KANSAS CITY – Chris Sale turned in one of the best outings of his career Wednesday night, tossing a complete game shutout as the Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 8-0.
The left-hander allowed just three hits and struck out 12 men, including three in the eighth inning as part of an immaculate nine-pitch frame:
For the second time this year, Chris Sale was immaculate. pic.twitter.com/VUYRxaONdo— MLB (@MLB) June 6, 2019
Sale also had an immaculate inning on May 9 in Baltimore, and made baseball history by accomplishing the feat two times in one year:
#RedSox Chris Sale is the first pitcher to throw two Immaculate Innings in a single season since Lefty Grove in 1928.— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) June 6, 2019
Sale and Grove are the only two pitchers in history to have multiple immaculate innings in one season.
Rafael Devers stayed hot with a 2-for-5 night, driving in three. He hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. Jackie Bradley also drove in three runs, all coming on a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning.
Brock Holt and Sandy Leon added RBIs.
The Red Sox and Royals will wrap up their series with a Thursday afternoon matinee. Ryan Weber (1-1, 4.50 ERA) will oppose left-hander Danny Duffy (3-2, 4.05 ERA).