Chris Sale. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- All-Star starter and Cy Young favorite Chris Sale was brilliant again yesterday in his sixth straight win. Six shutout innings, two hits, nine strikeouts, and he lowered his American-League-best ERA to 2.13.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora's enjoyed the show.
"I've been saying in the last month, he's reminding me a lot of Randy, Randy Johnson," Cora said. "The thing with Randy, he looked like he was always grinding. Him, it looks effortless right now."
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Sale has a 0.83 ERA his last eight starts, with 87 K's in 54 innings. The ace has 11 wins, and so does Rick Porcello, but the righty hasn't been nearly as good of late with 17 runs allowed his last 20-and-2-thirds frames. Porcello will start tonight in Baltimore against Kevin Gausman and the MLB-worst Orioles at 7:05 p.m. He held them to three runs over six in a win May 19.
Birds have dropped 20 of 25, including all three in Toronto to start the second-half. Plus, they just traded All-Star Manny Machado to the Dodgers. Sox have won 19 of 23. They lead the majors with 70 wins. Boston's 9-1 this year against Baltimore.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports