Chris Sale's dominance against Blue Jays continues

Thursday, 31 Aug, 2017

He took a one-hitter into the eighth inning but was pulled after allowing consecutive base hits to begin the inning. A four-game series against the Astros to end Boston's regular season is a prime opportunity for the Red Sox to jump ahead of Houston and possibly avoid facing the Indians in the ALDS.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a flawless ninth, with two strikeouts, to earn his 31st save of the season.

If you pretend that Sale's two starts against Cleveland never happened, his solid 2.88 ERA drops to a spectacular 2.33 ERA. The Jays should have been out of the inning when Nunuz was caught in a rundown between third and home while Benintendi stole second, but catcher Miguel Montero threw wildly past third baseman Josh Donaldson and Nunez made it back to the bag safely. It's two outs, it's not easy. Happ won the first three of those starts, allowing one run in each outing, then lost the next two, allowing five runs each time. Boston now holds the third AL playoff spot with a 73-57 record and is six games behind the AL-best Houston Astros, while Cleveland is in the second AL playoff spot with a 73-56 record.

Maybe they didn't plan to have Davis starting in left field or batting leadoff, but the fact he took on those roles last night was a happy bonus given Jackie Bradley Jr.'s injury and the team's inability to hit lefties.

The home run was just the third Ramirez has hit in the month of August, with his last homer coming against the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 21.

Reds 14, Mets 4 • Scott Schebler hit his first career grand slam, and Cincinnati ended its 14-game losing streak against NY.

Sale has now faced Toronto three times this season and hasn't allowed a run over 22 innings against the Jays.

CHICAGO - Jake Arrieta tossed six scoreless innings and Ben Zobrist broke a scoreless tie with a solo homer to help lift Chicago over Pittsburgh.

Reed threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings over his next four appearances though, regaining that trust. But he basically matched (Sale) until he ran out of pitches there at the end.

Following Tuesday night's game, has now thrown a total of 35.0 innings against the division rivals without allowing a single run. Weaver (3-1) worked 5 2/3 innings, holding the Brewers to two runs, eight hits and a walk.

Cincinnati snapped a 14-game losing streak to NY dating to 2014 and an eight-game head-to-head skid at Great American Ball Park.

In the Monday opener, the Red Sox secure a 6-5 win.

Nationals 8, Marlins 3 • Anthony Rendon had four RBIs to lead Washington to a win at home over Miami.

When Davis singled again in the eighth, he didn't only reach first base, he seemed to settle directly into the head of reliever Ryan Tepera. That represents his second lowest ERA against any team that he's faced at least 10 times, trailing only the 1.51 ERA he owns against the New York Yankees.

PHILADELPHIA - The game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies was postponed because of rain.