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. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Boston's Sale Reaches 2,000 Career Strikeouts In Record Pace

Sale's 194 strikeouts against the Tigers are his most against any opponent.

August 13, 2019 - 8:42 pm

CLEVELAND (AP/97.1 The Ticket) — Boston Red Sox lefty Chris Sale has reached 2,000 career strikeouts faster than any pitcher in history.

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Sale entered Tuesday's game against the Indians 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.

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.

Sale's 194 strikeouts against the Tigers are his most against any opponent. He spent seven seasons with AL Central rival Chicago, where he had 158 K's against Detroit. He's struck out 36 Tigers batters in just four starts since joining the Red Sox in 2017.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.