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Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: Chris Sale is really good

Rob Bradford
June 24, 2018 - 3:38 pm

Chris Sale's final pitch Sunday was 100 mph. It flew past the bat of Seattle's Mike Zunino, marking the third punch-out of the seventh inning. It was the appropriate punctuation.

Sale continued his recent dominance, this time not allowing a run over seven innings. He struck out 13 (two shy of his career-high) while walking just one. And this time the lefty actually got run support along the way. It all added up to a decisive, 5-0 win over the Red Sox over the Mariners. (For a complete recap, click here.)

Over his last four outings Sale has totalled a 1.29 ERA (4 runs in 28 innings). The team is now 2-2 in those games thanks to just seven runs of support in the previous three outings.

Here are some more Sale factoids ...

- This marks his 17th career game with 13 or more strikeouts, the most in the majors since he entered the league in 2010 despite not starting a game until 2012.

- It was Sale's eighth career scoreless start with 13 or more strikeouts and four or fewer hits, including five with the Red Sox. The only other MLB pitchers since 1908 with eight or more such starts are Nolan Ryan (17), Randy Johnson (10) and Sandy Koufax (9).

- He is one of three American League pitchers to allow one or 0 runs in as many as 10 starts this season (Justin Verlander 11; Blake Snell 10).

Helping change the Sale-doesn't-get-any-runs narrative this time around was Jackie Bradley Jr., who managed his third three-hit game of the season, and first since April 17. It raised his average 11 points, going from .178 to .189. 

Claiming the RBI for the Red Sox were Rafael Devers, Mookie Betts, Sandy Leon and Mitch Moreland, who launched his 11th homer into the centerfield bleachers for the hosts' fourth and fifth runs.

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