Sale fans 12, Boston tops Rangers 6-1; Red Sox head to Bronx

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Chris Sale wishes he could be on the mound for the Boston Red Sox in their next series at Yankee Stadium.

Sale will have to settle for a spot along the dugout rail to watch the highly anticipated showdown after his 12-strikeout performance for the Red Sox, who beat the Texas Rangers 6-1 Sunday to maintain their AL East lead.

''They're rolling, we're catching our stride again. And it'll be fun,'' Sale said. ''This is our first time going up to New York, so I wish I was getting the ball in one of those games. But there's only so much you can do.''

The lefty did his part against the Rangers with his season high for strikeouts while lowering his ERA to 2.02. Sale (3-1) allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He walked one and hit two batters.

The Red Sox have a major league-best 25-9 record and a one-game lead over the Yankees. Boston has won eight of 12 since its season-long losing streak of three games.

Boston took two of three from the Yankees at Fenway Park earlier this season, but New York has won 15 of 16 overall going into a three-game set that begins Tuesday night.

J.D. Martinez and Sandy Leon homered for the Red Sox, who took three of four in Texas to start a 10-game road trip that matches their longest of the season.

The Rangers have lost their first six home series in a season for the first time. They are 5-15 at home.

Sale got his first five outs by strikeouts and the only run against him was Ryan Rua's homer in the seventh.

''He got sharper,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ''The stuff that he brings, a fastball 92-97, and he puts it where he wants to ... very minimal pitches in the middle of the zone. Everything else is out on the edges.''

The Rangers had the bases loaded in the second on a hit batsman, a single and an error before Sale stabbed a comeback liner by Carlos Perez. Sale put his glove up and his head down for the inning-ending out.

Sale, the Florida native, loved the sunny conditions with temperatures in the mid-80s.

''Little bit easier to stay loose,'' he said. ''Just had a good rhythm, too. Lot of things combined, I gained a little bit more within myself, too.''

Doug Fister (1-3) allowed six runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings, with five strikeouts and two walks.

''I felt really good, and location was OK, but this is a good ballclub, a big league club that puts you in the situation, it's make or break,'' said Fister, who made 15 starts for the Red Sox last season.

Boston went ahead to stay in the first when Mookie Betts, after a leadoff single and being hit in the back by a throw, scored on a double by Mitch Moreland. Martinez doubled in the third and came home on a single by Xander Bogaerts.

Martinez got his eighth homer of the season, and third in five games, with a solo shot in the seventh. That was an inning after Leon's first homer, which came immediately after Fister hit Jackie Bradley Jr. with a 1-2 pitch.

''It's big,'' manager Alex Cora said of the homers. ''It seems like we're one swing away every day from creating a rally. ... It seems like we're always one baserunner away from two runs.''

SHORT HOPS

Right-handed starters are 1-15 with a 7.48 ERA in 26 games against the Red Sox this season. ... Rangers leadoff hitter Delino DeShields extended his career-best hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the third inning. It's the longest streak by a Rangers player this season. ... Texas struck out 52 times in the four-game series.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Betts left the game in the second inning because of a bruised right shoulder. He was hit on the upper back by first baseman Ronald Guzman's throw when running to second base in the first inning. Betts batted again in the second before getting replaced in the field in the bottom of that inning.

''He's OK,'' Cora said. ''He didn't feel great. So I just took him out. It just makes sense for us. He's got a day and a half off and it should be something day-to-day. He should be hopefully ready for Tuesday.''

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor (left hamstring) was scheduled to play five innings in the field at Double-A Frisco. He will need to play a few more games there before the Rangers decide if he's ready to rejoin them.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: After a day off Monday, the Red Sox open the series against the Yankees. Drew Pomeranz is expected to start for Boston vs. Luis Severino.

Rangers: Matt Moore (1-4), who allowed 10 runs over four innings in his last start, takes the mound when Texas opens a three-game series at home against Detroit.

