Chris Sale snaps Fenway losing streak, beats Blue Jays 5-0

BOSTON (AP) That was a relief.

And not a bad start, either.

Chris Sale and two relievers combined on a two-hitter, and the Boston Red Sox left-hander struck out 12 in six innings to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 on Thursday and earn his first regular-season win at Fenway Park in more than a year.

Sale (4-9) gave up both hits and walked two to earn his first victory anywhere in a month and his first at home since July 11, 2018 - a span of 14 starts.

''It's good to see him win a game here, win a game at home - for whatever that means,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. ''But the way he did it is the most satisfying thing.''

It was Sale's 11th game this season with 10 or more strikeouts. The seven-time All-Star, who had allowed five runs in three straight starts for the first time in his career, had a 7.89 ERA in three previous appearances against Toronto this season.

''I'm obviously coming off three of the worst starts of my career,'' said Sale, who had a dozen teammates watch his bullpen session on Tuesday, whether to help spot a flaw in his mechanics or just to show their support. ''Good, bad or indifferent, I'm not out on an island.''

Marcus Walden pitched two hitless innings for the Red Sox and Darwinzon Hernandez struck out two in a perfect ninth to end it.

Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer off Thomas Pannone (2-4), who matched Sale into the fifth inning before giving up Sam Travis' double and Sandy Leon's RBI single. After Mookie Betts walked, Devers hit the first pitch out to right-center to make it 4-0 and chase Pannone.

''You could tell early on that Chris Sale was on, and so there was no room for error,'' Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. ''(Pannone) gave us a chance.''

Betts, who also hit a solo homer in the seventh, scored a run for the 13th consecutive game, tying Ted Williams' franchise record.

DEVERS DELIVERS

Devers has seven homers and 23 RBIs in 13 games this month, and he is batting .397 in July. He has 28 RBIs against the Blue Jays in 2019, the most ever for a player against Toronto in one season (with three games left).

It is the most for any player against a single opponent since Gary Sheffield drove in 28 runs against the Orioles in 2005.

''Whenever he's at the plate, you feel like something great is going to happen,'' Sale said. ''That was a big swing for us.''

TRAVEL ISSUES

Pannone was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo and was booked on a 5:30 p.m. flight to Boston that was canceled because of Wednesday night's storms. Another flight five hours later was fully booked, so he hopped in a car for a 450-mile ride to Boston.

He arrived at around 4 a.m. and slept until 9:30.

''I just really sat back. I was like, `I can't let this affect me right now. I need to stay focused on tomorrow, today,''' said Pannone, who gave up four runs on five hits and three walks, striking out two. ''I just enjoyed the ride, really.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Closer Ken Giles (nerve inflammation, right elbow) has been cleared physically but was given the day off after pitching the eighth inning Wednesday. ... RHP Ryan Borucki's (elbow discomfort) made a rehab start in Buffalo and his next start will be in the majors, either Sunday or Monday.

Red Sox: Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) struck out the side in a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket. ... 1B Mitch Moreland (right quad strain) will rehab with Pawtucket on Friday.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Visit the Detroit Tigers on Friday night when RHP Marcus Stroman (5-10) faces RHP Jordan Zimmerman (0-6).

Red Sox: LHP David Price (7-2) faces LHP John Means (7-5) when the Red Sox open a three-game series in Baltimore.

