Red Sox beat up on Sale, cruise to 8-2 win over White Sox

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BOSTON - Talk about your reverse locks.

The sinking Red Sox, losers of three straight and 12 of their last 14, drew Chris Sale, arguably the American League's most dominant starter, in their series finale against the Chicago White Sox Thursday night.

Automatic loss, right? Not so fast.

The Sox beat up on Sale, rapping out a dozen hits, good for seven runs, and cruised to an 8-2 victory while avoiding a four-game sweep at the hands of Chicago, which saw its seven-game winning streak abruptly halted.

Trailing 2-1 in the fifth, the Red Sox took the lead with three straight two-out singles in the fifth, then chased Sale with four more runs in the sixth, highlighted by Brock Holt's two-run single.

Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz each collected three hits each for the Sox. Rusney Castillo hit his second homer of the season in the seventh.

Steven Wright turned in the best start of his big league career, limiting a lineup that had scored 28 runs in the previous three games to just two runs.

Those came in the first when Jose Abreu homered into the Boston bullpen - this time, with no Red Sox outfielder carried with it.

That was the last bit of trouble for Wright, who allowed only four hits -- all singles -- over the next six innings.

For the second straight night, Pablo Sandoval left the game. A night after suffering from dehydration, Sandoval was struck in the left forearm as he swung and missed at a pitch.

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