BALTIMORE – Chris Sale celebrated his return from Disability's list by beating 12 over five dominant innings, and the Boston Red Sox moved 50 games over .500 by completing a loop of the low Baltimore Orioles with a 4-1 win on Sunday ,
Sale (12-4) was placed on the DL on July 28 with inflammation of the left shoulder. After his performance, the injury is no longer a problem.
The left-hander allowed only one hit, a clean third inning singles from Renato Nunez in the left field, and did not leave. Sale hit the side twice and fanned at least two in his other three innings.
The sale is 7-0 during his last nine starts, a series he started before making his third consecutive start at the All-Star Game on 17 July. He owns a 0.20 ERA in his last seven games and leads the AL at 1.97 for the year.
Sale also took on the Major League lead in strikeouts at 219 – Washington ace Max Scherzer has 216 and kicks off against the Cubs on Sunday night.
Craig Kimbrel, the last of five Boston relievers, worked the ninth for his 35th save.
Steve Pearce married for the Red Sox, who scored 10 out of 11 to improve to 85-35. Boston took all four at Camden Yards this week and is 14-2 against the Orioles, who are 49 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East.
Baltimore struck 18 times in his fifth consecutive loss. The Orioles have survived at least nine defeats of five or more games this season.
Alex Cobb (3-15) took the loss, though he only earned two runs, one over seven innings.
Pearce hit a left-footed shot in the third inning, while Brock Holt hit Adam Jones in the fourth set following a mistake by right winger.
Baltimore charged the bases with two outs in the sixth before Ryan Brasier stepped down and Trey Mancini struck on a 3-2 field.
After Mancini in the second round had delivered a sacrifice to 2: 1, Matt Barnes beat Tim Beckham with a possible third round.
Boston moved in the ninth. Jackie Bradley Jr. ran in the run, scoring a double from Mookie Betts.
Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts got the day off after sliding his left pinkie into third on Saturday. X-rays were negative. … LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right ankle sprain) had a bullpen session. "It was really good," he said.
Orioles: OF / DH Mark Trumbo was not started due to an inflamed right knee. He entered the ninth as a crunch and struck out.
Red Sox: Boston gets a day off Monday before starting a two-game series on Tuesday in Philadelphia. The Red Sox are 8-2 against the NL.
Orioles: After work-free Monday, the Mets will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday in Baltimore. The Orioles defeated the Mets in June 2-1 and 1-0.
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