BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox just keep on winning.
The Red Sox recorded their ninth straight victory Tuesday night at Fenway Park: a 14-1 shellacking of the rival New York Yankees in the opener of the first series of the season between the American League East foes.
Chris Sale picked up his first win of the campaign with the help of substantial run support, as Boston nearly doubled its highest run total of the season entering the game against New York.
With the win, the Red Sox improve to 9-1, while the Yankees fall to 5-6.
Here’s how it all went down:
GAME IN A WORD
The Red Sox led from wire to wire in this one, as the Yankees seemingly never posed a threat of making a comeback.
ON THE BUMP
— Sale wasn’t particularly sharp, but the ace did what he needed to do to prevent the Yankees from doing major damage to the scoreboard.
The left-hander, as usual, had his strikeout pitch working early on, as he punched out seven batters through four innings while scattering five hits over that span. It wasn’t until the fifth frame that New York finally got on the board, as Aaron Judge (3-for-4) pummeled a solo shot to straightaway center field.
Sale responded with a clean sixth inning, but that would be all for the southpaw. He allowed just the one run on eight hits while striking out eight in his third start of the season.
— Joe Kelly allowed one hit in a scoreless seventh inning.
— Brian Johnson allowed a leadoff double to Giancarlo Stanton in the eighth but managed to make it out of the inning unscathed. The left-hander stayed on for the ninth and locked down the win with a scoreless frame.
IN THE BATTER’S BOX
— Mookie Betts was the offensive star for Boston on Tuesday. The right fielder went 4-for-4 with a colossal grand slam, two doubles, a single and a walk. He scored each of the five times he reached base.
— Andrew Benintendi had a productive night at the plate for the Red Sox. The 23-year-old outfielder went 2-for-3 with a two-RBI triple in the second inning, a double in the fourth and two walks.
— Hanley Ramirez continued his torrid start to the season with a 2-for-2 night at the dish, notching RBI singles in each of the first two innings and a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
— After a frustrating first three at-bats, J.D. Martinez finally broke through in the sixth, crushing a two-run double that wasn’t far from being a grand slam.
— Christian Vazquez and Jackie Bradley Jr. both recorded singles.
— Rafael Devers didn’t record a hit, but he accounted for a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
— Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt also went hitless, as did Blake Swihart and Tzu-Wei Lin, who entered the game in the seventh inning as defensive substitutions.
TWEET OF THE GAME
You better be ready with the K Card any time Sale is on the hill.
The Red Sox and Yankees will play the middle game of their three-game set Wednesday night. David Price is scheduled to take the mound for Boston and will be opposed by Masahiro Tanaka. First pitch from Fenway Park is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.
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