Chris Sale saved one game ball Saturday night — the one with which he struck out Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez.

Martinez is 12-for-22 in his career against Sale but he went just 1-for-3 against him Saturday with a double a fly out and a strikeout.

The strikeout was among the seven Sale used to set the Sox single-season strikeout record for a left-hander with 221. The only Sox pitcher in front of him on the all-time list is Ed Walsh who pitched in the early 1900s and has the top four totals including 269 in 1908.

"For this day in age what Chris has done this early just shows he's up there with the elite pitchers in the game" Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Giving back: Sox left-hander Hector Santiago said he grew up with parents who felt it was important to contribute to the community. His father who was in the floor covering business and also is named Hector Santiago often umpired youth games and worked on park fields.

Santiago has tried to follow their example doing charitable work that earlier this month earned him the Sox nomination for the Roberto Clemente Award given for positive contributions on and off the field. The winner of the award for which fan voting is underway will be announced during the World Series.