Pitcher Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox shut down Detroit Tigers, 9-1
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT — Chris Sale is drawing comparisons from his manager to another dominant left-hander.
“He’s reminding me a lot of Randy — Randy Johnson,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “The thing with Randy, it looked like he was always grinding. With (Sale) it looks effortless right now.”
Sale struck out nine in six scoreless innings, and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a three-run homer to lift the Red Sox to a 9-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Sale allowed two hits, lowered his ERA to an American League-best 2.13 and won his sixth straight decision.
The Red Sox are 19-4 in their last 23 games, and the AL East leaders cruised through the finale of this series after scoring just one run in the previous two nights at Detroit.
Blaine Hardy (3-3) allowed four runs and five hits in three-plus innings. Jeimer Candelario homered for the Tigers in the seventh.
Sale (11-4) has won each of his last five starts, allowing one run in 33 innings in that span. He had gone five straight starts with at least 11 strikeouts — and only one walk in each — but that streak came to an end when he was lifted Sunday after 99 pitches.
“I feel good. I feel like a broken record sometimes, but we scored nine runs today?” Sale said. “You get a padded lead like that, you can kind of dig in and just try to find a groove and keep going.”