Chris Sale, Jackie Bradley Jr. shine as Red Sox top Angels


The strikeout capability is certainly unique, " Red Sox manager John Farrell said. Told that Sale already has 200 strikeouts before the start of August, Bradley said only, "Wow", before adding, "That's a lot of me not making any plays". Sale had at least nine strikeouts for the 17th time in 20 starts this season.

Sale (12-4) struck out nine, reaching the 200-strikeout milestone for the season.

"It's cool. I definitely appreciate it", Sale said after the win.

Sale is in agreement with Farrell's plan to give him extra rest whenever possible - "I don't think anybody wouldn't be, especially this time of year when we're kind of getting into the grind of this", he said - and as long as the Red Sox maintain their lead in the division, they will look to pick their spots to keep their ace fresh. The lefty then fanned Albert Pujols on a slider in the dirt for his 199th strikeout of the season and, two batters later, got Calhoun swinging through his fastball for the 200th. While Boston has won just five of its last 13 contests, Los Angeles had dropped seven of nine before winning two of its last three. "To see how consistent he's been with strikeout totals is unique and certainly impressive". Sale said. "It seems like he makes a great catch and it's like, all right, that's the best one".

Mitch Moreland is serving as designated hitter and Brock Holt remains at third base for the Red Sox. "You're only going to get one pitch to hit, so you better make sure you square it up". "It's fun to watch". It's the longest streak by a Sox player since Dustin Pedroia started 94 consecutive games from 2011-12.

The Angels avoided a shutout when Martin Maldonado hit a solo home run off reliever Kyle Martin in the seventh. That forces Shane Robinson to the bench on Saturday.

Betts legged out a double on the play and scored on Andrew Benintendi's RBI single. "I thought we did an outstanding job of stringing hits together, hitting pitches where they were located and using the whole field".

About the only good news for Los Angeles was that the bullpen held the Red Sox hitless after the fourth inning.

NOTES: Red Sox RHP Doug Fister has been moved to the bullpen from the starting rotation.

Baseball and Central Mass. go way back - to the 1860s. He sports a 3.39 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 58/19 K/BB ratio over 61 innings in his first 10 starts. It tied a club record accomplished in 2005 and 2006.