Sale shuts down Tigers in Boston's 9-1 victory

DETROIT (AP) Chris Sale struck out nine in six scoreless innings, and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a three-run homer to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 9-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Sale (11-4) allowed two hits, lowered his ERA to an American League-best 2.13 and won his sixth straight decision. The Red Sox are 19-4 in their last 23 games, and the AL East leaders cruised through the finale of this series after scoring just one run in the previous two nights at Detroit.

Blaine Hardy (3-3) allowed four runs and five hits in three-plus innings. Jeimer Candelario homered for the Tigers in the seventh.

Sale has won each of his last five starts, allowing one run in 33 innings in that span. He had gone five straight starts with at least 11 strikeouts - and only one walk in each - but that streak came to an end when he was lifted Sunday after 99 pitches.

Boston scored twice in the second on RBI groundouts by Rafael Devers and Eduardo Nunez, then the Red Sox broke the game open in the fourth.

With men on second and third and nobody out, Devers hit a grounder to first baseman John Hicks, who immediately threw home - only to have Steve Pearce, the Boston runner at third, stay put. Devers reached on that fielder's choice, loading the bases.

Drew VerHagen came on to relieve Hardy, and Nunez greeted him with an RBI single off the glove of Candelario, the third baseman. Xander Bogaerts, the runner on second, held up when he made it to third, but Devers - who had started the play on first - nearly reached third himself before stopping because Bogaerts was still there. Devers was tagged out.

The Red Sox weren't hurt much by that baserunning mishap. Bradley followed with his seventh homer of the year, giving Boston a 6-0 lead.

Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run triple in the seventh, and J.D. Martinez added a sacrifice fly.

The game was delayed 1 hour, 35 minutes at the start because of rain.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 2B Brock Holt sat out a second straight game after exiting Friday night with a bruised knee.

UP NEXT

Boston heads to Baltimore for a three-game series. Rick Porcello (11-4) takes the mound for the Red Sox on Monday night against Kevin Gausman (4-7).

The Tigers travel for a three-game set at Kansas City. Detroit's Francisco Liriano (3-5) starts the opener Monday night against Heath Fillmyer (0-1).

