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Chris Sale looks to avoid tying dubious Red Sox record

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Chris Sale looks to avoid tying dubious Red Sox record

When the Red Sox take the field Wednesday afternoon, Chris Sale will be looking to accomplish something he hasn't done in a long time: get a home win.

It's been 350 days since Sale last recorded a regular-season victory at Fenway Park, and if he loses or gets a no-decision against the White Sox Wednesday, it would be his 12th consecutive home start without a win, tying a Red Sox record. Five other Red Sox pitchers have gone a dozen straight home starts without recording a victory, the most recent by Eduardo Rodriguez from 2015-17.

Here's the thing about this streak, though. Sale hasn't been bad over that stretch. In fact, he's been very good, turning in only one real dud of a performance while racking up a record of 0-2 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  

It should also be noted that this is only a regular-season streak, as Sale beat the Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS last season, allowing two runs over 5.1 innings.

So why the bad luck? A combination of factors, from lack of run support, blown saves from the bullpen, and the tail end of the 2018 season, when he was ratcheting up his arm strength after dealing with left shoulder inflammation. He's only been in position for the win three times over this 11-start stretch.

And while it could be argued that this is just another example of how a win-loss record for a starting pitcher is a mostly irrelevant stat, the fact remains that the Sox are just 6-10 in Sale's 16 appearances this season — not exactly what you want from your ace.

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Highlights of Red Sox's 5-0 win over the Blue Jays

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Highlights of Red Sox's 5-0 win over the Blue Jays

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 0

IN BRIEF: This was a big start for Chris Sale, and he delivered with 12 strikeouts over six shutout innings. Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts extended their hit streaks to 10 games apiece, while Rafael Devers stayed red hot against Toronto with three more RBI and another home run.

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 53-44 

HIGHLIGHTS

2nd Inning

Xander Bogaerts isn't just one of the best hitters in baseball. He's also a slick fielder, as evidenced by this nifty defensive play to throw Justin Smoak out at second base.

5th Inning

Sandy Leon singles to center, scoring Sam Travis from second base (1-0 BOS)

Rafael Devers slams a three-run home run to right (distance: 417 feet, exit velocity: 109.8 mph), extending his Red Sox record for most RBI in a single season against the Blue Jays (4-0 BOS)

6th Inning

Chris Sale polishes off a scoreless six-inning, two-hit outing with a 1-2-3 sixth inning. Sale struck out 12 and walked only two, throwing 101 pitches while picking up his first regular-season win at Fenway Park in over a year (July 11, 2018).

7th Inning

Mookie Betts tacks on an insurance run with a solo home run (distance: 418 feet, exit velocity: 104 mph) to centerfield (5-0 BOS)

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Mookie Betts ties Ted Williams for this impressive Red Sox team record

Mookie Betts ties Ted Williams for this impressive Red Sox team record

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts is a run-scoring machine.

Betts scored a run in his 13th consecutive game as a result of Rafael Devers' three-run homer in Thursday afternoon's matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. The reigning American League MVP award winner now is tied with Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend Ted Williams for the longest run-scoring streak in a single season in team history.

Betts on Wednesday became the first Red Sox player since Nomar Garciaparra in 1998 to score a run in 12 straight games.

The 26-year-old star's league-leading 84 runs entering Thursday were 10 more than Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout in second place.

Betts is batting .281 with 13 home runs, 43 RBI and a .396 on-base percentage in 94 games this season.

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