CHICAGO – The Red Sox have been waiting for the real version of Chris Sale to finally show up in 2019.
In Friday night’s 6-1 win over the White Sox, they got their first glimpse.
Sale turned in arguably his best outing of 2019, tossing six shutout innings of three-hit ball. He struck out 10 batters and walked just one.
Sale improved to 1-5 on the season and saw his ERA fall to 5.25. It was the first time the Red Sox have won a start by the lefty this year.
Rafael Devers opened the scoring with a three-run home run in the first inning. The blast came a night after Devers committed a crucial ninth inning error leading to Chicago’s 6-4 walkoff win Thursday.
Some early run support courtesy of Rafael Devers. pic.twitter.com/aggYD5vA8N— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) May 4, 2019
Michael Chavis followed that up with a two-run homer in the sixth inning, the fourth long ball of his young big league career.
The Red Sox and White Sox will play game three of their weekend set on Saturday night. Eduardo Rodriguez (2-2, 6.16 ERA) will take the ball against left-hander Manny Banuelos (2-0, 2.70 ERA).