Sale strikes out 13 in 7 innings; Red Sox beat Mariners 5-0

BOSTON (AP) Chris Sale wasn't about to slow down the way he was pitching.

Sale struck out 13 over seven dazzling innings, Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer and the Boston Red Sox won the weekend and season series over the Seattle Mariners with a 5-0 victory on Sunday afternoon.

''You try to find a good rhythm and tempo, find a groove and keep it going,'' the 6-foot-6 lefty said after posting his first scoreless outing since going six shutout innings in his first start of the season.

He even had a solution when the Mariners' hitters started stepping out of the batter's box attempting to disrupt his rhythm.

''Keep throwing strikes,'' he said. ''Try to not let what's going on outside the zone affect you.''

Sale (7-4) gave up four hits, walked one and ended his day by striking out Mike Zunino swinging on a 100-mph fastball. Joe Kelly and Matt Barnes each pitched an inning to complete the four-hit shutout that only took 2 hours, 29 minutes.

Mostly mixing an overpowering fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s with a sharp-breaking slider in the low 80s, the lanky Sale was working quickly and dominant from the start.

He struck out 10 of the first 16 batters he faced, including the side in order in the fifth - the last two swinging on 99 mph fastballs.

''I'm glad that he's on my team and I don't have to face him,'' Moreland said. ''He's filthy and showed it again today.''

Jackie Bradley Jr. had three singles and Rafael Devers added an RBI double for Boston, which struggled offensively in a loss Saturday after putting up 14 runs and 20 hits in the series opener.

The Mariners have lost six of seven games and fell to 1-5 on their 10-game East Coast trip.

''Chris Sale was on top of his game, no doubt, and he had really good stuff today,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said. ''When he's got the off-speed pitches and the slider was really a dominant pitch for him today, like it often is.''

Marco Gonzales (7-5) gave up five runs on seven hits in six innings, striking out six without a walk. He was locked in a scoreless duel with Boston's ace in the fifth.

''He's a great pitcher,'' Gonzales said. ''I knew that I needed some good stuff today and I knew I needed to give our team the best chance to win and keep it a close game.''

The Red Sox broke ahead 3-0 in the fifth on the double by Devers, and sacrifice flies by Sandy Leon and Mookie Betts after Xander Bogaerts doubled leading off and Eduardo Nunez singled.

Moreland's homer into the center-field batter's eye made it 5-0 an inning later.

Gonzales was sharp early, spotting a fastball that broke into the low 90s along with a changeup, curveball and cutter. He had the hitters off-balance, causing a lot of weak or early swings until they began waiting on pitches. He had all six Ks through the first four innings.

Nelson Cruz had a two-out triple in the fourth, but was stranded when Ryon Healy struck out on a slider in the dirt.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: SS Jean Segura missed his fourth straight game with a right forearm infection.

Red Sox: RF Mookie Betts (sickness) and SS Bogaerts (strained left index finger) both returned to the lineup after missing Saturday's game. ''Good to have them both back in the lineup,'' manager Alex Cora said after his club was held to three singles in the first eight innings Saturday. . Cora also said that LHP Drew Pomeranz (10-day DL, left biceps tendinitis) will ramp up this week if things go well in his next bullpen session.

GOOD GLOVE

Betts made a semi-leaping grab on Mitch Haniger's fly ball to end the sixth with his back nearly up against the bullpen wall.

HOT BAT

Cruz went 1 for 4, finishing 8 for 13 in the series with two homers, seven RBIs and four runs scored.

SERIES EDGE

Boston won the season series, 4-3, which could come into play for homefield if the teams tied for the AL's Wild Card spot.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (6-6, 5.14 ERA) faces Orioles RHP Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.72) on Monday when Seattle opens the final stop of its trip with the first of a four games in Baltimore.

Red Sox: After and a day off Monday, LHP David Price (8-5, 3.81) goes for Boston against LHP John Lamb (0-0, 5.40) when the Angles come to Fenway Park for a three-game series beginning Tuesday.

