Chris Sale: Sale fans 13 Blue Jays in dominant showing

Chris Sale: Sale fans 13 Blue Jays in dominant showing

Quick thoughts. Good read from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on David Freese's lifelong battle with depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse and how he's changed since leaving the Cardinals, a reminder that players often have stuff going on off the field we don't always know about. "Really in all phases of it". With an offence as good as the Blue Jays' (on paper of course), that should equate to a lot more than 3 wins.

Even though Sale boasts an incredible 0.91 earned run average through four starts, he holds a 1-1 record.

The teams will play the rubber game in the three-game set Thursday afternoon. Toronto remains at the bottom of the Major League Baseball overall standings at 3-11.

Roberto Osuna, followed Biagni and Jason Grilli in the ninth inning to record the save.

"Yeah, I think it's a great time (for a road swing)", said Gibbons. It's going to take a hell of an effort, that's for sure. Pillar vowed in spring training that he would be aggressive early and more selective late in the count to avoid striking out. Bautista is now on an 0-for-16 streak at the plate, is batting.109 overall and has no home runs in 55 at-bats this season. Russell, Tulowitzki and Martin both got on via errors. And they have minor-league call-ups lined up to start in Los Angeles because of injuries to Aaron Sanchez and J.A. Happ.

Some players are pressing to make things happen at the plate. Then again, if the real game only starts when Sale comes out, what good is it? "It's the feel of it".

A similar stretch in the middle of the season may not get the same attention. But since Toronto has struggled out of the gate - when expectations for 2017 were high - the skid has been a real talking point. The 33-year-old worked his typical quietly effective magic sedating a Red Sox lineup full of risky offensive threats. The lefty struck out a baker's dozen and only allowed four baserunners - three via hits and one on ball four. Joe Biagini, pitching for the second day in a row and the ninth time this month, pitched a scoreless seventh before Joe Smith struck out two on his way to a clean eighth.

Toronto capped a 2-7 homestand by dropping a 4-1 decision to the Boston Red Sox in a matinee at Rogers Centre.

Rangers 1, Royals 0 (13): Delino DeShields had an RBI single with one out in the 13th inning to score Joey Gallo from second base.

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Left fielder Ezequiel Carrera drove in Barney from second after he advanced to second on a single by Kevin Pillar.

"We felt like it was time to turn to it over to a guy who was fresh and powerful", Farrell said. He also made a great catch on Hanley Ramirez in the second, nearly all the wall in centre field.

Zach Davies (1-2) allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.

And he's the first Red Sox pitcher to strike out at least 12 in consecutive games since Pedro in 2001.

"I didn't try to do too much", Liriano said. "I just tried to throw strikes". I've seen guys have good runs.

Porcello (1-2), who won the American League Cy Young Award a year ago, allowed six hits and a walk while striking out five. He threw 76 of 110 pitches for strikes. Boston had a chance in the fifth end when Liriano walked leadoff hitter Xander Bogaerts and one out later Sandoval singled to give Boston runners at first and second.

Announced attendance was 30,842 and the game took two hours 45 minutes to play.

Betts stuck out swinging in the fourth, snapping a streak of 129 plate appearances without a strikeout since he took a called third strike from Baltimore's Oliver Drake on September 12. 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.

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