Sale strikes out 12, Red Sox beat Rays 6-3

Taylor Byrd
May 14, 2017

Tampa's Evan Longoria blasted a home run over the Green Monster in the fifth inning to put the Rays up 5-0 in in the game.

Sandy Leon hit two-run double, Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb threw a ball past first base, which scored a run.

Saturday's game, which was scheduled for a 7:05 start, was moved to 1:05 with the forecast for heavy rain starting later in the day and into Sunday. Porcello struck out Colby Rasmus but then allowed a two-run single, both runs unearned on the error, to Tim Beckham.

Chris Sale scattered two hits and three runs over seven stellar frames Saturday in the Red Sox's win over the Rays. And maybe even more when they went up 3-2 in the fifth on a two-run shot - and on a two-out, 0-and-2, 98 miles per hour Sale fastball - by Kevin Kiermaier, his first since April 20.

Over on the Red Sox side, they're going with lefty Drew Pomeranz on Sunday.

Mookie Betts clubbed a two-run homer, his fourth blast in six games, and doubled home a run while Deven Marrero, Boston's latest third baseman, doubled home two runs off Blake Snell (0-4) for Boston (19-17). The Florida Gulf Coast product notched 10 strikeouts against the Twins - his sixth straight start with at least 10 punchouts - and leads the majors with 73. The Red Sox are having similar problems with their offense while dropping three of the last four games, though shortstop Xander Bogaerts is staying consistent and has hit safely in 15 straight games.

Betts also doubled in a run in Boston's four-run fifth inning.

Sale has 85 strikeouts through eight starts, tied with Randy Johnson - then with Houston in 1998 - for the most ever by a pitcher after their initial eight starts with a new team.

Joe Kelly and Craig Kimbrel pitched the final two innings with Kimbrel picked up his 11th save of the season.

Boston's Dustin Pedroia, left, reacts after flying out as Tampa Bay catcher Derek Norris heads for the dugout during the seventh inning of Friday's game in Boston. In 42 innings this year, Snell has logged a bloated 4.71 ERA with a disappointing strikeout rate (7.29 per nine innings) and a horrid walk rate (5.36).

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