Sale struggles, but Marrero hits 2 HRs to lift Red Sox

Sale struggles, but Marrero hits 2 HRs to lift Red Sox

Sale struggles, but Marrero hits 2 HRs to lift Red Sox

Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way as he looked human for the first time this season. While he gave up back-to-back dingers in a four-run second to dig a hole, the third inning encapsulates the frustration better.

As much as those memories flood back for everyone who watched and analyzed Sale and the WHite Sox, the players involved had all winter to stew on their regrets.

Marrero hit only 17 homers in parts of six seasons in the minors, and he had never hit two homers in a game as a professional. Yes, you read that correctly. Seager hit a two-run homer in a three-run second, and his two-run double in the third helped the Mariners go up 6-0.

He returned to the scene of where that stunt went down this week and came in peace, saying "What's done is done" and "This is where I called home for a long time".

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Sale couldn't keep it together, though. The 2012 Cy Young Award victor went just 3.2 innings in his most recent rehab start while surrendering six runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk.

On the other side of the ball, it did not prove to be as daunting a task as most thought it would be to score runs off Sale. A Leury Garcia RBI single and a two run single from Jose Abreu brought the Sox right back into the game. Rather than kill the rally without a run, Marrero launched another one into the bleachers for his second homer of the day. Three of the four runs he allowed were earned.

Cincinnati's Zack Cozart hit two solo home runs and Joey Votto had a third. However, the Red Sox struggled out of the gates and while they have played better of late they still trailed the New York Yankees by three games for top spot in the AL East heading in to this week. But at least one former teammate suspects he would have laughed if the White Sox poked fun at him in his return. Forsythe reached five times, including three walks, and Taylor reached three times. He struck out nine while also giving up 10 hits and walking two. With his team helping out with their bats, Porcello remains at a 3-6 record with a 4.21 ERA. "I think (Sale would) probably chuckle after that, too". Cabrera, who is a switch hitter, has hit four home runs from the right side of the plate and two home runs from the left side.

Price was in line for the win before Kevan Smith hit an RBI double off Matt Barnes (3-2) in the seventh, tying it at 4.

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It isn't a stretch to say Marrero has been one of the worst hitters in professional baseball over the past two years. He'd get out of the eighth without allowing another run and shut things down in the ninth. In the Red Sox's flawless world, he will return to the lineup, produce the way he did once upon a time with the San Francisco Giants and lock down a position that has been the team's biggest hole since 2012.

The reigning Cy Young award victor has shown flashes of his potential but has struggled with consistency so far this season.

A case could be made using basic numbers, advanced metrics or the eye test that Chris Sale is the best pitcher to have worn a White Sox uniform.

It will be very interesting to see if Sandoval can give Boston anything the rest of the way this season. They'll be back out tomorrow night for the rubber match with Drew Pomeranz on the bump.

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