Chris Sale struck out 12 batters in a dominant outing and J.D. Martinez smacked his eighth home run in the Red Sox 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Red Sox took three out of four games from the Rangers to improve their major-league-best record to 25-9.
Sale allowed just one run on four hits and a walk over seven masterful innings, the lone blemish being a solo home run by Ryan Rua in the seventh. The Red Sox ace picked up his third win of the season to move to 3-1 while lowering his ERA to 2.02, the fourth-best mark in the American League entering Monday.
Martinez, meanwhile, went 2-for-4 with the home run to improve his batting average on the season to .349 and his OPS to 1.015. His 27 RBIs in 32 games are the fifth-most in the AL; he’s on pace for 38 homers and 129 RBIs for the season.
Sandy Leon led the way with three RBIs for the Red Sox on Sunday, going 2-for-3 with a three-run homer.
Up Next: The Red Sox get a day off Monday, before kicking off a three-game set against the Yankees in the Bronx on Tuesday. Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 6.14 ERA) takes on Luis Severino (5-1, 2.11 ERA) in the series opener.
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