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  • W: C. Sale (4-9)L: T. Pannone (2-4)
  • HR: BOS - M. Betts (14), R. Devers (19)
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R. Grichuk RF40000031.232.292.416.708-1.5
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J. Smoak 1B40100010.217.352.416.7680.5
D. Jansen C20000011.216.289.372.6610.5
V. Guerrero DH20000112.238.317.387.7040.5
T. Hernandez CF30000023.204.270.391.661-1.0
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    R. Devers 3B41131011.325.379.563.9427.5
    X. Bogaerts SS40200010.315.400.575.9751.5
    J. Martinez RF40000003.286.360.512.8710.0
    C. Vazquez DH30000113.293.333.511.8440.5
    M. Chavis 2B-1B40000031.258.333.457.790-1.5
    A. Benintendi LF20000210.267.348.422.7701.5
    S. Travis 1B21100101.206.229.235.4644.0
    a- M. Hernandez PH-2B10000002.333.345.519.8640.0
    S. Leon C41110024.189.263.264.5272.0
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    BATTING
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Galvis 2 (2), R. Grichuk, T. Hernandez
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Travis
    • HR - M. Betts (14), R. Devers (19)
    • RBI - M. Betts (44), R. Devers 3 (73), S. Leon (12)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Vazquez 3 (3), S. Leon 4 (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Bogaerts-Chavis-Travis)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Pannone (L, 2-4)4.15442316.391.51-2.5
    J. Shafer1.21001301.881.532.5
    D. Law1.11112216.891.790.0
    J. Biagini0.20000103.831.370.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Pannone (L, 2-4)4.1
    J. Shafer1.2
    D. Law1.1
    J. Biagini0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale (W, 4-9)6.020021204.051.0830.0
    M. Walden2.00000103.651.146.5
    D. Hernandez1.00000203.681.914.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale (W, 4-9)6.0
    M. Walden2.0
    D. Hernandez1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Biagini (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Pannone 65-49, J. Shafer 32-24, D. Law 34-17, J. Biagini 14-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Pannone 2-8, J. Shafer 1-1, D. Law 1-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Pannone 20, J. Shafer 7, D. Law 7, J. Biagini 2
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Walden (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 101-67, M. Walden 23-13, D. Hernandez 12-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-1, M. Walden 2-2, D. Hernandez 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 22, M. Walden 6, D. Hernandez 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Galvis SS40000033.265.303.447.750-1.5
    R. Grichuk RF40000031.232.292.416.708-1.5
    L. Gurriel LF40000020.292.339.597.936-1.0
    J. Smoak 1B40100010.217.352.416.7680.5
    D. Jansen C20000011.216.289.372.6610.5
    V. Guerrero DH20000112.238.317.387.7040.5
    T. Hernandez CF30000023.204.270.391.661-1.0
    C. Biggio 2B20000111.221.352.386.7380.5
    B. Drury 3B30100011.220.266.378.6440.5
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    J. Shafer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts CF32211100.284.399.480.8799.0
      R. Devers 3B41131011.325.379.563.9427.5
      X. Bogaerts SS40200010.315.400.575.9751.5
      J. Martinez RF40000003.286.360.512.8710.0
      C. Vazquez DH30000113.293.333.511.8440.5
      M. Chavis 2B-1B40000031.258.333.457.790-1.5
      A. Benintendi LF20000210.267.348.422.7701.5
      S. Travis 1B21100101.206.229.235.4644.0
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      M. Walden P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      • a-lined out for Travis in the 8th
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Galvis 2 (2), R. Grichuk, T. Hernandez
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Travis
      • HR - M. Betts (14), R. Devers (19)
      • RBI - M. Betts (44), R. Devers 3 (73), S. Leon (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Vazquez 3 (3), S. Leon 4 (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Bogaerts-Chavis-Travis)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Pannone (L, 2-4)4.15442316.391.51-2.5
      J. Shafer1.21001301.881.532.5
      D. Law1.11112216.891.790.0
      J. Biagini0.20000103.831.370.5
      Total8.0755592---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Pannone (L, 2-4)4.1
      J. Shafer1.2
      D. Law1.1
      J. Biagini0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 4-9)6.020021204.051.0830.0
      M. Walden2.00000103.651.146.5
      D. Hernandez1.00000203.681.914.0
      Total9.02002150---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 4-9)6.0
      M. Walden2.0
      D. Hernandez1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Biagini (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Pannone 65-49, J. Shafer 32-24, D. Law 34-17, J. Biagini 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Pannone 2-8, J. Shafer 1-1, D. Law 1-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Pannone 20, J. Shafer 7, D. Law 7, J. Biagini 2
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Walden (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 101-67, M. Walden 23-13, D. Hernandez 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-1, M. Walden 2-2, D. Hernandez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 22, M. Walden 6, D. Hernandez 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Betts homered to center05
      • 5TH INNING
        Devers homered to right center, Leon and Betts scored04
        Leon singled to left center, Travis scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Darwinzon Hernandez relieved Marcus Walden
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Ball, Smoak grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Walden Pitching:
        • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Biggio lined out to center
        • B. Drury: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Drury grounded out to pitcher
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Galvis struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Law Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vazquez walked
        • M. Chavis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Chavis struck out looking
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi walked, Vazquez to second
        • Joe Biagini relieved Derek Law
        • Marco Hernandez hit for Sam Travis
        • M. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Vazquez to third, Benintendi to second on wild pitch, Hernandez lined out to right
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Marcus Walden relieved Chris Sale
        • D. Jansen: Foul, Ball, Ball, Jansen hit by pitch
        • V. Guerrero: Guerrero lined out to right
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Jansen out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Derek Law relieved Justin Shafer
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Betts homered to center
        • R. Devers: Devers grounded out to pitcher
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to pitcher
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to first
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Foul, Smoak grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Shafer Pitching:
        • M. Chavis: Ball, Foul, Chavis grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • S. Travis: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Travis walked
        • S. Leon: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • V. Guerrero: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Guerrero walked
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
        • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Biggio struck out looking
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Drury singled to right, Guerrero to second
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Pannone Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi popped out to third
        • S. Travis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Travis doubled to deep left
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Leon singled to left center, Travis scored
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked, Leon to second
        • R. Devers: Devers homered to right center, Leon and Betts scored
        • Justin Shafer relieved Thomas Pannone
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Bogaerts singled to deep left
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez fouled out to catcher
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • L. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to second
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Pannone Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez flied out to center
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Vazquez grounded out to third
        • M. Chavis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Chavis struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • C. Biggio: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Biggio walked
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
        • F. Galvis: Galvis lined out to left
        • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Pannone Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts flied out to deep center
        • R. Devers: Devers lined out to center
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Smoak singled to center
        • D. Jansen: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Jansen reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Smoak out at second
        • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Guerrero struck out swinging
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Pannone Pitching:
        • M. Chavis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Chavis struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
        • S. Travis: Foul, Travis flied out to deep right
        • S. Leon: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Leon flied out to deep left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Grichuk struck out looking
        • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Pannone Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts singled to center
        • R. Devers: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts singled to left, Betts to second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez flied out to center
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez lined out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)