By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Chris Sale couldn’t keep the Red Sox rolling on Saturday night, instead giving up five runs in a 10-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Fenway Park. Sale took his latest loss to fall to 3-9, failing to get out of the fifth inning for the third time this season.
The Red Sox’ bats, meanwhile, went mostly silent against starter Ross Stripling and the Dodgers’ staff. Stripling markedly outperformed Sale with just one run allowed in 5 innings, the only damage to him being shortstop Xander Bogaerts’ 19th home run of the season on a solo shot.
Bogaerts drove in the Red Sox’ only other run of the game in the sixth inning off ex-Boston reliever Joe Kelly. In total, the Red Sox could only muster six hits.
Still, the game stood at just 5-2 after six innings. But the Dodgers blew it open with a four-run seven inning, lighting up knuckleballer Steven Wright for three runs in just a third of an inning. Cody Bellinger and A.J. Pollock smacked back-to-back home runs off Wright as part of the inning.
A defensive miscue by the Red Sox later in the inning left third base open, and Christian Vazquez’s throwing error helped Max Muncy score on the heads-up baserunning play to make it 8-2 Dodgers.
The Red Sox will look to take the rubber match of this weekend’s World Series rematch with the Dodgers on Sunday night at Fenway Park. David Price (7-2, 3.24 ERA) opposes NL Cy Young candidate Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-2, 1.73 ERA) to close out the three-game set in Boston.
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