The Boston Red Sox needed extra innings to defeat the Cleveland Indians 7-6 on Tuesday night, and despite them being very much outsiders for the postseason at this stage, that still didn’t stop them from making a little bit of history on the way to the victory. First off, it was starting pitcher Chris Sale that would make it. Sale, who came into the game needing five strikeouts to reach 2000 of them, did so after just three innings. In total he would end up with 12 of them on the night, enough to easily surpass Pedro Martinez in the number of innings it took him to rack up that number.
Sale, who has struggled throughout the season, didn’t have his best game, however, giving up five runs (only three of which were earned) in six and 2/3 innings. On the other side of the plate, Boston was aided by the consistently great hitting of Rafael Devers to record their win. Devers went 6-6 on the evening, which would make him the youngest player to do that in the modern era. The 22 year-old had four doubles in the game, including one in the tenth inning. He now leads the entire American League in batting average (.328) and unsurprisingly doubles (43). The Indians’ loss means they are a half game behind the Minnesota Twins in the tight AL Central race.