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Sale 1st in AL with 300 Ks since 1999

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(TSX / STATS) -- BALTIMORE -- Chris Sale became the first American League pitcher with 300 strikeouts in a season since Pedro Martinez in 1999 and the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 9-0 victory Wednesday night.

Sale (17-7) struck out 13 and tied a career high with his 17th victory. He allowed only four hits and did not walk a batter over eight innings. Sale joins Martinez as only the second pitcher in Red Sox history with 300 strikeouts.

Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero homered for Boston, which has won 11 of 14 and edged closer to clinching a spot in the postseason. Dustin Pedroia snapped an 0-for-18 skid with a two-run double in the eighth.

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AL Earned Run Average
Rank Name ERA
1 C. Kluber, Cle2.35
2 C. Sale, Bos2.86
3 L. Severino, NYY2.93
4 M. Stroman, Tor3.01
5 D. Pomeranz, Bos3.15
6 E. Santana, Min3.34
7 S. Gray, NYY3.38
8 A. Cashner, Tex3.40
9 C. Carrasco, Cle3.48
10 J. Verlander, Hou3.50
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NL Earned Run Average
Rank Name ERA
1 C. Kershaw, LAD2.26
2 M. Scherzer, Was2.59
3 S. Strasburg, Was2.60
4 G. González, Was2.68
5 Z. Greinke, Ari2.87
6 L. Lynn, StL3.09
7 J. Arrieta, ChC3.48
8 J. Nelson, Mil3.49
9 J. deGrom, NYM3.55
10 A. Nola, Phi3.56
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