shutout,'' Showalter said.

In a streak that began in the sixth inning Monday night, Baltimore has gone 26 straight innings without scoring. The Orioles (73-80) were in the playoff hunt before losing 12 of their last 14 games.

SLUMP BUSTER

Boston's Dustin Pedroia doubled in two runs in the eighth inning to snap an 0-for-18 skid. He missed Tuesday night's game with a bruised nose.

PRICE CLOSING?

The Red Sox have plenty of pitchers in the bullpen, perhaps none more accomplished than former Cy Young Award winner David Price.

Price has been pitching in relief since returning from the DL on Sept. 14.

''He is available for multiple innings of relief tonight,'' Farrell said before the game. ''I wouldn't be surprised if he were closing the game out.''

FILLING OUT THE FIELD

Boston joins AL Central champion Cleveland and AL West champion Houston in the American League playoffs, which begin next month. Two spots are still up for grabs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: INF Eduardo Nunez (knee sprain) fielded grounders and did some running but still has a way to go before returning to the lineup. ''While the hitting and fielding portion has improved, we find that the running portion is going to take longer than we first anticipated,'' Farrell said.

Orioles: Closer Zach Britton will likely be shut down for the season. He's going to get a stem-cell injection in his left knee, and it would probably be foolish to test him again in a season that's gone south. ''The most important thing for me is to be healthy going into next season,'' he said.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: After a day off Thursday, Boston sends 17-game loser Rick Porcello to the mound in the opener of a three-game interleague series at Cincinnati.

Orioles: Gabriel Ynoa (1-2, 4.18 ERA) helps Baltimore launch a four-game series Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, who - like the Orioles - remain only mathematically alive in the playoff chase.