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BOS25-9
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TEX13-23
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  • W: C. Sale (3-1)L: D. Fister (1-3)
  • HR: BOS - J. Martinez (8), S. Leon (1), TEX - R. Rua (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF21100001.355.434.8181.2522.0
B. Swihart LF30100000.160.250.200.4501.0
A. Benintendi LF-CF50000021.244.333.395.728-1.0
J. Martinez DH42211110.349.396.6191.0159.5
M. Moreland 1B40210001.347.407.6531.0604.0
X. Bogaerts SS40110013.333.363.587.9491.5
R. Devers 3B40000014.260.308.458.766-0.5
E. Nunez 2B41100000.229.260.364.6252.0
J. Bradley CF-RF31000020.178.264.271.5351.0
S. Leon C31231100.154.214.231.44510.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. DeShields CF30100010.308.357.446.8035.5
    S. Choo DH40000022.245.329.417.746-1.0
    I. Kiner-Falefa 2B30000111.244.293.360.6540.5
    N. Mazara RF30000022.278.333.481.8150.0
    J. Profar SS40100002.224.321.347.6681.0
    R. Nunez 3B40200022.167.235.300.5351.0
    R. Rua LF41111024.203.235.344.5795.0
    R. Guzman 1B40000033.183.222.333.556-1.5
    C. Perez C30000013.125.160.125.285-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Martinez (8), M. Moreland (7)
      • HR - J. Martinez (8), S. Leon
      • RBI - J. Martinez (27), M. Moreland (17), X. Bogaerts (16), S. Leon 3 (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - X. Bogaerts (10), S. Leon 3 (4)
      BATTING
      • HR - R. Rua (2)
      • RBI - R. Rua (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. DeShields 2 (6)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Devers (8)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - N. Mazara (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 3-1)7.041111212.020.9431.0
      M. Barnes1.00000002.510.983.0
      C. Smith1.01000204.221.593.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 3-1)7.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      C. Smith1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Fister (L, 1-3)6.19662524.021.53-1.5
      J. Chavez1.21000105.231.552.5
      T. Barnette1.00000102.570.573.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Fister (L, 1-3)6.1
      J. Chavez1.2
      T. Barnette1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Sale 2 (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 103-71, M. Barnes 9-5, C. Smith 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 6-3, M. Barnes 3-0, C. Smith 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 28, M. Barnes 3, C. Smith 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Fister (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 103-65, J. Chavez 33-25, T. Barnette 8-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 8-5, J. Chavez 3-1, T. Barnette 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Fister 30, J. Chavez 6, T. Barnette 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BOS25-9
      1010031006101
      TEX13-23
      000000100150
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF21100001.355.434.8181.2522.0
      B. Swihart LF30100000.160.250.200.4501.0
      A. Benintendi LF-CF50000021.244.333.395.728-1.0
      J. Martinez DH42211110.349.396.6191.0159.5
      M. Moreland 1B40210001.347.407.6531.0604.0
      X. Bogaerts SS40110013.333.363.587.9491.5
      R. Devers 3B40000014.260.308.458.766-0.5
      E. Nunez 2B41100000.229.260.364.6252.0
      J. Bradley CF-RF31000020.178.264.271.5351.0
      S. Leon C31231100.154.214.231.44510.0
      Total36610622710-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. DeShields CF30100010.308.357.446.8035.5
        S. Choo DH40000022.245.329.417.746-1.0
        I. Kiner-Falefa 2B30000111.244.293.360.6540.5
        N. Mazara RF30000022.278.333.481.8150.0
        J. Profar SS40100002.224.321.347.6681.0
        R. Nunez 3B40200022.167.235.300.5351.0
        R. Rua LF41111024.203.235.344.5795.0
        R. Guzman 1B40000033.183.222.333.556-1.5
        C. Perez C30000013.125.160.125.285-0.5
        Total32151111419-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Martinez (8), M. Moreland (7)
          • HR - J. Martinez (8), S. Leon
          • RBI - J. Martinez (27), M. Moreland (17), X. Bogaerts (16), S. Leon 3 (5)
          • 2-Out RBI - X. Bogaerts (10), S. Leon 3 (4)
          BATTING
          • HR - R. Rua (2)
          • RBI - R. Rua (5)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - D. DeShields 2 (6)
          FIELDING
          • E - R. Devers (8)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - N. Mazara (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sale (W, 3-1)7.041111212.020.9431.0
          M. Barnes1.00000002.510.983.0
          C. Smith1.01000204.221.593.0
          Total9.05111141---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sale (W, 3-1)7.0
          M. Barnes1.0
          C. Smith1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Fister (L, 1-3)6.19662524.021.53-1.5
          J. Chavez1.21000105.231.552.5
          T. Barnette1.00000102.570.573.5
          Total9.01066272---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Fister (L, 1-3)6.1
          J. Chavez1.2
          T. Barnette1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. Sale 2 (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 103-71, M. Barnes 9-5, C. Smith 15-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 6-3, M. Barnes 3-0, C. Smith 1-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Sale 28, M. Barnes 3, C. Smith 4
          PITCHING
