Chris Sale returned from the disabled list, but he looked in midseason form, striking out 12 in 5 innings and the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 Sunday afternoon, August 12th for the 4 game sweep.

Sale regained the major league stirkeout lead, now with 219, despite missing 2 games. His ERA of 1.93 is the American League best. In Sunday's game he didn't allow a walk and only gave up 1 hit.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless 9th striking out the side, walking 1 and allowing a hit for his 35th save of the season.

Steve Pearce hit his 10th homer of the season. Jackie Bradley Jr. was 2-4. JD Martinez was 2-4 with a double. Mookie Betts hit his 3th double of the season.

The New York Yankees beat Texas 7-2 Sunday, so the Red Sox remain 9.5 games ahead of the Yankees. The Yankees play a makeup game with the Mets on Monday, before starting a 3 game series with Tampa Bay.

The Red Sox are off on Monday, before starting a 2 game series at Philadelphia on Tuesday, August 14th. Rick Porcello is scheduled to start for Boston with the pregame starting at 6:20 and 1st pitch at 7:05 on AM 1370 WDEA.