Sale Ks 12 in 3-hitter as Red Sox trounce Royals, 8-0

Published 11:09 p.m. ET June 5, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chris Sale tossed a three-hitter for his third career shutout, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rafael Devers drove in three runs apiece, and the Boston Red Sox trounced the woeful Kansas City Royals 8-0 on Wednesday night.

Sale’s dominant performance was summed up by the eighth inning, when the seven-time All-Star struck out the side on nine pitches — his second immaculate inning of the year. The lanky left-hander also accomplished the rare feat on May 8 against Baltimore.

Sale (2-7) has rebounded from a dismal April to put together a series of solid starts. He finished with 12 strikeouts and no walks, his seventh double-digit strikeout game of the season.

Bradley hit a three-run double during a four-run fifth that broke open the game, and Devers tacked on his ninth homer after a pair of RBIs earlier in the night.

That sent the Red Sox to their fifth straight win at Kauffman Stadium dating to last season. They also have won three in a row overall, with the offense pounding out eight runs in each game.

Boston jumped ahead against Jakob Junis (4-6) with two runs in the first. But the young right-hander…

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