The Boston Red Sox finished off their three-game series against the Detroit Tigers in convincing fashion on Sunday, scoring nine runs and becoming the first team in the major leagues to 70 wins after a 9-1 victory at Comerica Park.
Chris Sale improved to 11-4 on the season after another excellent performance, tossing six shutout innings with just two hits allowed and striking out nine. Sale exited after just 81 pitches; the Red Sox had already built a 6-0 lead to that point in the game.
Boston got the scoring started with a pair of groundouts by Rafael Devers and Eduardo Nunez in the second inning. But the game really blew open in the fourth after the Sox worked the bases loaded. Nunez grabbed his second RBI of the game when he singled Steve Pearce home, then Jackie Bradley Jr. made it 6-0 with one swing of the bat on his seventh home run of the year.
At 70-31 on the season, the Red Sox extended their American League East lead to five games over the New York Yankees, who can keep pace with a win over the New York Mets on Sunday night.
Up Next: The Red Sox kick off a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on Monday. Rick Porcello (11-4, 4.13 ERA) takes on Kevin Gausman (4-7, 4.33 ERA) in the series opener.
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