BOSTON - The Red Sox bullpen spoiled a spectacular start by Chris Sale as part of a 5-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies in extra innings Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
Mark Reynolds singled in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning off Ryan Brasier. Earlier in the night, Brandon Workman gave up a two-run home run to Charlie Blackmon to give away a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning.
Sale turned in one of the most dominating performances of his career, setting a new career-high with 17 strikeouts. He gave up just three hits over seven innings of work. Nolan Arenado's two-run home run in the seventh inning was the lone blemish on the night.
Sale joins Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens as the only pitchers in Red Sox history with multiple 15-strikeout games.
Chris Sale is the first pitcher ever to strike out 14+ batters, walk none, and allow 3 or fewer hits in consecutive starts. The only other pitcher with 14+ strikeouts and 0 walks in consecutive starts (regardless of hits allowed) is Dwight Gooden (Sept. 12 & 17, 1984).
— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) May 15, 2019
After a rough start to 2019, Sale has found his swing-and-miss stuff in a big way.
Sale's strikeout-to-walk ratio last three starts: 41-to-1.
— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) May 15, 2019
The Red Sox once again used the long ball to power their offense. J.D. Martinez, Michael Chavis, and Rafael Devers all hit solo home runs.
The Sox trailed 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth when Mitch Moreland tied the game with a pinch-hit RBI single.
The Red Sox and Rockies will wrap up their series Wednesday night. Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 4.53) will take the ball against German Marquez (4-2, 3.43 ERA)