Chris Sale returns to Chicago to pitch against White Sox

Chris Sale returns to Chicago to pitch against White Sox

Chris Sale returns to Chicago to pitch against White Sox

Even sitting at 88, it seems like it took the Red Sox a while to decide not to bring Price out for another inning.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale walks onto the field at Guaranteed Rate Field before Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts and Mitch Moreland also went deep. He pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in his first two seasons, posting a 2.58 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 94.1 innings.

Sale pitched a season-low five innings, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits - both season highs - before he was replaced by reliever Heath Hembree in the sixth inning.

"I'm playing against my friends", he added.

"Without a lot of people in this building I wouldn't be sitting here right now, that's for sure", he said.

Leury Garcia singled in a run and Jose Abreu singled in two in the second and Todd Frazier hit his seventh homer with a man on in the fourth.

Meanwhile, Sale has settled in nicely with his new club, going 5-2 with a 2.34 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 10 starts for the Red Sox so far this season.

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Boston's offense provided him with three separate four-run leads, the last a 10-6 advantage. But not finding a way into the postseason, and not winning during the Sale-Quintana years, will always be tough to swallow for the White Sox faithful. The veteran pitcher might not be a Cy Young candidate this season but the Red Sox definitely need more out of him moving forward if they are going to contend for a World Series title. The M's turned four double plays behind him in the first four innings.

But it was a rough night overall for the lanky left-hander. He was able to get through the fifth without incident, though, and he finished the rough night at 111 pitches.

John Farrell gave the ball to Adam LaRoche brothel-cop partner Blaine Boyer in the eighth, and the team Boyer once called evil in the biblical sense bedeviled him for four hits over two-thirds of an inning, including a solo shot by Tim Anderson to start it. But Sale blamed his rough outing on a lack of command, not the conditions. Yadier Molina drove in three runs for the Cardinals, who lost for the 10th time in 13 games. It was his shortest outing since he lasted one inning against the New York Yankees on September 2, 2013.

"We're just going to have to keep grinding it out", manager Rick Renteria said. It's the command and the execution. "I think that kind of set the tone for the game and that we weren't backing down". The Red Sox, who entered with the fewest home runs in baseball, hit six of them Tuesday night.

Padres 5, Nationals 3: On Friday and Saturday the Padres scored only one run and had only six hits while striking out 31 times in losses to Max Scherzer and Steven Strasburg.

"There's no hard feelings", Sale said of his relationship with upper management.

"It just ended up as a 7 o'clock batting practice session".

Tuesday night's Major League Baseball action saw the Red Sox defeat the White Sox, The Los Angeles Angels edge the Atlanta Braves while there was no more drama in the Giants/Nationals feud. The fiery Sale clashed with management at times and drew a five-day suspension from the team previous year for cutting up throwback uniforms he thought were uncomfortable. I don't want to bother anybody over there, but I still want to go see them, say hey to them, tell them I miss them, stuff like that. "He still has ceiling available, and I don't think by any means he's reached it yet".

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