Ian Kennedy

Sale sharp, Red Sox move into 1st with 8-3 romp over Royals

Chris Sale had just shut down one of the hottest teams in baseball, helping the banged-up Boston Red Sox take over sole possession of first place in the AL East for the first time all season.

And he looked as if he wanted to punch a wall.

Sale was two outs shy of his second consecutive complete game when Boston manager John Farrell trundled to the mound Tuesday night. But the left-hander's pitch count had already reached 110 on the way to an 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals, so Farrell's decision to summon a reliever was relatively easy.

If a bit hard to swallow for his competitive ace.

"A little frustrating," Sale said, "but at the end of...

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