MINNEAPOLIS – Chris Sale credits his offensive support for helping him settle into a good rhythm on the mound.
It might actually be the other way around, with Sale’s dominating starts taking pressure off the Chicago White Sox hitters.
Either way, it’s working.
Sale tied a season high with 12 strikeouts in eight dominant innings, Alexei Ramirez hit his 10th homer, and the White Sox beat Minnesota 7-0 on Saturday for their third straight win over the Twins.
Sale (10-1) scattered five hits — all singles — and became the first White Sox starter to win 10 of his first 11 decisions in a season since Mark Buehrle in 2005.
Sale had a double-digit strikeout total for the 15th time in his career, moving him into a tie for second on the team’s all-time list with Juan Pizarro.
Rays 3, Red Sox 0
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Ben Zobrist homered, Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier each had an RBI single, and Tampa Bay beat Boston for its ninth consecutive victory.
Blue Jays 6, Yankees 4
In New York, Dan Johnson drove in four runs with a go-ahead infield hit and a three-run homer, helping Toronto end its 17-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium.
New York’s Ichiro Suzuki was hitless in four at-bats.
Mariners 4, Orioles 3
In Seattle, Chris Young allowed two hits in seven shutout innings, and the Mariners snapped a four-game losing streak.
Athletics 5, Rangers 1
In Arlington, Texas, Sonny Gray won his sixth straight decision, and Oakland hit four home runs in a six-batter span.
Royals 7, Indians 5
In Kansas City, Billy Butler homered for the second consecutive game and the Royals overcame a five-run deficit to beat Cleveland for its fifth straight win.
Kansas City’s Norichika Aoki had a two-run triple in the fourth and finished 2-for-4.
Angels 4, Tigers 0
In Anaheim, Efren Navarro hit his first major league homer off Justin Verlander, and Matt Shoemaker combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as Los Angeles beat Detroit.