Chris Sale struck out 13 over seven dominant innings as the Boston Red Sox blanked the Seattle Mariners, 5-0, to win their three-game weekend series at Fenway Park on Sunday.
Sale has a 1.29 ERA with 43 strikeouts over his last 28 innings, spanning four starts, although the Red Sox went 2-2 in those games. He leads the American League with 153 strikeouts, and his 2.56 ERA is seventh-best in the league.
Offensively, Mitch Moreland led the Red Sox with two RBIs on a 1-for-4 afternoon, including his 11th home run of the season. He falls about 41 at-bats shy of qualifying for the batting title, but his .299 average would rank second among all AL first basemen. His .937 OPS would rank first by a wide margin; the Athletics’ Matt Olson leads qualified first basemen at .798.
Up Next: The Red Sox are off Monday before kicking off a three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park.
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