Sale returns, fans 12 in 5 innings, Red Sox beat Orioles 4-1

BALTIMORE (AP) Uncomfortable watching his teammates play without him and uncertain how he would fare after spending two weeks on the disabled list, Chris Sale was both excited and curious as he prepared to pitch again for the Boston Red Sox.

Turns out, Sale was just as dominant as ever - maybe even more so.

Sale celebrated his return by striking out 12 in five shutout innings of one-hit ball, and the Red Sox moved 50 games over .500 by completing a sweep of the lowly Baltimore Orioles with a 4-1 victory on Sunday.

Sale (12-4) was placed on the DL on July 28 with left shoulder inflammation. Judging by his performance, the injury is no longer an issue.

''You never really know what you're going to get until you get out there,'' the left-hander said. ''I felt good and I felt strong.''

Sale allowed just a clean, third-inning single to left field by Renato Nunez, and walked none. He struck out the side twice and fanned at least two in his other three innings.

Best of all, he finally got to contribute to a victory.

''Going on DL is not a lot of fun. You don't want to be on the sidelines,'' Sale said. ''I just want to go out there and give my team a chance to win. I had fun today. Today was a good day.''

It didn't take long for the Orioles to realize they were in for a rough afternoon.

''Sale took it to a different level ,'' Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. ''The first fastball he threw today was 98, the second one was 99. He was throwing a changeup at 88, 90. Doesn't seem fair.''

Sale is 7-0 over his last nine starts, a streak he started before making his third consecutive start in the All-Star Game on July 17. He owns a 0.20 ERA over his last seven outings and leads the AL at 1.97 for the year.

Sale also took over the major league lead in strikeouts with 219 - Washington ace Max Scherzer has 216 and starts Sunday night against the Cubs.

As tempting as it was to send Sale out for another inning, or rush him into his next start, Boston manager Alex Cora has every intention of keeping his ace fresh.

''He's starting next Sunday,'' Cora said. ''We're just happy that he's back.''

Craig Kimbrel, the last of five Boston relievers, worked the ninth for his 35th save.

Steve Pearce homered for the Red Sox, who have won 10 of 11 to improve to 85-35. Boston took all four at Camden Yards this week and is 14-2 against the Orioles, who are 49 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East.

Baltimore struck out 18 times in its fifth straight loss. The Orioles have endured at least nine losing streaks of five games or more this season.

''Sale was on the bump today and he had his good stuff,'' shortstop Tim Beckham said. ''It's a grind. The whole season has been a grind.''

Alex Cobb (3-15) took the loss despite allowing only two runs, one earned, over seven innings.

''To pitch seven innings against that lineup in a day game, that's impressive,'' Showalter said. ''We just couldn't score any runs.''

Pearce hit a solo shot to left in the third inning, Brock Holt scored on an error by right fielder Adam Jones in the fourth.

Baltimore loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth before Ryan Brasier entered and struck out Trey Mancini on a 3-2 pitch.

After Mancini delivered a sacrifice fly in the eighth to make it 2-1, Matt Barnes struck out Tim Beckham with the potential tying run on third.

In the Boston ninth, Jackie Bradley Jr. singled in a run and scored on a double by Mookie Betts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts was given the day off after jamming his left pinky finger sliding into third base Saturday night. X-rays were negative. ... LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right ankle sprain) had a bullpen session. ''It was really good,'' he said.

Orioles: OF/DH Mark Trumbo did not start because of a sore right knee. He entered as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and struck out.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Boston gets a day off Monday before starting a two-game series at Philadelphia on Tuesday. The Red Sox are 8-2 against the NL.

Orioles: After taking Monday off, Baltimore hosts the Mets on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Orioles beat the Mets 2-1 and 1-0 in June.

