Sale brings A stuff and Leon provides the big hit in 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers
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The Boston Red Sox power pass the Texas Rangers in the series finale Sunday afternoon, 6-1. The win improved the Sox record to 25-9.
Chris Sale brought his A stuff to the mound, and Sandy Leon put a ball into the seats against Doug Fister for a three run home run in the middle innings. A scary moment for Sox fans, as Mookie Betts left the game with a right shoulder contusion.
Sale used all his pitches in Sundays outing but he had a wicked fastball-slider combination against the Rangers. He worked at a brisk pace as the game only lasted two hours and thirty-five minutes. Sale powered his way through seven innings, only giving up four hits, one earned run, one walk, and picked up twelve strikeouts. He did hit two batters but did not allow them to score.
Sale also came up with two inning ending fielding plays. in the second inning, he would catch a come backer to end the inning. In the 4th, he started a inning ending double play.
The scoring began in the bottom of the first inning. After Mookie got on base with a single, he was hit in the back while sliding into second base to avoid a double play. He was able to finish the inning after Mitch Moreland came to the plate and hit a double to right field to drive in Mookie, and take the lead 1-0.
Mookie was taken out of the game in the bottom of the second inning, and Blake Swihart would take over in left field.
Rafael Devers would pick up his eighth error of the year at third base in the bottom of the second inning. His error would lead to a bases loaded jam that ended with Sale catching a come backer to end the inning. Devers nearly got his second error of the game in the top of the fourth after making another bad throw to Mitchy 2 Bags at first, but the call was overturned after the Sox challenged the play.
In the top of the third inning, Xander Bogaerts would drive in J.D. Martinez. After Martinez ran through the third base coaches stop sign, Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar made a questionable play as he cut off outfielder Joey Gallo‘s throw to home, allowing Martinez to score. Nonetheless, the Sox lead 2-0 at the end of the inning.
In the top of the 6th inning, Leon would come up with the big hit of the day. Leon launched a three run bomb over the right field wall to stretch Boston’s lead 5-0.
Martinez would follow Leon’s home run with his own home run in the top of the 7th inning. He would drive a ball over the right field fence to make the Sox’s lead 6-0. Sale would only give up one run in the bottom of the 7th inning which was a home run to Ryan Rua. Texas would get on the board and make the score 6-1.