Red Sox rock Sale, win 8-2 to snap White Sox streak – ESPN (blog)
BOSTON — Steven Wright and the slumping Red Sox looked like a long shot against Chris Sale and the surging White Sox on Thursday night.
Then Wright’s knuckleball came alive, Sale had his worst start since April, and Chicago’s seven-game winning streak came to a surprising end.
Wright pitched seven effective innings and David Ortiz went 3 for 3 with two RBI, leading Boston to an 8-2 victory.
“It was nice. Our guys did an unbelievable job because I didn’t realize how hard (Sale) threw,” said Wright, who had lost his previous two starts since being called up from the minors. “Our guys put together some good at-bats.”
Xander Bogaerts also had three hits in Boston’s third win in 15 games, and Rusney Castillo homered in the seventh. Brock Holt had a key two-run single.
Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer in the first for the White Sox, who head home for a weekend series against the Yankees after a 7-1 road trip moved them into contention for an AL wild card.
The first five batters reached in Boston’s four-run sixth before Sale (9-6) was lifted. He allowed seven runs and 12 hits.
“We’ve been playing great and we’ve got 24 guys in here that didn’t deserve tonight,” Sale said. “I should have been better for them. At least we know the reason why we lost this game.”
All signs pointed to the White Sox completing their first unbeaten road trip of eight or more games since 1951 and reaching .500 for the first time since early May.
Sale had a sparkling 0.89 ERA in seven appearances against AL-worst Boston. Wright had struggled, and the Red Sox were uncompetitive in losing the first three games of the series.
But Sale struggled with his location, while Wright (4-4) struck out a career-high eight after a suspect start.
“He didn’t have a real good feel for it the first couple of innings,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “Then once he did get the feel for it, the consistency, the violence to the action and the strike-throwing ability improved across the board. It slowed them down.”
The White Sox, who had four-, five- and two-run first innings in the first three games of the series, added two more when Abreu sent a 1-1 pitch into the Red Sox bullpen for his 17th homer. It also extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
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