The Boston Red Sox squandered a historic performance by Chris Sale on Tuesday, losing to the Rockies, 5-4, in 11 innings at Fenway Park.
Sale struck out a career-high 17 batters over seven innings, including eight of the first nine batters he faced, in a performance that lowered his season ERA to 4.24.
The only blemish on his night was a two-run home run in the seventh by Nolan Arenado that at the time, gave the Sox just a 3-2 lead.
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Chris Sale racks up a career-high 17 strikeouts against the Rockies in just seven innings of work, an MLB record
Brandon Workman came in after Sale and promptly gave up two runs to put the Sox behind, before they tied it up again in the bottom of the eighth. Mark Reynolds drove in the game-winner off Ryan Brasier in the 11th.
Sale’s 17 strikeouts were the most for a Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez fanned 17 against Tampa Bay on May 6, 2000.