Sale strikes out 12 as Red Sox beat Royals 10-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Mookie Betts and company jumped all over Jason Hammel.

It was more than enough with Chris Sale on the mound.

Sale struck out 12 in six innings, Betts, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts homered, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 10-5 on Friday night.

Betts' 100th career homer sparked the AL East leaders to four runs in each of the first two innings. Sale earned his 100th win.

''If you get four runs before you take the mound it's nice,'' he said. ''Just go out there and you're able to pitch and not worry about being too cute or too fine, just throwing strikes.''

Sale also made a nice running catch of Mike Moustakas' foul popup in front of the Red Sox dugout in the sixth, calling off catcher Sandy Leon and third baseman Eduardo Nunez.

''As pitchers, we don't get the best rep for being athletes,'' Sale said. ''It was just fun, run by, scream a little bit and get the guys going.''

Sale's 16-inning scoreless streak was snapped by Alcides Escobar's two-out RBI single in the second, but that was it for the skidding Royals against the ace left-hander. Sale (9-4) has allowed one run and 10 hits over 20 innings in his past three starts.

''We take care of him,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. ''Whenever we can save right now is going to benefit him and us in the future. His breaking ball was great. The fastball whenever he wanted to was up to 99 (mph). He was outstanding again.''

Boston stretched its win streak to four with its ninth victory in 11 games overall. It leads the majors with 60 victories and a .674 winning percentage.

Betts drove Hammel's third pitch over the center-field fence for his fourth leadoff drive this season.

Brock Holt added a two-run single as Boston batted around in a four-run first.

Martinez and Bogaerts each hit a two-run shot in the second. It was Martinez's major league-leading 27th homer, and Bogaerts improved to 6 for 11 with two homers and seven RBIs versus Hammel (2-11).

''It just wasn't his night,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''I mean he didn't have anything going for him.''

Hammel was pulled after the second. The veteran right-hander has surrendered 23 runs, 21 earned, and 28 hits in 12 innings in his past three starts. He leads the AL in losses, and his ERA is up to 6.16.

''Probably throwing more angry balls right now than actual pitches so kind of become a thrower instead of a pitcher due to just frustration,'' Hammel said. ''It's a tough lineup and if you miss they make you pay which you saw today.''

Moustakas hit a two-run homer in the eighth for Kansas City, which has dropped seven straight and 19 of 22. Burch Smith pitched four scoreless innings in relief of Hammel.

The Royals are 37 games below .500 for the first time since finishing the 2006 season with a 62-100 record. Since June 1, they have been outscored 165-72 while losing 26 of 31.

THORNBURG RETURNS

Red Sox right-hander Tyler Thornburg pitched for the first time since October 2, 2016, with the Brewers. He missed last season after shoulder surgery. He allowed one run in the seventh.

RARE TRIPLE

Royals slugger Lucas Duda tripled in the seventh inning. It was his first three-base hit since July 17, 2011.

MAKING MOVES

The Royals claimed left-hander Enny Romero off waivers from the Pirates. Rookie right-hander Trevor Oaks was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. The Royals also transferred right-hander Blaine Boyer (lower back strain) from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

FUTURE STARS

Royals prospect Seuly Matias was named to the All-Star Futures Game on July 15 in Washington. The 19-year-old outfielder has a minor league-leading 24 home runs with Class A Lexington. The Red Sox representative is right-hander Bryan Mata, who at 19 is the youngest pitcher in the Class A Carolina League, where he is 5-2 with a 3.14 ERA.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: INF Dustin Pedroia (left knee inflammation) returned to Boston to be evaluated by the medical staff. ''For them to see firsthand how he was reacting to certain drills, certain movements, he felt that it was productive,'' Cora said. ... LHP Drew Pomeranz (biceps tendinitis) will make a rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Pawtucket. ... RHP Stephen Wright (left knee inflammation) likely won't be activated before the All-Star break. ... 1B Mitch Moreland (back spasms) was not in the lineup again. He has not played since one at-bat Tuesday, but Cora said he likely would start Saturday.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP David Price starts Saturday for the first time since being removed after allowing eight runs in 3 1/3 innings Sunday against the Yankees.

Royals: RHP Brad Keller gets the ball for Kansas City. He pitched a six-hitter at Seattle in his previous start, but lost 1-0.

