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Sale takes the mound hoping for run support

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You might have heard that Chris Sale has been awesome. You might have also heard that his run support has been less than awesome. The Red Sox have scored a total of 4 runs during Sale's 37 2/3 innings.

In the last 30 years, the only Red Sox pitcher to get less run support in his first five starts with the team was Jeff Sellers, who got three runs over his first five starts in 1988. The only other pitcher during the last 30 seasons to get less than 10 runs in in his first five starts of a season for the Red Sox was Greg Harris, who got 8 runs of support in his first five starts in 1991.

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You might have heard that Chris Sale has been awesome. You might have also heard that his run support has been less than awesome. The Red Sox have scored a total of 4 runs during Sale's 37 2/3 innings.

In the last 30 years, the only Red Sox pitcher to get less run support in his first five starts with the team was Jeff Sellers, who got three runs over his first five starts in 1988. The only other pitcher during the last 30 seasons to get less than 10 runs in in his first five starts of a season for the Red Sox was Greg Harris, who got 8 runs of support in his first five starts in 1991.

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"I don't think our guys on a day Chris is pitching feel like they've got to try to do more or to make up for previous outings in which he's had," Sox manager John Farrell said. "We know that in five starts he's been on the mound for us, we've scored all of four runs. We've had good ballgames pitched against us by quality starters, to the point where we're seeing rotations adjusted to match up against him. I don't think it's a compounding thing just because Chris is on the mound."

The Orioles will counter with Alec Asher, who is making just his second start of the season.

"I'm happy to be here, happy to be with this club and winning games. I'll do whatever they want me to do, as long as I stay here," said Asher, who has also made two relief appearances for the O's this year and is 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA in his combined work.

Three things to know about this game

• During his dominant start to the season, Chris Sale has been going right after hitters. Among those with at least 300 pitches thrown, he's posted the second-highest zone rate (56.9 percent) and the third-highest strike rate (69.3 percent).

• Asher is making his second career Fenway start and will be looking to do things a bit differently. In the second big league outing of his career, in 2015, he allowed seven earned runs on eight hits and two walks over 3 2/3 innings.

• Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop has made 186 consecutive starts for Baltimore. According to STATS, LLC., that is the second longest current streak in the majors behind Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar, who has 195 straight games under his belt.

Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston.