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OC Register: Angels hitters come up empty against resurgent Chris Sale, drop 7th straight


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BOSTON — The Angels may have hoped that they’d see the Chris Sale who has uncharacteristically struggled this season.

Instead, they saw the version who has been one of baseball’s best pitchers throughout his career.

Whether it was the Angels’ slumping hitters or Sale being on top of his game again, the result was a 3-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. It was the Angels’ season-worst seventh straight defeat.

While pitching has been the Angels’ main problem throughout the streak, they happened to get a solid outing from Dillon Peters on a night that the hitters could do nothing with Sale.

Sale, who brought a 4.68 ERA into the game, blanked the Angels on two hits over eight innings. Sale, who came into the game averaging a major-league best 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings, struck out 13 and didn’t walk any.

Sale struck out Albert Pujols to end the seventh with a 98.4 mph fastball, his hardest pitch of the year.

The Angels had been one of the toughest teams in baseball to strike out for most of the season, but during their seven-game losing streak they have whiffed 81 times.

Shohei Ohtani had a check-swing infield hit in the first and Mike Trout singled in the seventh.

Otherwise, the hitters could not support Peters, who provided his second straight quality outing.

Peters gave up three runs in six innings, all of them coming on a pair of homers. He struck out eight and walked one.

In Peters’ previous outing, he had entered in the first after opener Taylor Cole had already allowed three runs, and Peters lasted the final 7-2/3 innings of the game. He was charged with three runs.

Peters, who was quietly acquired in a trade from the Miami Marlins last winter, has a 3.45 ERA in 31-1/3 innings with the Angels this season.

On Thursday, Peters got burned by a first-pitch fastball over the heart of the plate to Sam Travis, who blasted it out to center for a two-run homer in the second inning.

Peters also gave up a solo homer to Sandy Leon leading off the fifth, but that was it. He retired the final six batters he faced.

More to come on this story.

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