Chris Sale racked up double-digit strikeouts in his sixth consecutive start

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White Sox starter Chris Sale flirted with perfection but settled for eight shutout innings and 14 strikeouts against the Rangers on Friday night. He held the opposition to two hits and did not issue a walk. The lefty lost his bid for a perfect game with two outs in the sixth inning when Hanser Alberto singled to center. David Robertson came on in the ninth inning but loaded the bases, then gave up two runs to erase a 1-0 lead and take Sale out of the running for the win.

Sale has now struck out double-digit batters in six consecutive starts. According to Baseball Reference’s Play Index, there had been only 10 other instances in which a pitcher accomplished the feat. Pedro Martinez did it on three occasions and has the longest streak at 10 starts. Randy Johnson struck out 10-plus batters in seven consecutive starts once and in six consecutive starts on four other occasions. Nolan Ryan had a seven-game streak and a six-game streak.

Rk Name Start End Games IP BB SO ERA Tm
1 Pedro Martinez 1999-08-19 2000-04-09 10 76.1 11 130 1.06 BOS
2 Randy Johnson 2001-04-13 2001-05-13 7 56.0 13 90 1.93 ARI
3 Pedro Martinez 1999-04-15 1999-05-18 7 53.2 13 84 1.51 BOS
4 Nolan Ryan 1977-05-19 1977-06-16 7 60.0 45 90 2.55 CAL
5 Randy Johnson 2002-07-31 2002-08-25 6 50.0 14 79 1.08 ARI
6 Randy Johnson 2000-04-25 2000-05-21 6 45.1 11 71 1.99 ARI
7 Randy Johnson 1999-07-20 1999-08-16 6 49.0 11 65 1.84 ARI
8 Randy Johnson 1998-06-19 1998-07-16 6 51.0 10 74 2.29 SEA
9 Pedro Martinez 1997-06-03 1997-06-30 6 50.2 15 72 1.78 MON
10 Nolan Ryan 1972-09-25 1973-04-18 6 54.0 25 76 1.33 CAL
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/19/2015.

Sale, over his last six starts, has a 1.19 ERA with a 75/7 K/BB ratio over 45 1/3 innings.

Orioles set new MLB record with 259th home run allowed

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Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.

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A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.

The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.

David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.

The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.