Chris Sale strikes out 12 as Red Sox blank Blue Jays
Chris Sale and two relievers combined on a two-hitter, and the Boston Red Sox left-hander struck out 12 in six innings Thursday for his first regular-season win at Fenway Park in more than a year with a 5-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
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 was his 11th game this season with 10 or more strikeouts.
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-centre to make it 4-0 and chase Pannone.
The Blue Jays lefty was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to make the start and had to take a six-hour car ride overnight to get to Boston after his flight Wednesday night was cancelled because of storms. He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks, striking out two.
Marcus Walden pitched two hitless innings for the Red Sox and Darwinzon Hernandez struck out two in a perfect ninth to end it.