MLB Game Recap - Toronto at Boston
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

SD
3
MIA
4
F
LAD
6
PHI
7
F
TOR
0
BOS
5
F
CHW
5
KC
6
F
TB
2
NYY
6
F
TB
1
NYY
5
F
STL
7
CIN
4
F
DET
3
CLE
6
F
WAS
13
ATL
4
F
OAK
3
MIN
6
F
HOU
6
LAA
2
F
MIL
5
ARI
1
F
NYM
2
SF
3
F(16)

July 18, 2019 1:05 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Toronto (36-62)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Boston (53-44)

0

0

0

0

4

0

1

0

x

5

7

0

W: Sale (4-9)

L: Pannone (2-4)

TOR - HR: none

BOS - HR: Devers (19) , Betts (14)

Chris Sale snaps Fenway losing streak, beats Blue Jays 5-0
Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:23 PM

BOSTON (AP) That was a relief.

And not a bad start, either.

Chris Sale and two relievers combined on a two-hitter, and the Boston Red Sox left-hander struck out 12 in six innings to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 on Thursday and earn his first regular-season win at Fenway Park in more than a year.

Sale (4-9) gave up both hits and walked two to earn his first victory anywhere in a month and his first at home since July 11, 2018 - a span of 14 starts.

"It's good to see him win a game here, win a game at home - for whatever that means," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "But the way he did it is the most satisfying thing."

It was Sale's 11th game this season with 10 or more strikeouts. The seven-time All-Star, who had allowed five runs in three straight starts for the first time in his career, had a 7.89 ERA in three previous appearances against Toronto this season.

"I'm obviously coming off three of the worst starts of my career," said Sale, who had a dozen teammates watch his bullpen session on Tuesday, whether to help spot a flaw in his mechanics or just to show their support. "Good, bad or indifferent, I'm not out on an island."

Marcus Walden pitched two hitless innings for the Red Sox and Darwinzon Hernandez struck out two in a perfect ninth to end it.

Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer off Thomas Pannone (2-4), who matched Sale into the fifth inning before giving up Sam Travis' double and Sandy Leon's RBI single. After Mookie Betts walked, Devers hit the first pitch out to right-center to make it 4-0 and chase Pannone.

"You could tell early on that Chris Sale was on, and so there was no room for error," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "(Pannone) gave us a chance."

Betts, who also hit a solo homer in the seventh, scored a run for the 13th consecutive game, tying Ted Williams' franchise record.

DEVERS DELIVERS

Devers has seven homers and 23 RBIs in 13 games this month, and he is batting .397 in July. He has 28 RBIs against the Blue Jays in 2019, the most ever for a player against Toronto in one season (with three games left).

It is the most for any player against a single opponent since Gary Sheffield drove in 28 runs against the Orioles in 2005.

"Whenever he's at the plate, you feel like something great is going to happen," Sale said. "That was a big swing for us."

TRAVEL ISSUES

Pannone was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo and was booked on a 5:30 p.m. flight to Boston that was canceled because of Wednesday night's storms. Another flight five hours later was fully booked, so he hopped in a car for a 450-mile ride to Boston.

He arrived at around 4 a.m. and slept until 9:30.

"I just really sat back. I was like, `I can't let this affect me right now. I need to stay focused on tomorrow, today,"' said Pannone, who gave up four runs on five hits and three walks, striking out two. "I just enjoyed the ride, really."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Closer Ken Giles (nerve inflammation, right elbow) has been cleared physically but was given the day off after pitching the eighth inning Wednesday. ... RHP Ryan Borucki's (elbow discomfort) made a rehab start in Buffalo and his next start will be in the majors, either Sunday or Monday.

Red Sox: Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) struck out the side in a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket. ... 1B Mitch Moreland (right quad strain) will rehab with Pawtucket on Friday.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Visit the Detroit Tigers on Friday night when RHP Marcus Stroman (5-10) faces RHP Jordan Zimmerman (0-6).

Red Sox: LHP David Price (7-2) faces LHP John Means (7-5) when the Red Sox open a three-game series in Baltimore.

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Pitchers of Record

Toronto IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
T. Pannone (L, 2-4) 4.1 5 4 2 3 8.31 1.615
Boston IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
C. Sale (W, 4-9) 6 2 0 2 12 0.00 0.667

Batting Leaders

Toronto AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
B. Drury 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.3
J. Smoak 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.3
Boston AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
M. Betts 3 2 2 1 1 1 5 0 3.9
S. Travis 2 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.5

Team Comparison

TOR BOS
At Bats 28 31
Hits 2 7
Batting Average .071 .226
On Base Percentage .161 .333
Slugging Percentage 0.071 0.452
Doubles 0 1
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 0 2
Total Bases 2 14
Walks 2 5
Strikeouts 15 9
Stolen Bases 0 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 4 7
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 0/1 2/6
Double Plays Fielded 0 3
Errors 0 0

2019 Regular Season - BOS Leads Series 10-6

Date Result Winner Loser
Tue Apr 9 TOR 7 @ BOS 5 M. Shoemaker C. Sale
Thu Apr 11 TOR 6 @ BOS 7 M. Walden K. Giles
Mon May 20 BOS 12 @ TOR 2 D. Price E. Jackson
Tue May 21 BOS 3 @ TOR 10 M. Stroman E. Rodriguez
Wed May 22 BOS 6 @ TOR 5 H. Hembree J. Cordero
Thu May 23 BOS 8 @ TOR 2 R. Weber S. Gaviglio
Fri Jun 21 TOR 5 @ BOS 7 B. Workman J. Romano
Sat Jun 22 TOR 8 @ BOS 7 N. Kingham M. Barnes
Sun Jun 23 TOR 6 @ BOS 1 M. Stroman R. Porcello
Tue Jul 2 BOS 10 @ TOR 6 D. Price T. Thornton
Wed Jul 3 BOS 3 @ TOR 6 J. Waguespack C. Sale
Thu Jul 4 BOS 8 @ TOR 7 B. Workman K. Giles
Mon Jul 15 TOR 8 @ BOS 10 R. Porcello T. Thornton
Tue Jul 16 TOR 10 @ BOS 4 J. Shafer A. Cashner
Wed Jul 17 TOR 4 @ BOS 5 E. Rodriguez A. Sanchez
Thu Jul 18 TOR 0 @ BOS 5 C. Sale T. Pannone

Game Information

Stadium: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 35,357
Game Time: 2:50
Weather: 69F, Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?