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  • W: C. Sale (17-7)L: W. Miley (8-14)
  • HR: BOS - D. Marrero (4), M. Betts (23)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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D. Pedroia 2B50120005.301.374.404.7784.0
B. Holt PR-2B00000000.190.295.230.5250.0
A. Benintendi LF42100112.278.357.434.7913.5
M. Betts RF43221100.263.343.456.79813.0
H. Ramirez DH51330010.242.322.428.7508.5
B. Swihart PR-DH00000000.250.400.250.6500.0
S. Travis 1B51100023.292.361.385.7461.0
D. Marrero 3B51121023.221.267.350.6176.0
S. Leon C30100211.223.291.342.6332.5
J. Bradley CF31000104.254.331.423.7542.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Hays RF40000020.259.286.444.730-1.0
    T. Mancini LF-1B40200010.293.337.499.8362.5
    J. Schoop 2B30000012.296.341.516.857-0.5
    C. Sisco C10100000.750.8331.7502.5831.0
    A. Jones CF30200011.282.320.464.7841.5
    A. Santander LF10100000.176.176.235.4122.0
    W. Castillo C30000023.283.320.494.814-1.0
    J. Rickard CF10000012.243.279.349.628-0.5
    M. Trumbo DH30000023.236.291.402.693-1.0
    C. Davis 1B30000010.214.308.421.729-0.5
    C. Joseph 3B00000000.262.293.423.7170.0
    J. Hardy SS30000010.215.253.309.562-0.5
    R. Flaherty 3B-2B30000020.211.302.237.539-1.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Pedroia (19), H. Ramirez 2 (22)
      • 3B - M. Betts (2)
      • HR - M. Betts (23), D. Marrero (4)
      • RBI - D. Pedroia 2 (60), M. Betts 2 (96), H. Ramirez 3 (58), D. Marrero 2 (27)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Pedroia 2 (27)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Mancini (25), A. Santander
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Davis (8), R. Flaherty
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 17-7)8.040001302.750.9536.5
      A. Maddox1.02000100.000.901.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 17-7)8.0
      A. Maddox1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Miley (L, 8-14)4.14664425.521.70-5.0
      M. Wright2.22001305.231.164.5
      T. Scott1.022221018.004.00-2.5
      J. Yacabonis1.02110003.451.400.0
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Miley (L, 8-14)4.1
      M. Wright2.2
      T. Scott1.0
      J. Yacabonis1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 111-77, A. Maddox 22-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-5, A. Maddox 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 27, A. Maddox 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 100-54, M. Wright 52-34, T. Scott 28-13, J. Yacabonis 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 7-3, M. Wright 2-2, T. Scott 1-1, J. Yacabonis 2-1
      • Batters Faced - W. Miley 22, M. Wright 10, T. Scott 7, J. Yacabonis 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BOS89-64
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      X. Bogaerts SS30000213.267.336.394.7301.5
      D. Pedroia 2B50120005.301.374.404.7784.0
      B. Holt PR-2B00000000.190.295.230.5250.0
      A. Benintendi LF42100112.278.357.434.7913.5
      M. Betts RF43221100.263.343.456.79813.0
      H. Ramirez DH51330010.242.322.428.7508.5
      B. Swihart PR-DH00000000.250.400.250.6500.0
      S. Travis 1B51100023.292.361.385.7461.0
      D. Marrero 3B51121023.221.267.350.6176.0
      S. Leon C30100211.223.291.342.6332.5
      J. Bradley CF31000104.254.331.423.7542.0
      Total37910927821-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        A. Hays RF40000020.259.286.444.730-1.0
        T. Mancini LF-1B40200010.293.337.499.8362.5
        J. Schoop 2B30000012.296.341.516.857-0.5
        C. Sisco C10100000.750.8331.7502.5831.0
        A. Jones CF30200011.282.320.464.7841.5
        A. Santander LF10100000.176.176.235.4122.0
        W. Castillo C30000023.283.320.494.814-1.0
        J. Rickard CF10000012.243.279.349.628-0.5
        M. Trumbo DH30000023.236.291.402.693-1.0
        C. Davis 1B30000010.214.308.421.729-0.5
        C. Joseph 3B00000000.262.293.423.7170.0
        J. Hardy SS30000010.215.253.309.562-0.5
        R. Flaherty 3B-2B30000020.211.302.237.539-1.0
        Total32060001411-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Pedroia (19), H. Ramirez 2 (22)
          • 3B - M. Betts (2)
          • HR - M. Betts (23), D. Marrero (4)
          • RBI - D. Pedroia 2 (60), M. Betts 2 (96), H. Ramirez 3 (58), D. Marrero 2 (27)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Pedroia 2 (27)
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Mancini (25), A. Santander
          FIELDING
          • E - C. Davis (8), R. Flaherty
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sale (W, 17-7)8.040001302.750.9536.5
          A. Maddox1.02000100.000.901.5
          Total9.06000140---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sale (W, 17-7)8.0
          A. Maddox1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          W. Miley (L, 8-14)4.14664425.521.70-5.0
          M. Wright2.22001305.231.164.5
          T. Scott1.022221018.004.00-2.5
          J. Yacabonis1.02110003.451.400.0
          Total9.01099782---
          PITCHERSIP
          W. Miley (L, 8-14)4.1
          M. Wright2.2
          T. Scott1.0
          J. Yacabonis1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 111-77, A. Maddox 22-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-5, A. Maddox 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Sale 27, A. Maddox 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 100-54, M. Wright 52-34, T. Scott 28-13, J. Yacabonis 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 7-3, M. Wright 2-2, T. Scott 1-1, J. Yacabonis 2-1
          • Batters Faced - W. Miley 22, M. Wright 10, T. Scott 7, J. Yacabonis 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Ramirez singled to center, Betts scored90
          • 8TH INNING
            Pedroia doubled to right, Travis and Bradley scored, Bogaerts to third80
          • 5TH INNING
            Ramirez doubled to left, Benintendi and Betts scored60
          • 4TH INNING
            Marrero homered to center, Ramirez scored40
            Betts homered to left center, Benintendi scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Caleb Joseph at third
            • Joey Rickard in center
            • Chance Sisco catching
            • Anthony Santander in left
            • Jimmy Yacabonis relieved Tanner Scott
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts tripled to deep center
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ramirez singled to center, Betts scored
            • Blake Swihart ran for Hanley Ramirez
            • S. Travis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Travis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Swihart out at second
            • D. Marrero: Marrero grounded out to second, Travis to second
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Leon popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Maddox Pitching:
            • J. Rickard: Joey Rickard facing Austin Maddox
            • C. Sisco: Chance Sisco facing Austin Maddox
            • Austin Maddox relieved Chris Sale
            • A. Santander: Anthony Santander facing Austin Maddox
            • A. Hays: Ball, Hays fouled out to first
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Mancini grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Joseph: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Joseph reached on an infield single to second
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rickard struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Tanner Scott relieved Mike Wright
            • S. Travis: Ball, Travis singled to right
            • D. Marrero: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marrero struck out swinging
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Leon walked, Travis to second
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley reached on fielder's choice to first, Travis to third, Leon out at second
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked, Bradley to second
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia doubled to right, Travis and Bradley scored, Bogaerts to third
            • Brock Holt ran for Dustin Pedroia
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi lined out to right
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Davis grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Hardy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hardy grounded out to third
            • R. Flaherty: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Flaherty struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Wright Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to second
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ramirez popped out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mancini doubled to left
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • A. Jones: Jones singled to center, Mancini to third
            • W. Castillo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
            • M. Trumbo: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Wright Pitching:
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Leon singled to center
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bradley walked, Leon to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts lined out to center
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pedroia grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bradley out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Hardy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hardy struck out looking
            • R. Flaherty: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Flaherty grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Hays: Hays grounded out to first
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts walked, Benintendi to second
            • Mike Wright relieved Wade Miley
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez doubled to left, Benintendi and Betts scored
            • S. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Travis struck out looking
            • D. Marrero: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marrero struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Castillo flied out to left
            • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Trumbo struck out on foul tip
            • C. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Davis popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi singled to shallow left
            • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Betts homered to left center, Benintendi scored
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez doubled to right center
            • S. Travis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
            • D. Marrero: Foul, Ball, Marrero homered to center, Ramirez scored
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bradley safe at first on 1st baseman Davis fielding error
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • A. Hays: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hays struck out swinging
            • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mancini reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • J. Schoop: Schoop lined out to third
            • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • D. Marrero: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Marrero safe at first on shortstop Flaherty fielding error
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Leon walked, Marrero to second
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley grounded out to first, Marrero to third, Leon to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts walked
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia lined into double play shortstop to second, Leon out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • J. Hardy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hardy flied out to deep center
            • R. Flaherty: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Flaherty struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts grounded out to second
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
            • S. Travis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Travis flied out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • A. Jones: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jones singled to shallow left
            • W. Castillo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
            • M. Trumbo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Trumbo grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Jones out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to second
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia popped out to shortstop
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • A. Hays: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hays struck out swinging
            • T. Mancini: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Schoop lined out to center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)