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  • W: C. Sale (11-4)L: B. Hardy (3-3)
  • HR: BOS - J. Bradley (7), DET - J. Candelario (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF51100010.352.441.6701.1101.5
A. Benintendi LF41120010.303.386.522.9085.5
J. Martinez DH30010010.322.388.6331.0210.5
S. Pearce 1B42200010.328.392.552.9443.5
X. Bogaerts SS32200000.283.351.533.8846.0
T. Lin SS10000000.182.265.227.4930.0
R. Devers 3B40010010.239.288.417.7050.5
E. Nunez 2B41120000.252.279.354.6334.0
J. Bradley CF41231010.211.296.353.6498.5
S. Leon C31000121.232.281.355.6361.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Rodriguez 2B40000012.190.238.190.428-0.5
    N. Goodrum RF30000120.243.313.440.7530.0
    N. Castellanos DH30100010.304.357.513.8701.5
    a- J. Adduci PH-DH10000002.192.250.308.5580.0
    J. Hicks 1B30000121.268.320.425.7450.0
    J. Candelario 3B41111004.230.325.435.7606.0
    J. McCann C40100010.225.274.328.6020.5
    J. Jones CF40000031.207.264.362.625-1.5
    J. Iglesias SS30100001.270.310.385.6952.0
    V. Reyes LF30100001.224.232.286.5181.0
    • a-lined out for Castellanos in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - X. Bogaerts 2 (28)
    • 3B - A. Benintendi (6)
    • HR - J. Bradley (7)
    • SF - J. Martinez (4)
    • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (59), J. Martinez (81), R. Devers (49), E. Nunez 2 (26), J. Bradley 3 (35)
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Castellanos (30)
    • HR - J. Candelario (14)
    • RBI - J. Candelario (37)
    FIELDING
    • E - T. Lin (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale (W, 11-4)6.02000902.130.8730.5
    B. Workman1.03110012.040.96-1.0
    J. Kelly1.00002004.201.181.0
    T. Thornburg1.00000108.441.503.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale (W, 11-4)6.0
    B. Workman1.0
    J. Kelly1.0
    T. Thornburg1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Hardy (L, 3-3)3.05440303.771.24-3.5
    D. VerHagen3.02220316.991.246.5
    D. Stumpf0.12331106.531.94-5.5
    L. Coleman1.20000003.491.413.0
    B. Farmer1.00000104.571.713.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Hardy (L, 3-3)3.0
    D. VerHagen3.0
    D. Stumpf0.1
    L. Coleman1.2
    B. Farmer1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Sale (10)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 99-73, B. Workman 23-15, J. Kelly 25-12, T. Thornburg 7-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-4, J. Kelly 2-2
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 21, B. Workman 5, J. Kelly 6, T. Thornburg 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Hardy 55-38, D. VerHagen 46-30, D. Stumpf 21-11, L. Coleman 13-10, B. Farmer 17-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Hardy 5-2, D. VerHagen 2-3
    • Batters Faced - B. Hardy 15, D. VerHagen 10, D. Stumpf 4, L. Coleman 5, B. Farmer 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF51100010.352.441.6701.1101.5
    A. Benintendi LF41120010.303.386.522.9085.5
    J. Martinez DH30010010.322.388.6331.0210.5
    S. Pearce 1B42200010.328.392.552.9443.5
    X. Bogaerts SS32200000.283.351.533.8846.0
    T. Lin SS10000000.182.265.227.4930.0
    R. Devers 3B40010010.239.288.417.7050.5
    E. Nunez 2B41120000.252.279.354.6334.0
    J. Bradley CF41231010.211.296.353.6498.5
    S. Leon C31000121.232.281.355.6361.0
    Total359991181-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      R. Rodriguez 2B40000012.190.238.190.428-0.5
      N. Goodrum RF30000120.243.313.440.7530.0
      N. Castellanos DH30100010.304.357.513.8701.5
      a- J. Adduci PH-DH10000002.192.250.308.5580.0
      J. Hicks 1B30000121.268.320.425.7450.0
      J. Candelario 3B41111004.230.325.435.7606.0
      J. McCann C40100010.225.274.328.6020.5
      J. Jones CF40000031.207.264.362.625-1.5
      J. Iglesias SS30100001.270.310.385.6952.0
      V. Reyes LF30100001.224.232.286.5181.0
      Total32151121012-----
      • a-lined out for Castellanos in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - X. Bogaerts 2 (28)
      • 3B - A. Benintendi (6)
      • HR - J. Bradley (7)
      • SF - J. Martinez (4)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (59), J. Martinez (81), R. Devers (49), E. Nunez 2 (26), J. Bradley 3 (35)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Castellanos (30)
      • HR - J. Candelario (14)
      • RBI - J. Candelario (37)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Lin (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 11-4)6.02000902.130.8730.5
      B. Workman1.03110012.040.96-1.0
      J. Kelly1.00002004.201.181.0
      T. Thornburg1.00000108.441.503.5
      Total9.05112101---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 11-4)6.0
      B. Workman1.0
      J. Kelly1.0
      T. Thornburg1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Hardy (L, 3-3)3.05440303.771.24-3.5
      D. VerHagen3.02220316.991.246.5
      D. Stumpf0.12331106.531.94-5.5
      L. Coleman1.20000003.491.413.0
      B. Farmer1.00000104.571.713.5
      Total9.0999181---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Hardy (L, 3-3)3.0
      D. VerHagen3.0
      D. Stumpf0.1
      L. Coleman1.2
      B. Farmer1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Sale (10)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 99-73, B. Workman 23-15, J. Kelly 25-12, T. Thornburg 7-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-4, J. Kelly 2-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 21, B. Workman 5, J. Kelly 6, T. Thornburg 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Hardy 55-38, D. VerHagen 46-30, D. Stumpf 21-11, L. Coleman 13-10, B. Farmer 17-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Hardy 5-2, D. VerHagen 2-3
      • Batters Faced - B. Hardy 15, D. VerHagen 10, D. Stumpf 4, L. Coleman 5, B. Farmer 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Candelario homered to right center91
        Martinez hit sacrifice fly to right, Benintendi scored90
        Benintendi tripled to left center, Leon and Betts scored80
      • 4TH INNING
        Bradley homered to left, Bogaerts and Nunez scored60
        Nunez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Pearce scored, Bogaerts to third, Devers out at third30
      • 2ND INNING
        Nunez grounded out to shortstop, Bogaerts scored20
        Devers grounded out to second, Pearce scored, Bogaerts to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Buck Farmer relieved Louis Coleman
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bradley lined out to right
        • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Thornburg relieved Joe Kelly
        • J. McCann: McCann popped out to first
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Iglesias popped out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • L. Coleman Pitching:
        • T. Lin: Lin fouled out to third
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Devers popped out to first
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Nunez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Joe Kelly relieved Brandon Workman
        • V. Reyes: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Reyes safe at first on shortstop Lin fielding error
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Rodriguez reached on fielder's choice to second, Reyes out at second
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goodrum walked, Rodriguez to second
        • Jim Adduci hit for Nicholas Castellanos
        • J. Adduci: Adduci lined out to shortstop
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked, Rodriguez to third, Goodrum to second
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Candelario flied out to deep center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Daniel Stumpf relieved Drew VerHagen
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • S. Leon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Leon walked
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Betts singled to left, Leon to second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi tripled to left center, Leon and Betts scored
        • Louis Coleman relieved Daniel Stumpf
        • JD. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Martinez hit sacrifice fly to right, Benintendi scored
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Pearce flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tzu-Wei Lin at shortstop
        • Brandon Workman relieved Chris Sale
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Hicks popped out to pitcher
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Candelario homered to right center
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McCann singled to right center
        • J. Jones: Foul, Jones flied out to right
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike looking, Iglesias reached on an infield single to second, McCann out at third
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. VerHagen Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to shallow right
        • R. Devers: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Nunez grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. VerHagen Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Benintendi flied out to center
        • JD. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez flied out to deep right
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. McCann: Ball, Foul, Foul, McCann flied out to deep right
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Iglesias hit by pitch
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Reyes lined out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Hardy Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pearce singled to shallow left
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Bogaerts doubled to left, Pearce to third
        • R. Devers: Devers reached on fielder's choice to first
        • Drew VerHagen relieved Blaine Hardy
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Pearce scored, Bogaerts to third, Devers out at third
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Bradley homered to left, Bogaerts and Nunez scored
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Betts grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Castellanos doubled to right center
        • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Hicks struck out on foul tip
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Candelario grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Hardy Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Betts popped out to second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • JD. Martinez: Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to second
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Reyes singled to left center
        • R. Rodriguez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Rodriguez flied out to deep right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Hardy Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Pearce singled to left
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts doubled to left center, Pearce to third
        • R. Devers: Devers grounded out to second, Pearce scored, Bogaerts to third
        • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to shortstop, Bogaerts scored
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Bradley reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Leon flied out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Candelario grounded out to third
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Hardy Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • JD. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Foul, Rodriguez grounded out to third
        • N. Goodrum: Foul, Goodrum flied out to shallow right
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)