Chris Sale is the fastest pitcher to reach 1500 career strikeouts

Chris Sale's Struggles Against the Indians are Bad News for the Red Sox

Chris Sale's Struggles Against the Indians are Bad News for the Red Sox

The Blue Jays held the lead until the 7th inning, then Christian Vazquez hit an absolute moon shot to the second deck in left field. In those starts, he struck out 35 while surrendering just two walks.

Davis singled with one out in the eighth against Ryan Tepera, stole second and took third on the pitcher's errant pickoff throw. Kansas City's scoreless streak was three shy of the major league record. It's two outs, it's not easy.

One of those holes will be in the starting rotation, which could actually have two or more spots that need filling. It was the 33rd individual one-hitter in team history and first since Jason Hammel threw one in 2012.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Playing 780 miles from home, where extensive flooding from Hurricane Harvey put much of Houston underwater, the Astros lost to Texas. 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.

Anderson's night ended after an infield single by Andrew Benintendi.

The Rangers' Adrian Beltre had three RBIs to give him 1,637 for his career, moving him past Ernie Banks into 28th on the all-time list. In reality, he should have escaped the inning without an earned run, if not for some poor defence from the Blue Jays in the sixth.

MINNEAPOLIS - Jorge Polanco continued his assault on Chicago pitching with two home runs as Minnesota prevailed. "(With) Danny Barnes it was coming out good, he left the ball up and Vazquez hits the home run.

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A lot can change between now and the end of the season, as a hot streak could push either team into first place in the AL or out of the playoff race entirely. He allowed six hits and three unearned runs over seven innings in taking the loss on April 19 at the Rogers Centre. Jose Abreu went 4-for-4 for Chicago and drove in two runs. Then in the 3rd inning, Eduardo Nunez smashed a line drive solo home run to tie the game.

Now in Sale's defense it's only been a pair of starts in an MVP caliber season, however match ups are crucial if in any sport, in baseball, and if at anytime, in the postseason. A guy who could create a run in a scoreless game. Allowing Hanley Ramirez to score the Sox first run.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 51st home run of the season for Miami. He has hit nine homers in the ninth inning or later, three more than any other player. He didn't allow another hit until the eighth, when Morales singled. The Red Sox took a 5-3 lead on Moreland's RBI single. His walk in the first inning was his sixth in six consecutive plate appearances. He will test in baserunning, which could determine if he returns for the weekend series against the New York Yankees. During the era of the black jersey, Toronto posted a combined.497 winning percentage and never reached the playoffs.

With Chris Sale on the mound, the Boston Red Sox always have plenty of wind at their back.

Braves-Phillies • The game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies was rained out and will be made up Wednesday as part of a single-admission doubleheader.

Philadelphia right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (4-7, 4.36 ERA) opposes Atlanta righty R.A. Dickey (8-8, 4.06) in Game 1. He signed with the Cubs earlier this year and didn't have a lot of success, finishing with a 8.18 ERA in six starts and 22 innings pitched.

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