Back from injury, Chris Sale prescribed 12 strikeouts in five dominant innings and the Red Sox of Boston placed 50 games above the .500 mark by completing a sweep against the inoperative Baltimore Orioles, beating them 4-1 Sunday. .
Sale (12-4) was placed on the disabled list on July 28 because of an inflammation in his right shoulder.
The southpaw did not show signs of aftereffects due to the ailment. He barely allowed one hit, one single to Renato Núñez's left field in the third inning, and he did not give tickets. Sale took a pair of innings with three strikeouts and struck out two in each of the other three chapters.
Sale's record was 7-0 in his last nine starts, a streak he undertook after making his third straight start in an All-Star Game on July 17. He has a 0.20 ERA in his last seven starts, and leads the American League with 1.97 this year.
For the Orioles, the Dominicans Rafael Devers 4-1; and Eduardo Núñez of 4-1, one annotated. The Venezuelan Sandy Leon of 3-0.
For the Red Sox, the Venezuelan Renato Nunez 2-1. The Dominican Jonathan Villar of 3-1.