The longest current winning streak in the American League belongs to the Rays — a team that might also boast the AL’s Cy Young Award winner.
David Price was at it again on Saturday night, allowing just two runs over seven innings while striking out five as Tampa Bay rolled to its fifth straight win with a 4-2 defeat of the Twins.
Price now has a 2.50 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 23 starts this season. The 26-year-old lefty has fanned 151 batters and walked only 48 in 155 total frames.
The Rays will look to make it six straight in Sunday’s series-finale with Minnesota.
Price, who finished second in the Cy Young Award race in 2010, pitches next against the Angels.
Your Saturday recaps and box scores:
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2
Reds 4, Cubs 2
Rockies 3, Giants 9
Red Sox 2, Indians 5
Brewers 5, Astros 6 (10 innings)
Cardinals 4, Phillies 1
Padres 5, Pirates 0
Athletics 9, White Sox 7
Rays 4, Twins 2
Braves 9, Mets 3
Dodgers 3, Marlins 7
Tigers 1, Rangers 2
Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 5
Mariners 7, Angels 4
Royals 7, Orioles 3
Angels DH Albert Pujols smacked his 597th career home run, a two-run shot in the top of the first inning during Wednesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Rays. The blast was off of Erasmo Ramirez and marked No. 6 on the season for the future Hall of Famer.
Pujols finished 1-for-3 with the homer and a walk. After Wednesday’s game, he’s hitting a lackluster .244/.296/.378 with 34 RBI and 14 runs scored in 186 trips to the plate.
Pujols currently ranks ninth on baseball’s all-time leaderboard and is three shy of joining the 600-homer club. He’s currently 13 home runs away from tying Sammy Sosa for eighth all-time.
Red Sox starter Chris Sale entered Wednesday’s outing against the Rangers with at least 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive starts, tying a record he already shared with Pedro Martinez. He failed do break the record, racking up only six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Fortunately, the Red Sox scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to put him in line for the win. Sale gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk.
After Wednesday’s outing, Sale is sitting on a 2.34 ERA with a 101/14 K/BB ratio in 73 innings. So far, so good for the Red Sox, who acquired Sale from the White Sox in December.
Sale previously racked up 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive games between May 23 and June 30 in 2015 with the White Sox. Pedro Martinez accomplished the feat for the Red Sox between August 19 and September 27 in 1999.