Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JULY 18: Starting pitcher Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox pitches at the top of the third inning of the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 18, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Chris Sale had about as good of a bounceback as you could hope for on Thursday. Five days after a rough outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sale struck out 12 as the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 at Fenway Park.

Sale allowed just two hits and two walks over six dominant innings, just crossing the 100-pitch threshold to finish with 101. Thursday marked his first start of zero runs allowed since June 10 and his first win at Fenway Park all season; he had last earned a W on his home field on July 11, 2018.

The Red Sox got all the offense they needed in the fifth inning, when Sandy Leon singled home Sam Travis. But Rafael Devers followed that up with a three-run home run to give Sale more than enough to work with. Devers is now up to 19 homers and 73 RBIs in just 94 games.

Up Next: The Red Sox get the Baltimore Orioles next for a three-game set at Camden Yards. After that, they go through their most crucial stretch of the season to date, with 14 straight games against the Rays or Yankees.

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