Chris Sale livid after the Boston Red Sox game against the Orioles in last place to open the road trip: “It’s us against us. We have to win games’
BALTIMORE – Red Sox ace Chris Sale didn’t mince words when asked what he thought of Boston’s crushing 4-2 loss to the Orioles, last place, on Tuesday night.
“It’s (expletive) sucks,” Sale said. “It’s out of the question. We have to win these games. That’s it. Any game we lose is (expletive) a draw. Every game we win, we get one step closer. .
Facing an O team that came on Tuesday with 50 wins this season, the Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the sixth with Sale – who went through his first five innings – on the mound. Things then settled down, as Sale allowed No.9 hitter Kelvin Gutierrez a game opener, then left an over-the-plate change to Ryan Mountcastle, who scored to tie the game.
Three more singles later (including two against reliever Hansel Robles), Baltimore took a 3-2 lead. The O’s would add a point in eighth and beat the Red Sox for just the second time in 14 tries.
The loss was particularly crushing after the Red Sox were swept aside by the Yankees in a three-game streak over the weekend. The loss, coupled with New York’s 7-2 win over the Blue Jays, caused Boston to lose two games behind the Yankees for first place in the wild card. The Sox still hold a narrow lead over the Jays (one game) and Mariners (one game as of this writing) for second place.
“We’ve been (dragging) through the mud the last four days – the last four games anyway,” Sale said. “We’ve got to find something, man. These games, they no longer do. We are nearing the end. We know where we are. We know what we are up against. It’s not even really us versus anyone. It’s us against us. We have to win games.
The Red Sox were the big favorites in betting to win Tuesday night with Sale, their ace, against one of the worst teams in baseball. But the club’s offense was only three hits, leading to an ominous start to a six-game road trip against last-place teams in Baltimore and Washington.
“We know what we have to do,” said manager Alex Cora. “Today was not a good start for us. Our goal is to win both series. One here and one in Washington. They know that. Everyone knows where we are. It’s not like we’re hiding. Of course, they know what’s at stake.
On Tuesday, the Sox will look to get back on track with All-Star right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on the mound. Sale is hoping the team doesn’t view the Baltimore series as a layup after a heavy weekend against the Yankees at home.
“Better not because we have two more against them and we need both,” Sale said.
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