Errors costly as Red Sox lose to Blue Jays, 3-0

"The innings, the up and down", Farrell said.

Overall, he has averaged 99 pitches per start. He had such good swing-and-miss (action) to his fastball up and away.

At 3-12, Toronto is off to the worst start in team history and has lost its first five series for the first time.

"It'd be understandable if we were on a different team with different names on that team", starter Marco Estrada said.

"We played a great ball game tonight", Gibbons said. When you make that much contact while hitting for that much power, you get - well, you get an MVP candidate. Jays closer Roberto Osuna then gave up a pair of two-out doubles in the ninth and the Red Sox took a one-run lead to the bottom.

"It's just coincidence", said Dustin Pedroia. "He's just attacking the zone, overpowering guys with all of his pitches".

Sale allowed four hits, all singles, and walked one. As a result, when Chris Sale arrived in Boston this offseason, I was not expecting him to pitch to his full potential in his first starts with the Red Sox.

The lack of run support is nothing new for the four White Sox ace. He was charged with five runs on seven hits in five innings and issued three homers.

Morales hit his third homer of the season in the bottom half to hand Craig Kimbrel (1-0) his first blown save.

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Steven Souza Jr. came within a single of hitting for the cycle, and Erasmo Ramirez (2-0), Chase Whitley and Tommy Hunter combined on a five-hitter as the Rays completed a three-game sweep. Josh Reddick had a double, triple and two-run homer for Houston. He allowed just three singles and two walks over six scoreless innings, striking out seven batters while lowering his ERA to 2.63.

Ubaldo Jimenez and Wade Miley pitched back-to-back good games and the world is still spinning.

The Blue Jays fell in extra innings to the Red Sox on Thursday, dropping the rubber match of their three-game series.

Athletics 9, Rangers 1: Khris Davis hit his seventh home run of the season, Yonder Alonso and Chad Pinder also went deep, and Oakland routed Texas. Catcher Russell Martin also was given the day off. Brad Brach retired the side in the 10th for his second straight save, filling in while closer Zach Britton recovers from a sore forearm.

RHP Dylan Bundy (2-1, 1.86) starts for Baltimore.

- Boston's best chance against Estrada came in the sixth, but Mitch Moreland struck out with Mookie Betts on third base to end the frame.

Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez rejoined the team from paternity leave one day ahead of schedule and pitched one inning in his first big league relief appearance.

Gallo had pulled a one-out double into the right-field corner off Travis Wood (0-1), the third Royals reliever after starter Danny Duffy went 7 1-3 innings. Because when Sale is pitching, the opponents' bats aren't the only ones going cold.

There will be a time where he's going to take the mound in the ninth inning like that. This was the longest of those games. He was charged with two runs, one of them a homer, the only one he's allowed this season. He only sat at 102 pitches (his lowest total of the season) and was coming off an inning in which he struck out two.

Richard (2-2) gave up a run and nine hits in 6⅔ innings. The left-hander struck out a season-high eight to win for the first time in his past three starts.

OAKLAND, Calif. - Cesar Valdez pitched in the major leagues for the first time in almost seven years and the Athletics beat the Mariners.

But even though my jaded-cynic credentials are up to date, it's still hard to imagine management blowing things up given what they have said in the very recent past.

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