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  • W: C. Sale (12-4)L: A. Cobb (3-15)S: C. Kimbrel (35)
  • HR: BOS - S. Pearce (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Betts RF40110111.350.438.6681.1063.5
B. Holt SS51100013.260.343.354.6971.5
S. Pearce DH31111101.302.390.577.9677.0
J. Martinez LF40200010.333.401.6691.0703.5
M. Moreland 1B40000023.258.327.471.798-1.0
E. Nunez 2B41100003.264.290.380.6694.0
R. Devers 3B40100021.243.299.427.7250.0
S. Leon C30000011.209.266.318.584-0.5
J. Bradley CF41210011.218.306.388.6943.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Rickard LF40100012.231.295.434.7280.5
    a- M. Trumbo PH10000012.266.320.468.787-0.5
    J. Villar 2B30100120.262.318.379.6971.0
    A. Jones RF20000210.283.313.428.7411.5
    T. Mancini DH30010023.234.301.396.6970.0
    T. Beckham SS40000032.229.289.361.651-1.5
    C. Davis 1B40000040.158.242.299.541-2.0
    R. Nunez 3B20100210.248.319.396.7152.5
    A. Wynns C40100012.280.308.480.7880.5
    C. Mullins CF41100023.385.500.5381.0381.0
    • a-struck out for Rickard in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (34), J. Martinez 2 (33)
    • HR - S. Pearce (10)
    • SH - S. Leon (3)
    • RBI - M. Betts (63), S. Pearce (31), J. Bradley (47)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts (22), S. Pearce (11), J. Bradley (18)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, B. Holt 3 (3), E. Nunez 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • SF - T. Mancini (3)
    • RBI - T. Mancini (39)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Rickard, M. Trumbo 2 (2), T. Mancini 3 (3), T. Beckham 2 (2), A. Wynns
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - E. Nunez (7)
    FIELDING
    • PB - S. Leon (8)
    FIELDING
    • E - A. Jones (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale (W, 12-4)5.010001201.970.8527.0
    T. Thornburg (H, 3)0.21002004.731.43-3.0
    R. Brasier (H, 3)0.10000101.130.810.5
    B. Johnson (H, 1)1.00001103.951.382.5
    M. Barnes (H, 24)1.02111102.601.13-0.5
    C. Kimbrel (S, 35)1.01001302.571.049.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale (W, 12-4)5.0
    T. Thornburg (H, 3)0.2
    R. Brasier (H, 3)0.1
    B. Johnson (H, 1)1.0
    M. Barnes (H, 24)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 35)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Cobb (L, 3-15)7.06212715.311.4913.5
    M. Givens1.23220204.811.43-1.0
    T. Scott0.10000005.891.580.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Cobb (L, 3-15)7.0
    M. Givens1.2
    T. Scott0.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Barnes (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 68-48, T. Thornburg 24-10, R. Brasier 9-6, B. Johnson 16-10, M. Barnes 20-11, C. Kimbrel 25-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 2-1, T. Thornburg 1-1, B. Johnson 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 16, T. Thornburg 5, R. Brasier, B. Johnson 4, M. Barnes 6, C. Kimbrel 5
    PITCHING
    • IBB - A. Cobb (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 106-68, M. Givens 36-27, T. Scott 4-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 10-4
    • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 29, M. Givens 8, T. Scott
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF40110111.350.438.6681.1063.5
    B. Holt SS51100013.260.343.354.6971.5
    S. Pearce DH31111101.302.390.577.9677.0
    J. Martinez LF40200010.333.401.6691.0703.5
    M. Moreland 1B40000023.258.327.471.798-1.0
    E. Nunez 2B41100003.264.290.380.6694.0
    R. Devers 3B40100021.243.299.427.7250.0
    S. Leon C30000011.209.266.318.584-0.5
    J. Bradley CF41210011.218.306.388.6943.5
    Total3549312914-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Rickard LF40100012.231.295.434.7280.5
      a- M. Trumbo PH10000012.266.320.468.787-0.5
      J. Villar 2B30100120.262.318.379.6971.0
      A. Jones RF20000210.283.313.428.7411.5
      T. Mancini DH30010023.234.301.396.6970.0
      T. Beckham SS40000032.229.289.361.651-1.5
      C. Davis 1B40000040.158.242.299.541-2.0
      R. Nunez 3B20100210.248.319.396.7152.5
      A. Wynns C40100012.280.308.480.7880.5
      C. Mullins CF41100023.385.500.5381.0381.0
      Total31151051814-----
      • a-struck out for Rickard in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (34), J. Martinez 2 (33)
      • HR - S. Pearce (10)
      • SH - S. Leon (3)
      • RBI - M. Betts (63), S. Pearce (31), J. Bradley (47)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts (22), S. Pearce (11), J. Bradley (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, B. Holt 3 (3), E. Nunez 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • SF - T. Mancini (3)
      • RBI - T. Mancini (39)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Rickard, M. Trumbo 2 (2), T. Mancini 3 (3), T. Beckham 2 (2), A. Wynns
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Nunez (7)
      FIELDING
      • PB - S. Leon (8)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Jones (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 12-4)5.010001201.970.8527.0
      T. Thornburg (H, 3)0.21002004.731.43-3.0
      R. Brasier (H, 3)0.10000101.130.810.5
      B. Johnson (H, 1)1.00001103.951.382.5
      M. Barnes (H, 24)1.02111102.601.13-0.5
      C. Kimbrel (S, 35)1.01001302.571.049.5
      Total9.05115180---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 12-4)5.0
      T. Thornburg (H, 3)0.2
      R. Brasier (H, 3)0.1
      B. Johnson (H, 1)1.0
      M. Barnes (H, 24)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 35)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cobb (L, 3-15)7.06212715.311.4913.5
      M. Givens1.23220204.811.43-1.0
      T. Scott0.10000005.891.580.0
      Total9.0943291---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cobb (L, 3-15)7.0
      M. Givens1.2