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BOS60-29
44000001110151
KC25-62
0100001215100
  • W: C. Sale (9-4)L: J. Hammel (2-11)
  • HR: BOS - J. Martinez (27), X. Bogaerts (14), M. Betts (22), KC - M. Moustakas (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF51111001.336.428.6721.1006.0
A. Benintendi LF41200010.281.363.492.8562.5
B. Swihart LF11100000.175.241.200.4412.0
J. Martinez DH52221012.328.392.6471.0398.5
S. Pearce 1B52310001.309.356.536.8928.0
X. Bogaerts SS32121201.276.345.513.85810.0
B. Holt 2B50220002.297.372.405.7774.0
E. Nunez 3B51100005.256.287.374.6613.0
S. Leon C40110001.248.292.397.6892.0
J. Bradley CF40110022.203.295.335.6302.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield CF50210010.290.359.414.7723.5
    R. Herrera RF51100022.250.265.350.6151.0
    M. Moustakas 3B41121010.258.312.478.7906.5
    S. Perez C30100020.215.256.381.6370.0
    D. Butera C10000000.152.234.222.4560.0
    J. Bonifacio LF41200011.292.346.375.7213.5
    H. Dozier DH30000122.219.280.344.6250.0
    L. Duda 1B41100023.246.306.413.7193.0
    A. Escobar SS40110001.193.243.269.5122.0
    A. Mondesi 2B41110012.217.234.348.5822.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Pearce 2 (10), E. Nunez (15), J. Bradley (13)
      • HR - M. Betts (22), J. Martinez (27), X. Bogaerts (14)
      • RBI - M. Betts (43), J. Martinez 2 (73), S. Pearce (18), X. Bogaerts 2 (49), B. Holt 2 (21), S. Leon (17), J. Bradley (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Leon (10), J. Bradley (9)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (25), J. Bonifacio (2)
      • 3B - L. Duda
      • HR - M. Moustakas (17)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (28), M. Moustakas 2 (55), A. Escobar (19), A. Mondesi (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (13), A. Escobar (9)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Bradley (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Mondesi-Escobar-Duda)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 9-4)6.051111202.360.8927.0
      T. Thornburg1.01110009.001.001.0
      B. Workman1.02220012.080.85-1.0
      H. Velazquez1.02110002.821.460.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 9-4)6.0
      T. Thornburg1.0
      B. Workman1.0
      H. Velazquez1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel (L, 2-11)2.09881036.161.61-17.0
      B. Smith4.02000305.401.5411.5
      B. Flynn2.14220104.081.690.5
      B. Maurer0.20001009.002.30-1.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel (L, 2-11)2.0
      B. Smith4.0
      B. Flynn2.1
      B. Maurer0.2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 99-65, T. Thornburg 18-13, B. Workman 17-11, H. Velazquez 23-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 2-4, T. Thornburg 1-2, B. Workman 2-1, H. Velazquez 3-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 24, T. Thornburg 4, B. Workman 5, H. Velazquez 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Maurer
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 58-37, B. Smith 50-35, B. Flynn 45-28, B. Maurer 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 2-4, B. Smith 3-5, B. Flynn 4-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 16, B. Smith 13, B. Flynn 11, B. Maurer 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BOS60-29
      44000001110151
      KC25-62
      0100001215100
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF51111001.336.428.6721.1006.0
      A. Benintendi LF41200010.281.363.492.8562.5
      B. Swihart LF11100000.175.241.200.4412.0
      J. Martinez DH52221012.328.392.6471.0398.5
      S. Pearce 1B52310001.309.356.536.8928.0
      X. Bogaerts SS32121201.276.345.513.85810.0
      B. Holt 2B50220002.297.372.405.7774.0
      E. Nunez 3B51100005.256.287.374.6613.0
      S. Leon C40110001.248.292.397.6892.0
      J. Bradley CF40110022.203.295.335.6302.0
      Total4110151032415-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield CF50210010.290.359.414.7723.5
        R. Herrera RF51100022.250.265.350.6151.0
        M. Moustakas 3B41121010.258.312.478.7906.5
        S. Perez C30100020.215.256.381.6370.0
        D. Butera C10000000.152.234.222.4560.0
        J. Bonifacio LF41200011.292.346.375.7213.5
        H. Dozier DH30000122.219.280.344.6250.0
        L. Duda 1B41100023.246.306.413.7193.0
        A. Escobar SS40110001.193.243.269.5122.0
        A. Mondesi 2B41110012.217.234.348.5822.5
        Total375105111211-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Pearce 2 (10), E. Nunez (15), J. Bradley (13)
          • HR - M. Betts (22), J. Martinez (27), X. Bogaerts (14)
          • RBI - M. Betts (43), J. Martinez 2 (73), S. Pearce (18), X. Bogaerts 2 (49), B. Holt 2 (21), S. Leon (17), J. Bradley (26)
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Leon (10), J. Bradley (9)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (25), J. Bonifacio (2)
          • 3B - L. Duda
          • HR - M. Moustakas (17)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (28), M. Moustakas 2 (55), A. Escobar (19), A. Mondesi (5)
          • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (13), A. Escobar (9)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Bradley (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Mondesi-Escobar-Duda)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sale (W, 9-4)6.051111202.360.8927.0
          T. Thornburg1.01110009.001.001.0
          B. Workman1.02220012.080.85-1.0
          H. Velazquez1.02110002.821.460.0
          Total9.010551121---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sale (W, 9-4)6.0
          T. Thornburg1.0
          B. Workman1.0
          H. Velazquez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Hammel (L, 2-11)2.09881036.161.61-17.0
          B. Smith4.02000305.401.5411.5
          B. Flynn2.14220104.081.690.5
          B. Maurer0.20001009.002.30-1.0
          Total9.0151010243---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Hammel (L, 2-11)2.0
          B. Smith4.0
          B. Flynn2.1
          B. Maurer0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 99-65, T. Thornburg 18-13, B. Workman 17-11, H. Velazquez 23-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 2-4, T. Thornburg 1-2, B. Workman 2-1, H. Velazquez 3-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Sale 24, T. Thornburg 4, B. Workman 5, H. Velazquez 5
          PITCHING
          • WP - B. Maurer
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 58-37, B. Smith 50-35, B. Flynn 45-28, B. Maurer 15-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 2-4, B. Smith 3-5, B. Flynn 4-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 16, B. Smith 13, B. Flynn 11, B. Maurer 3
          • 9TH INNING
            Merrifield singled to left, Mondesi scored105
