Sale Ks 12 in 3-hitter as Red Sox trounce Royals, 8-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chris Sale strode to the dugout after the seventh inning Wednesday night, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora asked his lanky left-hander whether he could keep going on a hot, humid night in Kansas City.

''I'll finish this off,''' Sale replied.

Did he ever.

Sale struck out the side on nine pitches in the eighth for his second immaculate inning this season. Then the seven-time All-Star breezed through the Royals in the ninth, wrapping up an 8-0 win for his third career shutout.

''Any time you can finish a game, that's what you sign up for,'' said Sale, who allowed just three hits while striking out 12 without a walk. ''I've never started a game I didn't intend to finish.''

Sale (2-7) has rebounded from a dismal April to put together a series of solid starts. His seventh double-digit strikeout game of the season was punctuated by that perfect eighth, when even Royals fans roared as he mowed through Kelvin Gutierrez, Nicky Lopez and Martin Maldonado.

Sale also had an immaculate inning May 8 against Baltimore, making him the second pitcher with two in one season since strikeout records have been kept. Lefty Grove did it in 1928.

''That was one of his best,'' Cora said about Sale's outing.

Boston's ace had plenty of help: Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a three-run double during a four-run fifth that broke the game open, and Rafael Devers homered and finished with three RBIs.

''We did a lot of good things offensively,'' Cora said, ''but we can still be better.''

Hard to imagine. The Red Sox have won three straight, scoring eight runs in each game. They've also won five straight at Kauffman Stadium dating to last season.

They jumped ahead against Royals starter Jakob Junis (4-6) with two runs in the first. And after the young right-hander settled down for a while, stranding runners at the corners in the second, Andrew Benintendi's leadoff double in the fifth sparked the Red Sox onslaught.

By the time they loaded the bases later in the inning, and Bradley proceeded to empty them, Junis was headed for the showers and Boston was headed for another easy win.

''First inning didn't go great, but I battled and made pitches when I needed to I felt like,'' said Junis, who allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. ''It wasn't all as bad as it looked tonight, I think. I made some better pitches than the scoreboard shows.''

Still, it was the fifth straight loss for Kansas City, which fell to 19-42 - the second-worst start through that many games in club history. Twenty-three defeats have come in games the Royals at one point led, including the series opener against Boston on Tuesday night.

''It was just one of those nights where we couldn't do much,'' manager Ned Yost said.

STATS AND STREAKS

The Red Sox have homered in 22 of their last 25 games. ... Sale was making his 300th big league appearance. He also won his fifth straight in Kansas City. ... Benintendi and Brock Holt each had three hits. Holt also drove in a run. ... Junis has allowed first-inning runs in eight of 13 starts. ... Kansas City has been shut out three times this season. ... First base umpire Dan Iassogna twice had calls overturned by replay. The combined time of the delays was just 1 minute, 23 seconds.

FEELING DRAFTY

The Red Sox concluded the first-year player draft with a couple of notable picks, including 1B Ryan Berardino in the 34th round. His grandfathers are longtime minor league manager Dick Berardino and former Boston outfielder Dwight Evans.

The Royals went heavy on college players in the draft. Among those chosen on Day 3 was UC Irvine right-hander Jonah DiPoto, the son of Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, and Indiana State third baseman Jake Means, whose brother John pitched for Baltimore on Wednesday night.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland (lower back) will likely be activated for Friday night's series opener at Tampa Bay, Cora said. Moreland has been hitting off a tee the past couple of days.

UP NEXT

The Red Sox will go with Ryan Weber (1-1, 4.50 ERA) as an opener with Michael Shawaryn backing him up in Thursday's series finale. The Royals counter with Danny Duffy (3-2, 4.05).

