Sale became the first pitcher in major league history to fan 17 in a start of no more than seven innings. But other than that, the Rockies didn't make much contact. Had he retired one more batter via strikeout to start the game, he would have matched the American League record. Manager Alex Cora made the tough decision to pull Sale, who had thrown 108 pitches through seven frames, turning to reliever Brandon Workman with the Sox leading, 3-2. He dominated the Rockies with a firm fastball and sharp slider, topping his previous best of 15 strikeouts, which he had done three times.
President Donald Trump shows off a Red Sox jersey presented to him during a ceremony welcoming the Boston Red Sox the 2018 World Series baseball champions to the White House, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Washington.
Just prior to their White House visit, the Sox won two games in a row and then proceeded to sweep the Mariners after the visit, according to the New York Post.
"I love this game and to be able to have a chance at doing something like that is special", Sale said.
The Sox will try to split the series with the Rockies when they close out their two-game set Wednesday, with first pitch slated for 7:10 p.m. ET.
Dustin Pedroia's long road back from his 2017 knee surgery just got longer.
"I had awful timing with giving up the runs I did", Sale said.
Red Sox lefty Chris Sale had a chance at history Tuesday night, striking out 17 Rockies through seven innings.
"I don't think there's a pitcher on the planet who has 17 punch-outs and doesn't want to go out for the last inning", Sale said.
Michael Chavis, J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers homered for Boston. Mitch Moreland hit the run-scoring single that ultimately tied the game in the eighth inning and sent it into overtime, where the Red Sox's offense fell silent.
But Cora said there's nothing they can do to change the unfortunate outcome of Tuesday's game.
Rockies: RHP German Marquez (4-2, 3.43 ERA) has struck out 59 through 57 2/3 innings this season.
The Red Sox ended up losing 5-4 in 11 innings.