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Red Sox Send Message To Yankees With 14-1 Rout

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The Boston Red Sox, the defending 2017 AL East Champions, sent a strong message to the New York Yankees on Tuesday night, that the road to the division crown will have to go through Boston.

The Red Sox made a huge statement on Tuesday night with a 14-1 rout, scoring five runs in the first four innings, then adding a nine-spot in the sixth to seal the deal.

In front of a crowd estimated at 32,357 on a cold spring night (38 degrees) in Boston, lefty starter Chris Sale was given the ball looking for his first win of the season. The Red Sox were 8-1 entering the night and Sale had yet to notch a victory, even though he has pitched brilliantly in his previous two starts,  so adding him to the win column would just add to the Red Sox dominance so far in 2018.

Sale dazzled the Yankees for six innings, allowing one run on eight hits, no walks and eight strikeouts. The lone run was a 444 foot shot off the bat of Aaron Judge in the top of the fifth. But the powerful Yankee lineup was no match for the 6-time all star pitcher, as they managed just one run on eight hits; a home run, one double (Giancarlo Stanton) and six singles.

After the sixth, Sale handed over the lead to his bullpen and they continued the sawing of the Yankee bats, allowing just two hits, a walk and two strike outs.

As for the Red Sox offense, Mookie Betts extended his current hitting streak to eight games with a 4 for 4 night, as he added two doubles and a home run. This his eight 4-hit game of his career. Andrew Benintendi also had a big game as he doubled and tripled, driving in two, Hanley Ramirez drove in three, and newcomer JD Martinez drove in two as well.

The Red Sox improved to 9-1 as the Yankees dropped to a game under .500 at 5-6.

Both teams are at it again on Wednesday night as Yankees Mashiro Tanaka (1-1, 2.92 ERA, 2G) goes up against David Price (1-0, 0.00, 2 G).

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