Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made major league history Tuesday night, becoming the fastest pitcher to reach 2,000 career strikeouts based on innings pitched.

Sale accomplished the feat in the third inning of his start against the Cleveland Indians, fanning Oscar Mercado on four pitches to end the frame. It was Sale's fifth strikeout to that point of the outing -- he whiffed the side in the first and added one in the second.

Sale reached 2,000 in 1,626 innings, besting the previous mark of 1,711 1/3 innings set by Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez.

Sale, 30, is enduring his worst season in the majors, though his rate of 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings entering Tuesday led the league and was well above his career average (11.1 -- an all-time record). Through his first 24 starts this year, Sale was 6-11 with a 4.41 ERA.

--Field Level Media

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