            Pearce doubled to left center, Swihart scored104
          • 8TH INNING
            Moustakas homered to right, Herrera scored94
            Bradley doubled to deep right, Nunez scored92
          • 7TH INNING
            Mondesi lined out to second, Duda scored82
          • 2ND INNING
            Escobar singled to left, Bonifacio scored, Dozier to second81
            Bogaerts homered to left, Pearce scored80
            Martinez homered to right center, Benintendi scored60
          • 1ST INNING
            Leon singled to right, Bogaerts scored, Holt to second40
            Holt singled to right, Martinez and Pearce scored, Bogaerts to third30
            Betts homered to left center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Ball, Swihart reached on an infield single to second
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
            • S. Pearce: Pearce doubled to left center, Swihart scored
            • Brandon Maurer relieved Brian Flynn
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts walked
            • B. Holt: Holt lined out to center
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pearce to third, Bogaerts to second on wild pitch, Nunez fouled out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Hector Velazquez relieved Brandon Workman
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duda grounded out to second
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Escobar grounded out to third
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mondesi singled to center
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Mondesi to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield singled to left, Mondesi scored
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Herrera grounded out to second
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Drew Butera catching
            • B. Holt: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Holt grounded out to second
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Nunez doubled to left
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Leon flied out to deep center, Nunez to third
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bradley doubled to deep right, Nunez scored
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Blake Swihart in left field
            • Brandon Workman relieved Tyler Thornburg
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera singled to right
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moustakas homered to right, Herrera scored
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Butera grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bonifacio fouled out to catcher
            • H. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Brian Flynn relieved Burch Smith
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to center
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Pearce grounded out to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tyler Thornburg relieved Chris Sale
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Duda tripled to deep right
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Escobar flied out to center
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Mondesi lined out to second, Duda scored
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Merrifield lined out to center
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts lined out to center
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Moustakas fouled out to pitcher
            • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez singled to center
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bonifacio struck out looking
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • B. Holt: Ball, Holt singled to right
            • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Nunez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Holt out at second
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Leon lined out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar grounded out to second
            • A. Mondesi: Mondesi flied out to right
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield doubled to deep left
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Herrera grounded out to third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi singled to right
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Martinez lined out to right
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pearce popped out to shortstop
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
            • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Burch Smith relieved Jason Hammel
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Leon grounded out to second
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Betts flied out to right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Herrera struck out looking
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas fouled out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts flied out to shallow right
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Benintendi singled to left
            • J. Martinez: Martinez homered to right center, Benintendi scored
            • S. Pearce: Pearce doubled to deep center
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts homered to left, Pearce scored
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Holt grounded out to second
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Nunez popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio doubled to left center, Bonifacio to third on center fielder Bradley fielding error
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Escobar singled to left, Bonifacio scored, Dozier to second
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Betts homered to left center
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi flied out to deep center
            • J. Martinez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez singled to left
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pearce reached on an infield single to shortstop, Martinez to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked, Martinez to third, Pearce to second
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Holt singled to right, Martinez and Pearce scored, Bogaerts to third
            • E. Nunez: Nunez fouled out to second
            • S. Leon: Foul, Leon singled to right, Bogaerts scored, Holt to second
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bradley grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield popped out to second
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Herrera struck out looking
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)