Update (5:30 PM EDT): Sanchez lost the no-hit bid and the shutout bid in one fell swoop as Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run with two outs in the seventh inning, tying the game at 1-1.
With the Blue Jays’ playoff hopes on the line, Aaron Sanchez has delivered what may end up being the best start of his young career. The right-hander has held the Red Sox hitless through six innings thus far on Sunday afternoon, walking only two on 80 pitches.
Devon Travis provided the game’s only run, drilling a solo home run off of David Price in the top of the fifth inning at Fenway Park.
If Sanchez is able to navigate through the next three innings, he will become the first Blue Jay to throw a no-hitter since Dave Stieb no-hit the Indians on September 2, 1990. The Red Sox haven’t been victims of a no-hitter since the Mariners’ Chris Bosio accomplished the feat on April 22, 1993. The 2016 season has seen only one no-hitter: Jake Arrieta bested the Reds in a 16-0 rout on April 21. The 2015 season saw seven no-hitters.
Sanchez entered Sunday’s action with a 14-2 record and a league-best 3.06 ERA. We’ll keep you updated the rest of the way as Sanchez attempts to hold the Red Sox at bay.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.