Chris Sale, Mookie Betts and the Red Sox Sweep the Orioles
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What a welcome series that was. After dropping two of three to the lowly Chicago White Sox, the Red Sox bounced back with a series sweep of the Baltimore Orioles. Thanks to another amazing start from Chris Sale paired with some actual run support, the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles, 5-1.
Chris Sale, Mookie Betts Lead Boston Red Sox to Sweep
Chris Sale started the series finale against the Orioles and did his usual thing. The Sox ace put together another gem, striking out nine batters in six innings of work while allowing just one run. While his four walks were higher than normal, it was still a great start. Sale lowered his ERA to 2.75 and looks to be back to his old form.
While Sale’s strong game is nothing surprising, the Red Sox flipped the script by actually giving run support to their ace. After missing two weeks of action, Mookie Betts showed that he is officially healthy and ready to return to his old form.
As he so often does in Camden Yards, Mookie knocked a ball out of the park. With the bases empty in the top of the third, Mookie took Orioles starter Yefry Ramirez to right center field to make it a 1-0 game. Two innings later, Mookie scored the games second run on a Xander Bogaerts sac-fly.
The Sox continued to do damage in the fifth. Following the Bogaerts sac-fly, Rafael Devers drove in Andrew Benintendi with a single. Devers now has an eight-game hitting streak and looks to be recovering from his recent slump.
Eduardo Nunez then singled to center, driving home J.D. Martinez to make it a 4-0 game. Two innings later, Martinez added to the Red Sox lead with a solo shot of his own. His 22nd home run of the season gave him sole possession of 2nd place leaguewide in home runs and gave the Red Sox a 5-0 lead.
The Orioles managed to put a run on the board, but this game’s outcome was never in doubt. The Red Sox took care of business, bouncing back from an ugly series to sweep the Orioles. David Price and the Red Sox travel to Seattle tomorrow to take on Felix Herandez and the upstart Seattle Mariners.