Sox drub Orioles as Sale hits 300 KsBy TODD KARPOVICH
The Sports Xchange
September 21. 2017 1:09AM
BALTIMORE — Chris Sale became the first American League pitcher with 300 strikeouts in a season since Pedro Martinez in 1999 and the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 9-0 victory Wednesday night.
Sale (17-7) struck out 13 and tied a career high with his 17th victory. He allowed only four hits and did not walk a batter over eight innings. Sale joins Martinez as only the second pitcher in Red Sox history with 300 strikeouts.
Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero homered for Boston, which has won 11 of 14. Boston could have clinched a spot in the postseason if the Angels lost at home to the Indians on Wednesday night.
Dustin Pedroia snapped an 0 for 18 skid with a two-run double in the eighth.
Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez was back in the starting lineup for the first time in six games because of left arm soreness. He went 3 for 5 with three RBIs.
Orioles rookie Trey Mancini went 2 for 4 and extended his career-high hitting streak to 10 games.
It was another disappointing series for Baltimore, which has lost 12 of 14 and is free-falling out of the wild-card race. The Orioles were also shut out for the second consecutive night.
The Red Sox were only 4 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
Baltimore starter Wade Miley (8-14) didn’t allow a hit until Andrew Benintendi flared a single to lead off the fourth. Betts followed with his 23rd homer of the season over the left-field fence. Marrero hit another two-run shot that inning and the Red Sox led 4-0.
A pair of walks with one out in the fifth ended Miley’s night. Mike Wright entered and gave up a two-run double to Ramirez that extended the lead to 6-0.
Miley allowed six runs and four hits with four strikeouts and four walks. It was the 19th time in 31 starts he has thrown five innings or fewer.
NOTES: Orioles 3B Manny Machado was held out because of an illness. The timeline for his return is uncertain. ... Baltimore LHP Zach Britton might not pitch again this season because of a lingering problem with his left knee. ... Boston has today off before opening a three-game interleague series in Cincinnati on Friday night.