Sports Chris Sale dominates as Red Sox edge Blue Jays in extras

02:50  21 april  2017
02:50  21 april  2017 Source:   Sportsnet

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Boston left-hander Chris Sale struck out 13 batters over eight innings before Kimbrel blew his first save of the year. Kimbrel (1-0) also worked the 10th inning for the Red Sox , who have won five of their last six games. %2Fbaseball%2Fmlb%2Fchris- sale - dominates - red - sox - edge - blue - jays - extras %2F.

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image: Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale allowed just four hits and a walk. He threw 80 of his 102 pitches for strikes. © image Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale allowed just four hits and a walk. He threw 80 of his 102 pitches for strikes.

TORONTO — Mookie Betts hit a three-run double off Toronto reliever Jason Grilli in the 10th inning as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Thursday afternoon.

Grilli (0-2) gave up a single and two walks before Betts cleared the bases by driving a ball into the left-field corner to silence the crowd of 44,283 at Rogers Centre.

The Red Sox improved to 10-6 by taking the rubber game of the three-game series. Toronto is in the basement of Major League Baseball’s overall standings at 3-12.

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After strong performances by both starting pitchers, each team’s closer coughed up a run in the ninth inning.

Toronto’s Roberto Osuna gave up a two-out double to Mitch Moreland, who scored the game’s first run on a Xander Bogaerts single. Bogaerts was called safe at second base on the play but it was overturned after a review.

Kendrys Morales burned Boston closer Craig Kimbrel in the bottom half of the frame with a solo shot. It was his third home run of the season.

Boston left-hander Chris Sale struck out 13 batters over eight innings before Kimbrel blew his first save of the year. Kimbrel (1-0) also worked the 10th inning for the Red Sox, who have won five of their last six games.

Boston outhit Toronto 7-5.

Toronto starter Marco Estrada threw six shutout frames before Joe Biagini and Joe Smith followed with an inning of scoreless relief apiece.

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Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Chris Sale was absolutely lights-out but didn’t come away with a win. The Boston Red Sox left-hander was virtually unhittable Thursday afternoon at Rogers Centre, dealing eight shutout innings against the Toronto Blue Jays .

Dustin Pedroia flared a ball to shallow left field for the game’s first hit in the third inning. Andrew Benintendi moved him to second base with a two-out single but Estrada fanned Betts to escape.

The Blue Jays put two runners on in the bottom half. Devon Travis hit a one-out single and beat the throw to second when Ryan Goins hit a slow grounder to short.

Blue Jays looking for a little break so snap slump .
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