Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sale Being Sale: Red Sox Win 9th Straight Behind Ace, Sweep Away Texas, 4-2

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This Chris Sale dude is pretty good. The lefty Red Sox ace went seven innings last night, giving up no earned runs and striking out 12 Rangers in the 4-2 victory. Exactly how good has Sale been lately? Well, over his last seven starts, he's got a 0.94 ERA, with 78 strikeouts. And, he's had eleven or more strikeouts and one or fewer walks in five straight starts—the longest streak like that in MLB history. On the offensive side of the ball, Boston got multiple contributions—including by J.D. Martinez and two more of his MLB-leading 79 RBIs. Xander Bogaerts went 3-4 with an RBI and is now hitting .283. The Carmine Hose also got multiple-hit games from Andrew Benintendi (2-4, R) and Eduardo Nunez (2-4). But the real story of this game was Sale—who lowered his ERA to 2.23 in the process of claiming his 10th win of the year. The victory kept Boston 3.5 games up on The Bronx Embalmers in the American League East.