TORONTO – It’s safe to say the Red Sox were expecting more from Chris Sale when they inked him to a five-year, $145 million contract extension in spring training.
Wednesday night was the latest in a long line of subpar starts for the lefty.
Sale was responsible for five of the six Toronto runs as the Red Sox dropped the second game of their series north of the border 6-3. The loss snapped a modest two-game winning streak for the Sox, who fell to 45-41 on the season.
Sale gave up nine hits, including three home runs, over 5 2/3 innings of work. He struck out five and walked two. His ERA now sits at 4.04.
Steven Wright was tagged for a run in the ninth inning.
Rafael Devers drove in two runs. Christian Vazquez hit a solo home run.
Xander Bogaerts struck out four times, marking the first time in his career that he has worn the Golden Sombrero.