BOSTON (AP) – Chris Sale returned from the COVID-19 list to pitch five two-hit innings and Bobby Dalbec homered to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 on Friday night. to 100 defeats in the campaign.
One night after laying the New York Yankees down, Baltimore again helped the Red Sox in the tight race to the playoffs.
Mexican Álex Verdugo had three hits and got a catch by sliding into the left-field corner, and Hunter Renfroe hit a three-run RBI double for Boston, which came into the night with a virtual draw with the Toronto Blue Jays for both places as American League wild cards.
New Yotk was half a game behind. The Yankees beat Cleveland Indians 8-0 and the Minnesota Twins edged Toronto 7-3 on Friday, leaving Boston and New York in playoff position at the end of the day, with the Blue Jays half a game away.
Baltimore became the first team with 100 losses on the season. Sale (4-0) spent the entire 2020 season and the first four and a half months of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery.
After five starts, he tested positive for coronavirus on September 10 and was pulled from his next scheduled start. It was activated on Friday.
For Orioles, the Mexican Ramon Urías 3-1 and the Dominicans Kelvin Gutiérrez 3-1 and Pedro Severino 3-0.
For the Red Sox, Puerto Ricans Christian Vázquez 4-2 with two runs scored, Enrique Hernández 3-0 with one scored; the Dominican Rafael Devers of 5-1 and the Cuban José Iglesias of 3-1 with an produced.