Where: Fenway Park, Boston
BOSTON — Red Sox great Pedro Martinez took to Twitter late Tuesday night to tip his cap to current Boston ace Chris Sale.“Chris Sale is surpassing everything I’ve done,” the Hall of Famer tweeted after Sale’s sixth straight strong start led the Red Sox to a 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on a strange Tuesday night that started with Sale getting warned for throwing at Manny Machado and then saw the visitors pull a goofy triple play in the eighth inning.
And there was also an ovation from the Fenway crowd for Orioles center fielder Adam Jones after what he went through Monday — Sale stepping off the mound to let the ovation continue.
And Hanley Ramirez hit two long homers.
After allowing a total of four runs in his first five starts, Sale (2-2) gave up just two runs on three hits and struck out 11 — his fifth straight double-figure strikeout game. His ERA rose from 1.19 to 1.38. He joined Martinez as the only Red Sox pitchers with five consecutive double-figure strikeout games.
He struck out the first five batters and retired the first 13 before eventually yielding an RBI double to Trey Mancini in the fifth inning and a long solo home run to Machado in the seventh.
“Pretty consistent with the previous five starts he’s made for us,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Machado wasn’t that appreciative, issuing an expletive-laced tirade aimed at Sale and the Red Sox after the game.
“What do you think?” he said. “(Bleeping) coward stuff. That’s the stuff that you don’t (bleeping) do. But I’m not on that side. … They’re still thinking about that same slide that I did that was no intention of hurting anybody. I’m still paying, I’m still trying to get hit at. They’re throwing at my (bleeping) head. …
“I’ve lost my respect for that organization, for that (bleeping) staff, for everyone over there.”
Sale, asked about intent, said, “I can’t speak on what he says. I don’t know what he said. I’m not too worried about it, either.
“Whatever, man. I’m not losing sleep tonight.”
Warnings were issued to both dugouts. Farrell, who was surprised at warnings that early in a game, bristled at the suggestion of intent.
The Red Sox (14-12) scored their first three runs in six innings against starter Alec Asher (1-1), who attended the same high school as Sale in Lakeland, Fla. Mookie Betts drilled a two-run double off Mychal Givens in the seventh.
Jones made two fine catches in the game (and came close to Betts’ hit) but was also guilty of his first error of the season on a throw home attempting to cut off Boston’s first run.
He said the ovation was special.
“Much appreciated,” Jones said. “I said before it was much appreciated by the Boston Red Sox and MLB getting ahead of it. And just appreciative that action was taken and not everybody feels the same way as selected people. So it was much appreciated. Sale, who works extremely fast, took his time and let it relish a little bit, so I appreciate the sentiments.”
Said Sale: “I wanted to show him the respect he’s earned — he deserved. We have a great fan base here. I don’t want a few idiots to mess that up.”
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before the game he would have considered pulling his team off the field if Jones had told him about the racial taunts he received Monday.
Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth inning for his American League-leading ninth save.
Ramirez, who has four homers in the last four games, five for the year, collected his 22nd multi-homer game.
The Orioles (16-9) turned a triple play in the eighth inning when shortstop J.J. Hardy misplayed a Jackie Bradley Jr. pop fly but the Boston runners didn’t run. Keith Moreland was trapped off second and tagged by Jonathan Schoop, who stepped on second to force Dustin Pedroia and threw to first to retire Bradley, who was out because he had already gone to the dugout.
It was the Orioles’ first triple play since 2000 and the first the Red Sox hit into since 2001.
NOTES: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he would have considered pulling his team off the field if CF Adam Jones had told him about the racial taunts he was receiving during Monday’s game. … Baltimore C Welington Castillo was placed on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis and Francisco Pena was recalled from Triple A. … RHP Kevin Gausman, who gave up 18 earned runs and six homers in 14 innings over his last three starts, pitches for the Orioles against LHP Drew Pomeranz on Wednesday. It will be Pomeranz’s fifth start of the year and third against the Orioles. … Boston RHP Carson Smith, coming back from Tommy John surgery, threw off the mound for the first time, while RHP Tyler Thornburg (right shoulder impingement) threw off flat ground from 150 feet. … The Orioles activated LHP Zach Britton and he pitched the eighth inning. RHP Mike Wright was sent back to Norfolk. … Boston RHP Steven Wright, placed on the DL with a left knee sprain, went to New York to consult with a knee specialist. A decision will be made on surgery.