          • HBP - D. Fister (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 103-65, J. Chavez 33-25, T. Barnette 8-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 8-5, J. Chavez 3-1, T. Barnette 1-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Fister 30, J. Chavez 6, T. Barnette 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Rua homered to right61
            Martinez homered to right60
          • 6TH INNING
            Leon homered to right, Nunez and Bradley scored50
          • 3RD INNING
            Bogaerts singled to left, Martinez scored, Bogaerts to second20
          • 1ST INNING
            Moreland doubled to deep right, Betts scored, Martinez to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Tony Barnette relieved Jesse Chavez
            • B. Swihart: Swihart grounded out to first
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Benintendi flied out to shallow right
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Carson Smith relieved Matt Barnes
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Profar grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nunez reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • R. Rua: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
            • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Nunez to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Nunez to third on fielder's indifference, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Chavez Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Nunez grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Leon grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Barnes relieved Chris Sale
            • S. Choo: Ball, Choo grounded out to third
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Mazara grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez homered to right
            • Jesse Chavez relieved Doug Fister
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Moreland singled to left
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts flied out to deep left
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • R. Rua: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rua homered to right
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • C. Perez: Strike looking, Perez flied out to right
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, DeShields grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nunez singled to left
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Bradley hit by pitch, Nunez to second
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Leon homered to right, Nunez and Bradley scored
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swihart grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • J. Profar: Profar grounded out to second
            • R. Nunez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi flied out to center
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Martinez lined out to center
            • M. Moreland: Moreland grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • C. Perez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • D. DeShields: Foul, Foul, Ball, DeShields hit by pitch
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Foul, Choo flied out to shallow center
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike swinging, Ball, DeShields stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to first
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez lined out to left
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bradley grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Leon walked
            • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Swihart singled to right, Leon out at third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • R. Nunez: Strike swinging, Nunez singled to shallow center
            • R. Rua: Rua grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Nunez out at second
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez doubled to left
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland grounded out to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to left, Martinez scored, Bogaerts to second
            • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Devers flied out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, DeShields singled to center
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Foul, Ball, DeShields stole second, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa walked
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Profar grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez grounded out to third
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
            • S. Leon: Ball, Leon singled to center
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Betts lined out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Blake Swihart in left
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Mazara hit by pitch
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Profar singled to right, Mazara to second
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • R. Rua: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error, Mazara to third, Profar to second
            • C. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Perez lined out to pitcher
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Betts singled to right
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Benintendi grounded out to first, Betts to second
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Moreland doubled to deep right, Betts scored, Martinez to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts reached on fielder's choice to third, Martinez out at home
            • R. Devers: Devers grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)