Chris Sale fans 17 batters marking the maximum Ks in a game by a Boston pitcher as Pedro Martínez’s 17. (1:09)

Chris Sale fans 17 batters marking the maximum Ks in a game by a Boston pitcher as Pedro Martínez’s 17. (1:09)

BOSTON — Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale struck out a career-high 17 batters in only seven innings against the Colorado Rockies, then was pulled after 108 pitches on a chilly Tuesday night in Fenway Park.

The team record for strikeouts in two innings is 20, done five times. Roger Clemens made it happen double for Boston Wood and Randy Johnson and Max Scherzer was the past to accomplish it, in 2016.

Sale didn’t walk anybody, also quit three hits, adding a two-run homer to Nolan Arenado. Brandon Workman gave a goahead two-run homer to Charlie Blackmon up and relieved to begin the eighth.

Sale 17 strikeouts are probably the maximum by a Red Sox pitcher as Pedro Martinez had 17 at 2000, and also the most by any pitcher in a game since 20 hit out against Detroit, on May 11, 2016.

In his final outing Wednesday from the Baltimore Orioles, Sale had 14 strikeouts in eight innings. He is the first pitcher to record least 14 strikeouts in consecutive starts since Clayton Kershaw at 2015 (Aug. 28-Sept. 2).

It’s the second time at Sale’s career he has recorded at least 14 strikeouts in successive starts (also achieved in 2015). He is the next Red Sox pitcher at the live ball era (since 1920) to accomplish this, joining Pedro Martinez, who did it 3 times, and Roger Clemens, who made it happen double.