Chris Sale matched a major league record by striking out at least 10 in eight straight starts, and the Chicago White Sox outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in 11 innings Tuesday night on a home run by Tyler Flowers.
Sale struck out 12 in eight innings. The lefty tied the mark set by Pedro Martinez in 1999 with Boston.
The White Sox ace had fanned every hitter in the St. Louis lineup by the end of the sixth. He is 0-2 with two no-decisions during the last four games of his streak, getting only four runs of support.
Sale helped himself in his 100th career start, singling for his first hit and scoring the first run for the White Sox.
Flowers hit his sixth homer with two outs in the 11th. He connected off Miguel Socolovich (2-1), pitching for the first time in nine days.
Randal Grichuk homered into Big Mac Land and doubled for the Cardinals, whose nine-game home winning streak ended.
Sale struck out the side in the third. He got his 10th strikeout against Jhonny Peralta in the sixth.
Sale singled leading off the third, advanced on a groundout and scored on Jose Abreu's one-out hit. Sale had been 0 for 8 with six strikeouts in his career.
White Sox: Reliever Greg Jennings (neck) made his third rehab appearance Monday for Triple-A Charlotte, working two scoreless innings.
Cardinals: LHP Jaime Garcia has not thrown a bullpen session since cramping in his groin in his last start last Wednesday and is a question mark for Thursday's start.
Link to box score: White Sox (33-42) 2 at St. Louis (51-25) 1 (11 innings)