      T. Scott0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Barnes (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 68-48, T. Thornburg 24-10, R. Brasier 9-6, B. Johnson 16-10, M. Barnes 20-11, C. Kimbrel 25-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 2-1, T. Thornburg 1-1, B. Johnson 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 16, T. Thornburg 5, R. Brasier, B. Johnson 4, M. Barnes 6, C. Kimbrel 5
      PITCHING
      • IBB - A. Cobb (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 106-68, M. Givens 36-27, T. Scott 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 10-4
      • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 29, M. Givens 8, T. Scott
      • 9TH INNING
        Betts doubled to deep right center, Bradley scored41
        Bradley singled to left, Nunez scored31
      • 8TH INNING
        Mancini hit sacrifice fly to center, Mullins scored, Villar to third21
      • 4TH INNING
        Martinez doubled to right, Holt scored on right fielder Jones fielding error20
      • 1ST INNING
        Pearce homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • M. Givens Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Nunez singled to center
        • R. Devers: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Nunez stole second, Foul, Leon popped out to shortstop
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Bradley singled to left, Nunez scored
        • M. Betts: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Betts doubled to deep right center, Bradley scored
        • Tanner Scott relieved Mychal Givens
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Holt flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Matt Barnes
        • C. Davis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nunez walked
        • A. Wynns: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Wynns singled to right, Nunez to second
        • C. Mullins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mullins struck out swinging
        • Mark Trumbo hit for Joey Rickard
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Mychal Givens relieved Alex Cobb
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pearce lined out to left
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Martinez lined out to center
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Barnes relieved Brian Johnson
        • C. Mullins: Mullins reached on an infield single to first
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Rickard flied out to center
        • J. Villar: Pickoff attempt, Villar singled to right, Mullins to second
        • A. Jones: Ball, Mullins to third, Villar to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jones walked
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mancini hit sacrifice fly to center, Mullins scored, Villar to third
        • T. Beckham: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers reached on an infield single to second
        • S. Leon: Leon hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Devers to second
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts intentionally walked
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Holt grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Brian Johnson relieved Ryan Brasier
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Beckham lined out to shortstop
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Nunez walked
        • A. Wynns: Strike looking, Wynns grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Nunez out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez doubled to left, Pearce to third
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Thornburg relieved Chris Sale
        • A. Wynns: Strike looking, Wynns grounded out to third
        • C. Mullins: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mullins lined out to center
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rickard singled to left center
        • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Villar walked, Rickard to second
        • A. Jones: Ball, Rickard to third, Villar to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jones walked
        • Ryan Brasier relieved Tyler Thornburg
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Mancini struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bradley singled to right
        • M. Betts: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Betts grounded into fielder's choice to third, Bradley out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Holt singled to right
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pearce fouled out to catcher
        • J. Martinez: Martinez doubled to right, Holt scored on right fielder Jones fielding error
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Foul, Moreland grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Villar struck out on foul tip
        • A. Jones: Jones grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Leon grounded out to second
        • J. Bradley: Bradley flied out to deep center
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Betts grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Nunez singled to left
        • A. Wynns: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Wynns struck out looking
        • C. Mullins: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mullins struck out swinging
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Moreland grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez flied out to center
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Devers lined out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Mancini grounded out to third
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
        • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Holt grounded out to third
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pearce homered to left
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Rickard: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rickard flied out to deep center
        • J. Villar: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)