(Colo)-Rockies Overcome 24 Strikeouts And 2 Arenado Errors To Beat Red Sox
By DOUG ALDEN Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) - Red Sox ace Chris Sale set a major league record by striking out 17 Colorado Rockies in just 7 innings, but the Rockies rallied against Boston's bullpen to win 5-4.
Boston pitchers combined to strike out 24, but the Red Sox had their five-game winning streak come to an end as Mark Reynolds, whose fifth-inning double was the first runner allowed by Sale, drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the 11th off Ryan Brasier (2-2).
Sale struck out the first six batters and fanned 8 through 3 innings. He dominated the Rockies with a firm fastball and sharp slider, topping his previous best of 15 strikeouts, which he had done 3 times.
The All-Star lefty sported his signature short-sleeves despite the 44-degree temperature at the start of the game and had a shutout and a 3-0 lead through 6 innings.
Nolan Arenado's two-run homer in the seventh was one of only three hits the Rockies managed against Sale. Sale stopped the damage there with three straight strikeouts, placing him within range of the major league record of 20 in nine innings.
Boston fans chanted "We want Sale!" after the bottom of the 7th, but his night was done after 108 pitches, although it did not appear to be by choice.
When manager Alex Cora told him he was coming out, Sale used his fingers to form the number 20 - Roger Clemens did it twice for Boston, Kerry Wood and Randy Johnson also accomplished the feat and Max Scherzer was the last to it in 2016.
Cora didn't bite and went to Brandon Workman, who allowed a double by Chris Iannetta and Blackmon's two-run homer with two outs in the eighth to give Colorado its first lead at 4-3.
Boston made it 4-all in the eighth on a pinch-hit single by Mitch Moreland in a rally that started with an error by Arenado, one of 2 on the night for the 6-time Gold Glove 3rd baseman.
Mike Dunn (1-0) got the win with one inning of scoreless relief and Wade Davis got his seventh save.
Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies. Michael Chavis, J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers homered for Boston, all off Colorado starter Kyle Freeland.
Chavis led off the 2nd with his seventh homer, a 451-foot shot to left that survived a video review ordered by crew chief Larry Vanover, in part because the ball was so high the foul pole was out of the frame. Martinez and Devers added solo homers in the 3rd to put Boston up 3-0.
Freeland got the start on his 26th birthday and went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, striking out 7 and walking 3.
Sale's 17 strikeouts were the most for a Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez fanned 17 against Tampa Bay on May 6, 2000.
Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (left knee inflammation) saw a specialist Monday and will consult with team doctors about potential surgery, manager Bud Black said. "I think a decision on some surgery is in the works here probably within the next couple days," Black said. . Colorado recalled 3B Pat Valaika from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned 2B Garrett Hampson to the Isotopes.
Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia (left knee) remained in limbo after a rehab assignment was postponed over the weekend. Cora said Pedroia and the Red Sox are being careful not to rush the 35-year-old's return. "He'll go out there and then take grounders and move around and we'll decide what we do next," Cora said. . LHP David Price (left elbow tendinitis) will likely throw another bullpen session Wednesday and could return to the rotation Saturday against Houston, Cora said.
Rockies: RHP German Marquez (4-2, 3.43 ERA) has struck out 59 through 57 2/3 innings this season.
Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 4.53) has won two straight starts and three of his last four.
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