Boston's Sale reaches 2,000 career strikeouts in record pace

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers in the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Cleveland. 

Boston Red Sox lefty Chris Sale has reached 2,000 career strikeouts faster than any pitcher in history.

Sale entered Tuesday’s game against the Indians in Cleveland with 1,995 strikeouts. He struck out the side in the first and reached the milestone in the third when he fanned rookie Oscar Mercado.

The game went into extra innings and ended after the Telegraph Herald went to press.

According to information provided by the Red Sox, Sale broke Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez’s mark by getting to 2,000 in 1,626 innings. Martinez did it in 1,711 1/3 innings. Randy Johnson reached the plateau in 1,733 1/3 innings, and Max Scherzer got there in 1,784.

Sale has struggled this season. He entered his 25th start at just 6-11 with a 4.41 ERA. Still, he has the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the majors since 1920.

The 30-year-old is in his third season with Boston after spending seven with the Chicago White Sox. He opened 2019 with four straight losses and didn’t get his first win until May 3.

Astros 6, White Sox 2 — At Chicago: Zack Greinke tossed six solid innings in his second start with Houston, George Springer and José Altuve hit solo home runs, and the Astros topped Chicago in the first game of a doubleheader. The second game ended after the TH went to press.

Yankees 8, Orioles 3 — At New York: Domingo Germán pitched seven strong innings to become the first 16-game winner in the majors as New York beat Baltimore.

Blue Jays 3, Rangers 0 — At Toronto: Teoscar Hernandez and Billy McKinney hit back-to-back home runs, and Toronto beat slumping Texas.

Mariners 11, Tigers 6 — At Detroit: Kyle Seager hit three home runs and drove in six runs to power Seattle.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Phillies 4, Cubs 2 — At Philadelphia: J.T. Realmuto homered and drove in the tiebreaking run with an RBI double in the seventh inning to lift Philadelphia.

Cubs starter Jose Quintana had a career-best 14 strikeouts in six innings, allowing two runs and five hits.

Nationals 3, Reds 1 — At Washington: Brian Dozier hit his 17th home run and Juan Soto hit a second-deck shot for his 25th as both returned to the lineup, helping Washington beat Cincinnati.

Dodgers 15, Marlins 1 — At Miami: Rookie Will Smith had his first two-homer game as Los Angeles pounded Miami.

Braves 5, Mets 3 — At Atlanta: Atlanta jumped out to an early lead and held off New York.

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