Sale wins 5th straight start, leads Red Sox over Tigers, 9-1

The Associated Press

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 twonights 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.”

Boston scored twice in the second on RBI groundouts by Rafael Devers and Eduardo Nunez, then the Red Sox broke the game open in the fourth.

With men on second and third and nobody out, Devers hit a grounder to first baseman John Hicks, who immediately threw home — only to have Steve Pearce, the Boston runner at third, stay put. Devers reached on that fielder’s choice, loading the bases.

“That’s an instinct play, and you know the situation. We’ve got our backup catcher playing first base,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He needs to look around and figure out what’s happening before he makes that throw, but he feels like the runner is going to go on that ball.”

Drew VerHagen came on to relieve Hardy, and Nunez greeted him with an RBI single off the glove of Candelario, the third baseman. Xander Bogaerts, the runner on second, held up when he made it to third, but Devers — who had started the play on first — nearly reached third himself before stopping because Bogaerts was still there. Devers was tagged out .

The Red Sox weren’t hurt much by that baserunning mishap. Bradley followed with his seventh homer of the year, giving Boston a 6-0 lead.

Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run triple in the seventh, and J.D. Martinez added a sacrifice fly.

The game was delayed 1 hour, 35 minutes at the start because of rain.

Dodgers 11, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE — Manny Machado had a double to drive in his first run since he was acquired from Baltimore, Matt Kemp hit a pair of solo homers off Brent Suter (8-7) and Chris Taylor had three RBIs for the NL West leaders.

Alex Wood (6-5) won his fifth straight decision, allowing two runs, five hits and three walks in six innings.

Milwaukee has lost eight of nine, dropping 3 1/2 games behind the NL Central-leading Cubs.

Cubs 7, Cardinals 2

CHICAGO — Matt Carpenter’s streak of consecutive games with home runs ended at six as Jose Quintana (9-6) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings.

Kyle Schwarber hit a tiebreaking solo homer off Mike Mayers (2-1) with two outs in the sixth.

St. Louis has lost seven of 11.

Athletics 6, Giants 5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jeurys Familia got the win in his Oakland debut, Marcus Semien scored from second base on Matt Chapman’s infield chopper in the 10th inning, and the Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 on Sunday.

Familia was acquired in a trade with the New York Mets on Saturday for two minor leaguers and $1 million in international signing bonus pool allotment. The right-hander, who had 17 saves with New York, arrived in Oakland about an hour before the game, but managed to pitch two scoreless innings.

Khris Davis and Matt Olson each homered twice to help the A’s win the inaugural Bay Bridge series trophy before a third consecutive sellout crowd at the Coliseum.

Semien drew a leadoff walk against Ty Blach (6-6) in the 10th and advanced to second on Stephen Piscotty’s deep flyout to center. After Davis was intentionally walked and Olson flew out, Chapman drove in Semien with an infield single that bounced just past All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford into left field.

Familia (5-4) allowed a leadoff single to Austin Slater in the ninth, and then retired his next five batters. Alen Hanson bounced into an inning-ending double play in the ninth.

Angels 14, Astros 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout drove in a teammate for the first time in more than a month, homering to cap a seven-run burst in seventh inning.

Trout hit his 26th home run, a drive off Chris Devenski that followed Andrelton Simmons’ single. Trout’s only RBIs since June 19 had been a pair of solo homers.

Andrew Heaney (6-6) won his fourth consecutive home start, allowing one run, four hits and two walks in six innings.

Lance McCullers Jr. (10-5) gave up five runs, six hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4

TORONTO — Yangervis Solarte hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning off Tanner Scott (1-2), and Toronto rallied from a 4-1 deficit to complete a three-game sweep. The Blue Jays are 9-1 against the Orioles this season, including seven straight wins.

Baltimore has lost 20 of its last 25 games and is a big league-worst 28-72. The Orioles were swept in a three-game series for the eighth time this season and have been swept in three four-game series, including at Toronto in early June.

John Axford (4-1) won despite allowing two runs in the eighth. Tyler Clippard finished for his seventh save.

Padres 10, Phillies 2

Phillies 5, Padres 0

PHILADELPHIA — Vince Velasquez (6-8) allowed two hits over seven innings, struck out seven and walked one to gain the split and Philadelphia widened its NL East lead to one game over second-place Atlanta.

Odubel Herrera hit a solo homer in the fourth against Luis Perdomo (1-5). After a pair of batters reached against Perdomo in the seventh, Carlos Santana hit a bloop run-scoring single against Phil Maton and Rhys Hoskins added his second homer of the day and 16th this season, a three-run drive.

Freddy Galvis was 6 for 11 with four RBIs in the series. He spent six seasons with the Phillies before he was dealt to San Diego in December for right-hander Enyel De Los Santos.

Tyson Ross (6-8) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings in the opener. He had been 0-5 in seven starts since beating Cincinnati on June 3, losing his previous three outings.

Nick Pivetta (6-8) gave up six runs — four earned — and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Pirates 9, Reds 2

CINCINNATI — Corey Dickerson homered for the fourth time in three days, and Pittsburgh extended a winning streak to nine for the first time since June 2013.

Dickerson and Starling Marte hit consecutive homers in a four-run second off Matt Harvey (5-6), who allowed eight runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings

Dickerson went 4 for 5 and finished the series with 21 total bases, helping the Pirates outscore the Reds by a combined 27-5. Last-place Cincinnati has lost four in a row.

Ivan Nova (6-6) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, improving to 4-1 in his last eight starts. He also singled to stop his hitless slide at 63 at-bats.

Nationals 6, Braves 2

WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper homered and Max Scherzer (13-5) won his third straight start, striking out seven in six innings while allowing two runs and eight hits.

Kelvin Herrera got five outs for his first save with Washington, and Anthony Rendon had two hits and drove in two runs.

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 55 minutes by rain, and another downpour stopped play for almost 100 minutes between the sixth and seventh innings.

Mike Foltynewicz (7-6) gave up four runs and nine hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Rays 6, Marlins 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pinch-hitter Daniel Robertson connected for a game-ending grand slam off Kyle Barraclough (0-4).

Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer struck out 13 in six innings. But he allowed four runs, three earned, and eight hits in front of scouts from several playoff contenders.

Adam Kolarek (1-0) allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.

Royals 5, Twins 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Slow-footed catcher Drew Butera broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run, inside-the-park home run off Zach Duke (3-4) when center fielder Jake Cave failed in his attempt to make a diving catch in the seventh inning.

Kansas City swept a series for the first time since last July 24-26 at Detroit.

Brad Keller (3-4) struck out a career-high eight in seven-plus innings, allowing three runs and three hits. Wily Peralta got three outs for his fourth save.

Rangers 5, Indians 0

ARLINGTON, Texas — Rougned Odor drove in three runs, Ryan Rua hit a two-run homer and Texas withstood the heat on a 108-degree afternoon to stop a four-game losing streak.

Yovani Gallardo (4-1) and three relievers combined on a five-hitter against the AL Central leader, which had outscored Texas 25-11 in the first two games of the series.

Mike Clevinger (7-6) lost his third straight start, allowing two runs, four hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 1

PHOENIX — Zack Greinke (11-5) allowed two hits and struck out a season-high 13 in eight innings to stop Colorado’s seven-game winning streak and move ahead of the Rockies back into second in the NL West, 1¢ games behind the Dodgers.

Nick Ahmed drove in three runs with a two-run triple and bases-loaded walk.

Antonio Senzatela (3-3), activated from the disabled list after recovering from a finger blister, gave up four runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Mariners 8, White Sox 2

SEATTLE — Ryon Healy hit a pair of three-run homers for a career-best six RBIs,.

Healy homered in a five-run first off Reynaldo Lopez (4-8) and in the eighth against Hector Santiago, giving him 20 homers and 53 RBIs this season.

Marco Gonzales (11-5) won his fourth consecutive start, allowing two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He did not give up a hit or a walk in the first five innings.