The 30-year-old southpaw struck out 12 through 6.2 innings pitched, but it was his punchout of Indians outfielder Oscar Mercado that notched the record:
Chris Sale reached 2,000 career strikeouts in 1,626 IP. The fastest in MLB history. https://t.co/FaBwwLvDfe
Sale also allowed three earned runs on five hits and didn't earn a decision, as Brandon Workman was credited with the win.