Chris Sale fans 17 batters signaling the maximum Ks in a game with a Boston pitcher since Pedro Martínez’s 17. (1:09)

Chris Sale fans 17 batters signaling the maximum Ks in a game with a Boston pitcher since Pedro Martínez’s 17. (1:09)

BOSTON — Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale struck a career-high 17 batters in just seven innings against the Colorado Rockies was hauled after 108 pitches on a Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

The large league record for strikeouts in nine innings is 20, done five instances. Roger Clemens made it happen twice for Boston Wood and Randy Johnson and Max Scherzer was the last to complete it, in 2016.

Boston fans chanted”We want Sale!” Although it did not look like by choice after the bottom of the seventh, but his night was done. When manager Alex Cora told him he had been coming outside, Sale used his hands to shape the number 20.

Cora didn’t bite and went to Brandon Workman, who enabled a double by a two-run homer and Chris Iannetta from Charlie Blackmon using two outs in the eighth to give Colorado its first lead at 43.

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

In his last outing Wednesday contrary to the Baltimore Orioles, Sale had 14 strikeouts in eight innings. He’s the first pitcher to capture least 14 strikeouts in consecutive starts since Clayton Kershaw at 2015 (Aug. 28-Sept. 2).

It’s the 2nd time at Sale’s career he has recorded at least 14 strikeouts in consecutive starts (also done in 2015). He’s the third Red Sox pitcher at the live ball era (since 1920) to do so, linking Pedro Martinez, who did it 3 times, and Roger Clemens, who made it happen twice.