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Sale's 13 Ks, Betts' 2B In 10th Lead Red Sox Over Jays

21 April 2017

At 3-12, Toronto is off to the worst start in team history and has lost its first five series for the first time.

In the 10th, Grilli (0-2) gave up a single and two walks before Betts drove a ball into the left-field corner to silence the crowd of 44,283 at Rogers Centre. As a result, when Chris Sale arrived in Boston this offseason, I was not expecting him to pitch to his full potential in his first starts with the Red Sox. Kimbrel stayed in the game to pitch the 10th and got the Jays out in order, all strikeouts, to end the game. Bogaerts followed with a single down the right-field line to score the Moreland with the first run of the game. For Thames, it was his eighth home run of the season. The left-hander allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out a season-high 13 batters, an all-time high for a Red Sox pitcher in Toronto. He is up to 42 strikeouts in 29.2 innings of work. Baltimore would win 2-1 in 10 innings. Andrew Benintendi moved him to second base with a two-out single but Estrada fanned Betts to escape. Take the dominant pitcher with the team that is playing better overall. NY made seven errors in the set. Noah Syndergaard (1-1) struck out 10 in seven innings.

NY slugger Yoenis Cespedes limped off in the fifth inning with a left hamstring cramp. He engaged in an 11-pitch duel with Devon Travis in the next frame, but the second baseman ultimately flied out harmlessly to left. Brad Brach retired the side in the 10th for his second straight save, filling in while closer Zach Britton recovers from a sore forearm.

ARLINGTON, Texas - Delino DeShields had an RBI single with one out in the 13th inning to score Joey Gallo from second base and Texas beat Kansas City.

Why has the offense disappeared when Sale pitches?

"I felt like the attitude and tone in here changed a little bit from what we were able to create yesterday", Pillar said, referring to a three-run rally in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 8-7 defeat. This was the longest of those games.

Gallo's double was the first hit for the Rangers since Jonathan Lucroy's leadoff double in the fifth.

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Sale allowed four hits, all singles, and walked one.

The Blue Jays just can't seem to put together any offence in the early going of the season, which is a shame because the pitching staff is holding up their end of the bargain.

Sale gave up a total of three runs in his first three starts. After that rotten start, they had climbed back to 7-9 and had Paxton going, the guy who hadn't allowed a run in his first three starts.

Liriano (1-1), meanwhile, allowed only two Boston runners to reach base over the first four innings.

Padres 4, Diamondbacks 1: Clayton Richard pitched into the seventh inning and Wil Myers and Austin Hedges homered to lead San Diego.

Richard (2-2) gave up a run and nine hits in 6⅔ innings.

Estrada has turned in two quality starts in his three outings but doesn't have a win to show for it yet.

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Brandon Maurer pitched the ninth for his third save and second in consecutive nights. But his mood was decidedly sour Thursday after the loss, Toronto's 12th in 15 games this season. All three runs were unearned. But it wasn't enough with Richard keeping the Diamondbacks off-balance with his sinker.

In Oakland, Cesar Valdez pitched in the major leagues for the first time in almost seven years and the Athletics beat the Mariners.

But even though my jaded-cynic credentials are up to date, it's still hard to imagine management blowing things up given what they have said in the very recent past.

A right-hander from the Dominican Republic, he was called up from Triple-A Nashville to fill in for injured opening day starter Kendall Graveman.

"No I don't", said Grilli when asked if he knows why the club is struggling so much.

For the Red Sox, Chris Sale will be on the mound while Marco Estrada will be on the mound for Toronto.

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Sale's 13 Ks, Betts' 2B In 10th Lead Red Sox Over Jays