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  • W: C. Sale (2-7)L: J. Junis (4-6)
  • HR: BOS - R. Devers (9)
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M. Chavis 1B50100035.255.345.477.822-0.5
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    A. Mondesi SS40000010.280.316.477.793-0.5
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    C. Cuthbert 1B30100000.368.368.6841.0531.0
    K. Gutierrez 3B30100011.270.299.365.6640.5
    N. Lopez 2B30000012.203.259.266.525-0.5
    M. Maldonado C30000031.203.298.277.575-1.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi (12), R. Devers (17), J. Bradley (10), S. Leon (2)
      • HR - R. Devers (9)
      • SF - S. Leon
      • RBI - R. Devers 3 (38), B. Holt (6), J. Bradley 3 (17), S. Leon (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Holt (3), J. Bradley 3 (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts 3 (3), J. Martinez 2 (2), M. Chavis 2 (2), S. Leon
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Lopez, M. Maldonado
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Devers (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - W. Merrifield
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Mondesi-Lopez-Cuthbert)
      • E - C. Cuthbert
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 2-7)9.030001203.841.0040.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 2-7)9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (L, 4-6)4.28653505.631.50-6.5
      B. Boxberger0.10000005.091.520.0
      J. Lopez2.03221116.751.550.5
      W. Peralta1.00001004.611.572.0
      I. Kennedy1.00000204.011.344.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (L, 4-6)4.2
      B. Boxberger0.1
      J. Lopez2.0
      W. Peralta1.0
      I. Kennedy1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 102-73
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 10-4
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 29
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Junis
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 99-59, B. Boxberger 4-3, J. Lopez 37-22, W. Peralta 11-4, I. Kennedy 18-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 6-4, J. Lopez 2-3, W. Peralta 1-1, I. Kennedy 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 26, B. Boxberger, J. Lopez 10, W. Peralta 3, I. Kennedy 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      A. Benintendi LF41300100.268.364.423.7876.0
      J. Martinez DH50000006.294.370.523.8940.0
      R. Devers 3B53231001.316.374.513.88614.0
      X. Bogaerts SS41000111.298.379.535.9141.5
      B. Holt 2B52310010.293.356.341.6975.5
      M. Chavis 1B50100035.255.345.477.822-0.5
      J. Bradley CF20130210.190.290.316.6066.5
      S. Leon C30110012.222.306.370.6772.5
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        A. Gordon LF30000010.277.363.488.851-0.5
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        J. Soler DH30000010.236.289.489.778-0.5
        C. Cuthbert 1B30100000.368.368.6841.0531.0
        K. Gutierrez 3B30100011.270.299.365.6640.5
        N. Lopez 2B30000012.203.259.266.525-0.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Benintendi (12), R. Devers (17), J. Bradley (10), S. Leon (2)
          • HR - R. Devers (9)
          • SF - S. Leon
          • RBI - R. Devers 3 (38), B. Holt (6), J. Bradley 3 (17), S. Leon (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Holt (3), J. Bradley 3 (9)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts 3 (3), J. Martinez 2 (2), M. Chavis 2 (2), S. Leon
          BATTING
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Lopez, M. Maldonado
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - R. Devers (8)
          BASERUNNING
          • Picked Off - W. Merrifield
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Mondesi-Lopez-Cuthbert)
          • E - C. Cuthbert
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sale (W, 2-7)9.030001203.841.0040.0
          Total9.03000120---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sale (W, 2-7)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (L, 4-6)4.28653505.631.50-6.5
          B. Boxberger0.10000005.091.520.0
          J. Lopez2.03221116.751.550.5
          W. Peralta1.00001004.611.572.0
          I. Kennedy1.00000204.011.344.0
          Total9.01187581---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (L, 4-6)4.2
          B. Boxberger0.1
          J. Lopez2.0
          W. Peralta1.0
          I. Kennedy1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 102-73
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 10-4
          • Batters Faced - C. Sale 29
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Junis
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 99-59, B. Boxberger 4-3, J. Lopez 37-22, W. Peralta 11-4, I. Kennedy 18-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 6-4, J. Lopez 2-3, W. Peralta 1-1, I. Kennedy 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 26, B. Boxberger, J. Lopez 10, W. Peralta 3, I. Kennedy 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Leon hit sacrifice fly to center, Holt scored, Chavis to third80
            Devers homered to center70
          • 5TH INNING
            Bradley doubled to deep left, Devers, Bogaerts and Holt scored60
            Devers doubled to deep right center, Benintendi scored30
          • 1ST INNING
            Holt singled to right, Devers scored, Bogaerts to second20
            Devers reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Betts scored, Benintendi out at second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ian Kennedy relieved Wily Peralta
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Bogaerts struck out on foul tip
            • B. Holt: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Holt grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Chavis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Chavis struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Hamilton fouled out to first
            • T. Gore: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gore struck out swinging
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Mondesi lined out to left
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Terrance Gore in right field
            • Ryan O'Hearn in left field
            • Wily Peralta relieved Jorge Lopez
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • JD. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Benintendi out at second
            • R. Devers: Ball, Devers fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • K. Gutierrez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gutierrez struck out looking
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Lopez struck out looking
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Devers homered to center
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to deep center
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Holt singled to right
            • M. Chavis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Chavis singled to right, Holt to second
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked, Holt to third, Chavis to second
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Leon hit sacrifice fly to center, Holt scored, Chavis to third
            • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Soler flied out to right
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Jorge Lopez relieved Brad Boxberger
            • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Foul, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi grounded out to first
            • JD. Martinez: Ball, Martinez lined out to right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • B. Hamilton: Hamilton grounded out to third
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Foul, Benintendi doubled to deep right center
            • JD. Martinez: Foul, Martinez flied out to right
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Devers doubled to deep right center, Benintendi scored
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Holt reached on an infield single to second, Devers to third, Bogaerts to second
            • M. Chavis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Chavis struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Bradley doubled to deep left, Devers, Bogaerts and Holt scored
            • Brad Boxberger relieved Jake Junis
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Leon lined out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Strike looking, Cuthbert singled to shallow center
            • K. Gutierrez: Ball, Gutierrez reached on fielder's choice to third, Cuthbert out at second
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Lopez reached on fielder's choice to second, Gutierrez out at second
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Chavis: Ball, Ball, Chavis grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley walked
            • S. Leon: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
            • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Betts reached on fielder's choice to third, Bradley out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Mondesi grounded out to third
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Foul, Strike swinging, Soler lined out to center
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers flied out to left
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts grounded out to third
            • B. Holt: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield singled to center
            • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield out at first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Leon doubled to deep right
            • M. Betts: Foul, Betts flied out to right
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Benintendi singled to center, Leon to third
            • JD. Martinez: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Martinez grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert grounded out to third
            • K. Gutierrez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gutierrez singled to right
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Lopez grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Betts to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Benintendi singled to right, Betts to third
            • JD. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez flied out to shallow left
            • R. Devers: Devers reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Betts scored, Benintendi out at second
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Devers stole second, Bogaerts safe at first on 1st baseman Cuthbert fielding error, Devers to third
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Holt singled to right, Devers scored, Bogaerts to second
            • M. Chavis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chavis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Mondesi grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon grounded out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)