TORONTO — Chris Sale struck out 11 in seven-plus scoreless innings and became the fastest pitcher to reach 1,500 strikeouts when the Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Sale held the Blue Jays to three hits and did not allow a walk.
Hanley Ramirez homered for the Red Sox (75-57).
Kendrys Morales had a second-inning double and an eighth-inning single for the Blue Jays (61-71) against Sale. Kevin Pillar also had an eighth-inning single against the left-hander.
Brett Anderson (2-3) allowed six hits and one run over 5 2/3 innings in his Blue Jays debut. The left-hander struck out three and did not walk a batter.
Sale (15-6) recorded the historic strikeout when he caught Pillar looking for the second out of the second inning. It was Sale’s third strikeout of the game.
Sale reached 1,500 strikeouts in 1,290 innings. Kerry Wood was the fastest to 1,500 strikeouts previously, accomplishing it in 1,303 innings, according to STATS.
Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth, with two strikeouts, to earn his 31st save of the season.
The Red Sox had two hits in the first inning but failed to score. Eduardo Nunez doubled with one out and was thrown out at home by right fielder Jose Bautista on a two-out single by Mookie Betts.
Boston scored in the sixth. After Anderson had retired 11 batters in a row, Rajai Davis singled with two out and stole second on Anderson’s pickoff attempt. Davis scored when Nunez blooped a double to right field that bounced past Bautista.
Dominic Leone replaced Anderson after Andrew Benintendi’s infield single to first. After retiring his first three batters, Leone allowed Ramirez’s 20th home run of the season in the seventh.
Davis singled with one out in the eighth against Ryan Tepera, stole second and took third on the pitcher’s errant pickoff throw. Nunez, who had walked, advanced to second on the error. Benintendi hit an RBI single to right.
Morales and Pillar led off the bottom of the bottom of the eighth with singles. Addison Reed replaced Sale and struck out pinch hitter Ezequiel Carrera and Miguel Montero.
Ryan Goins singled to right to load the bases for Steve Pearce, whose grounder to shortstop forced Goins at second to end the inning.
NOTES: Toronto optioned RHP Leonel Campos to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for LHP Brett Anderson. Anderson is the club-record 14th starting pitcher used by the Blue Jays this season. They had used 13 starters in 2013, 2002 and 1979. … When Boston RHP Craig Kimbrel recorded his 30th save of the season Monday, he became the sixth pitcher with 30 or more saves in as many as seven straight seasons. … Red Sox RHP Rick Porcello (8-15, 4.57 ERA) will face Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ (6-10, 4.10) Wednesday in the series finale.