Boston Red Sox

It was hard to tell the players apart at frigid Fenway Park on Sunday, as many on the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox had to cover their faces in addition to wear No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. But it was clear who was the better team.

Chris Sale, who pitched in his usual short sleeves despite a game time temperature of 34 degrees, struck out eight Orioles in five innings as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 3-1 on Sunday. Sale wasn’t perfect – he had a rare multiple-walk outing with two free passes – but he was certainly strong, allowing just one run on two hits in his five frames of work.

Andrew Benintendi paced the Red Sox offense as he went 3-for-4 with an RBI triple in the fifth inning to tie the game 1-1. Boston then went ahead in the sixth, when a wild pitch by Orioles starter Dylan Bundy scored J.D. Martinez to make it 2-1. Shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin added an insurance run to make it 3-1 when he lined a ground-rule double to right field.

Up Next: The Red Sox, who are now a major league-best 13-2, are rained out for their annual Marathon Monday morning game. They head to California next to take on Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Tuesday night.

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