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Blue Jays stumped by Sale in loss to Red Sox

31 August 2017

The performance, which included three strikeouts, no walks and six hits, would have been worthy of a victory on most nights. "He's just a better all-round hitter. taking his singles by hitting the ball the other way".

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"I told him I think that's the best one I've seen live", Stroman said of Pillar's play. "For the most part, I did that". "Unfortunately it was a loss but all things considered, I'll take it". Sale would last seven-plus innings against Toronto and allow just three hits while striking out 11. Kerry Wood held the record, getting to 1,500 strikeouts in 1,303 innings.

And the accomplishments didn't stop there. At the most conservative of estimates, where Sale pitches eight more seasons in the Major League Baseball and retires at 36, he would end up with a career strikeouts record of around 3,360, which would still be good enough to be tenth on the all time strikeouts list.

The Red Sox (75-57) are 9-3 this season against Toronto, and the final two series of the season between the teams will be at Fenway Park.

"That's pretty insane", Sale told reporters after Boston's 3-0 win.

"As far as my first start with a new team and back up in the Big Leagues (for the first time since May 6), I couldn't really ask for much more", Anderson said. To do that, it's cool. It seemed nearly routine watching the ace of the Boston Red Sox staff catch Kevin Pillar looking at a called third strike. Boston runners stole five bases off Toronto catcher Miguel Montero.

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Barnes (2-5) pitched 1/3 inning and was charged with three earned on two hits.

Kendrys Morales got their first hit off Sale with a double to left-centre in the second inning. Reed gave up four runs without recording an out. He signed a minor-league deal with Toronto two weeks ago.

"He's been doing that for a few years now", said Gibbons of Sale.

Davis snapped that streak with a two-out single in the sixth before stealing second and scoring on Nunez's double for the first run of the game.

"Kevin never ceases to amaze with what he does out there", manager John Gibbons said. "He works fast, his stuff's good. He gets a lot of ground balls, I thought it was a tremendous outing".

The Blue Jays have continued the downslide after a 1-5 road trip, winning just once in the first five games of their six-game homestand. He took a one-hitter into the eighth inning but was pulled after allowing consecutive base hits to begin the inning. "But that was our only shot". Sale has certainly not looked like his usually dominant self against the Indians, as he has a 14.63 ERA in his two starts against them (both in August).

Cincinnati snapped a 14-game losing streak to NY dating to 2014 and an eight-game head-to-head skid at Great American Ball Park.

Blue Jays stumped by Sale in loss to Red Sox