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Chris Sale is great, but he's not Pedro Martinez

10 August 2017, 01:29 | Ken Black

BOSTON MA – JULY 19 Drew Pomeranz

BOSTON MA – JULY 19 Drew Pomeranz

Though he earned the loss in Tampa Bay's 2-0 defeat to the Red Sox on Tuesday, he was simply outdueled by Chris Sale - Pruitt allowed a lone run while striking out five over his 6.0 innings of work.

Lethal, a Tampa native, also threw out the first pitch at the Rays' game on July 6, 2016.

The Red Sox have now won seven in a row, their longest winning streak of the season, and they also increased their lead for first place in the A.L. east over the NY Yankees to four games, with the Toronto Blue Jays doing the Red Sox a favor by beating the Yankees 4-2 at the Rogers Centre last night.

And, the Rays still have six more games in September with the Red Sox. But it's time for us to reconsider the significance of the strikeout. "The offense is going to get going".

In Cleveland, Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer off Greg Holland with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting Corey Kluber and the Indians to the victory.

The Rays only had two hits and four baserunners total Tuesday.

"There's so much baseball left to be played, and this is a tough stretch", Souza said.

"We couldn't quite figure (Sale) out, he's really good", Rays manager Kevin Cash said. If we thought there weren't going to be any bumps in the road, we were mistaken.

The same can be said for Porcello, the 2016 AL Cy Young victor. He plowed through his rehab assignment on August 5, striking out six over 3.0 innings during High-A Charlotte's loss. That gives him the most games with 10+ strikeouts by a Red Sox pitcher in a season since Pedro Martinez in 2000.

SAN FRANCISCO - Buster Posey hit a three-run homer in the first that was upheld after review and later stole a base, Ty Blach won his second straight start and the Giants beat the Cubs. Red Sox infielder Dustin Pedroia was activated off the 10-day DL and batted in the two hole as a designated hitter. The Mets jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first two innings on home runs by Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud.

"It's kind of a gradual buildup", Farrell said. Bogaerts SS 7. Holt 2B 8.

Because that's it. In a weird scheduling twist, the Yankees and Red Sox don't play each other after September 3.

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