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  • W: C. Sale (7-4)L: M. Gonzales (7-5)
  • HR: BOS - M. Moreland (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon 2B40000011.287.308.355.663-0.5
M. Haniger RF40000021.263.349.491.840-1.0
N. Cruz DH40100010.274.358.573.9302.5
R. Healy 1B40100011.258.292.476.7680.5
K. Seager 3B30000031.224.274.416.690-1.5
G. Heredia CF20000110.234.333.331.6650.5
M. Zunino C30000032.194.256.417.673-1.5
D. Span LF30100000.256.356.403.7590.0
A. Romine SS30100011.192.244.205.4490.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF30010032.338.421.6801.101-0.5
    A. Benintendi LF40000012.291.375.522.897-0.5
    J. Martinez DH41100020.325.393.6361.0291.0
    M. Moreland 1B41121010.299.368.569.9376.5
    X. Bogaerts SS41100000.279.333.508.8423.0
    E. Nunez 2B31100000.252.284.350.6342.0
    R. Devers 3B31110000.237.284.419.7044.0
    S. Leon C20010010.235.282.333.6150.5
    J. Bradley CF30300000.189.283.297.5815.0
      BATTING
      • 3B - N. Cruz
      BATTING
      • 2B - X. Bogaerts (20), R. Devers (17)
      • HR - M. Moreland (11)
      • SF - M. Betts (3), S. Leon
      • RBI - M. Betts (40), M. Moreland 2 (39), R. Devers (40), S. Leon (11)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - D. Span (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Bradley (8)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Gonzales (L, 7-5)6.07550614.041.284.0
      C. Bradford1.01000202.901.103.0
      N. Vincent1.00000004.631.373.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Gonzales (L, 7-5)6.0
      C. Bradford1.0
      N. Vincent1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 7-4)7.040011302.560.9332.5
      J. Kelly1.00000003.000.973.0
      M. Barnes1.00000002.671.073.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 7-4)7.0
      J. Kelly1.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 96-68, C. Bradford 23-16, N. Vincent 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 3-9, C. Bradford 1-0, N. Vincent 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 25, C. Bradford 4, N. Vincent 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 93-71, J. Kelly 14-7, M. Barnes 10-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 4-3, J. Kelly 1-2, M. Barnes 2-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 25, J. Kelly 3, M. Barnes 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Gordon 2B40000011.287.308.355.663-0.5
      M. Haniger RF40000021.263.349.491.840-1.0
      N. Cruz DH40100010.274.358.573.9302.5
      R. Healy 1B40100011.258.292.476.7680.5
      K. Seager 3B30000031.224.274.416.690-1.5
      G. Heredia CF20000110.234.333.331.6650.5
      M. Zunino C30000032.194.256.417.673-1.5
      D. Span LF30100000.256.356.403.7590.0
      A. Romine SS30100011.192.244.205.4490.5
      Total3004001137-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF30010032.338.421.6801.101-0.5
        A. Benintendi LF40000012.291.375.522.897-0.5
        J. Martinez DH41100020.325.393.6361.0291.0
        M. Moreland 1B41121010.299.368.569.9376.5
        X. Bogaerts SS41100000.279.333.508.8423.0
        E. Nunez 2B31100000.252.284.350.6342.0
        R. Devers 3B31110000.237.284.419.7044.0
        S. Leon C20010010.235.282.333.6150.5
        J. Bradley CF30300000.189.283.297.5815.0
        Total305851084-----
          BATTING
          • 3B - N. Cruz
          BATTING
          • 2B - X. Bogaerts (20), R. Devers (17)
          • HR - M. Moreland (11)
          • SF - M. Betts (3), S. Leon
          • RBI - M. Betts (40), M. Moreland 2 (39), R. Devers (40), S. Leon (11)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - D. Span (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Bradley (8)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Gonzales (L, 7-5)6.07550614.041.284.0
          C. Bradford1.01000202.901.103.0
          N. Vincent1.00000004.631.373.0
          Total8.0855081---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Gonzales (L, 7-5)6.0
          C. Bradford1.0
          N. Vincent1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sale (W, 7-4)7.040011302.560.9332.5
          J. Kelly1.00000003.000.973.0
          M. Barnes1.00000002.671.073.0
          Total9.04001130---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sale (W, 7-4)7.0
          J. Kelly1.0
          M. Barnes1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 96-68, C. Bradford 23-16, N. Vincent 9-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 3-9, C. Bradford 1-0, N. Vincent 1-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 25, C. Bradford 4, N. Vincent 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 93-71, J. Kelly 14-7, M. Barnes 10-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 4-3, J. Kelly 1-2, M. Barnes 2-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Sale 25, J. Kelly 3, M. Barnes 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Moreland homered to center, Martinez scored05
          • 5TH INNING
            Betts hit sacrifice fly to center, Devers scored03
            Leon hit sacrifice fly to center, Nunez scored02
            Devers doubled to deep right, Bogaerts scored, Nunez to third01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Matt Barnes relieved Joe Kelly
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Haniger grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz lined out to right
            • R. Healy: Ball, Strike swinging, Healy grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Joe Kelly relieved Chris Sale
            • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Span lined out to shortstop
            • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Romine grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon lined out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Nick Vincent relieved Chasen Bradford
            • J. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to third
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland flied out to left
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts flied out to deep center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • R. Healy: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Healy singled to left
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heredia walked, Healy to second
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Chasen Bradford relieved Marco Gonzales
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley singled to center
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bradley stole second, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • D. Span: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Span grounded out to first
            • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Romine reached on bunt single to second
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Romine out at second
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Haniger flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland homered to center, Martinez scored
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts flied out to deep center
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez fouled out to third
            • R. Devers: Foul, Foul, Devers popped out to first
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • G. Heredia: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
            • M. Zunino: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts doubled to deep left
            • E. Nunez: Nunez singled to center, Bogaerts to third
            • R. Devers: Foul, Devers doubled to deep right, Bogaerts scored, Nunez to third
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon hit sacrifice fly to center, Nunez scored
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bradley singled to right, Devers to third
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts hit sacrifice fly to center, Devers scored
            • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Benintendi flied out to deep center
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • M. Haniger: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Cruz tripled to deep right
            • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • D. Span: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Span singled to center
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Span picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Devers grounded out to second
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Leon grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bradley singled to right
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Healy grounded out to second
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Heredia grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland grounded out to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to left
            • E. Nunez: Foul, Foul, Nunez popped out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon flied out to right
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Cruz flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi flied out to deep center
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)