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Sale makes strikeout history

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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Fenway Park. -- DAVID BUTLER II-USA TODAY SPORTS

CLEVELAND — Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a tiebreaking home run in the top of the 10th inning as the visiting Boston Red Sox overcame blowing a five-run lead to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-6 Tuesday night.

After the Indians tied the score on Francisco Lindor’s RBI double in the bottom of the ninth, Bradley’s one-out homer off Nick Wittgren (4-1) in the 10th restored the Red Sox’s lead.

Earlier in the game, Red Sox starter Chris Sale made major league history by becoming the fastest pitcher to reach 2,000 career strikeouts when he whiffed Oscar Mercado to end the third inning. Sale accomplished the feat in 1,626 innings, besting Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez’s mark of 1,711 1/3 innings.

Sale gave up five runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings, recording 12 strikeouts. Rafael Devers had four doubles among a career-high six hits, and he also drove in three runs to lead the Boston offense. Carlos Santana and Franmil Reyes homered for the Indians. — Reuters

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