Sale Leads Red Sox Past Rangers, Betts Leaves With Injury
Chris Sale pitched seven solid innings and helped the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 6-1 on Sunday at Globe Life Park. Mookie Betts left the game in the second inning with a bruised right shoulder and is considered day-to-day.
Sale allowed one run on four hits and struck out 12. The only run allowed by Sale came off the bat of Ryan Rua, who homered to right field in the seventh.
Mitch Moreland hit an RBI doubled to right field in the top of the first, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.
Xander Bogaerts made it 2-0 Red Sox in the third with a single to left field that scored J.D. Martinez.
Sandy Leon hit a three-run home run to right-center field in the sixth, giving the Red Sox a 5-0 lead.
J.D. Martinez added a run in the seventh with a solo homer to right.
Betts led the game off with a single. Andrew Benintendi then grounded to Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman, who tagged the bag and threw the ball to second. The throw hit Betts on his shoulder blade.
Betts stayed in the game and scored on Moreland's double in the first inning. After lining out to center in the top of the second, Betts shook his right arm and appeared to be experiencing some discomfort.
Betts left the game. Blake Swihart went to left field. Benintendi shifted to center and Jackie Bradley Jr. to right.
The Red Sox have Monday off before opening a three-game series with Yankees in New York on Tuesday.