Betts hits slam, Red Sox rout Yanks 14-1 for 9th win in row

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts, right, celebrates with J.D. Martinez (28) after scoring on a single by Hanley Ramirez during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Yankees in Boston, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Mookie Betts hit a grand slam on a monster night, leading Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox over the New York 14-1 Tuesday for their ninth straight victory.

Betts went 4 for 4, scoring five runs and driving in four. His third career slam capped a nine-run burst in the sixth inning that turned the first matchup of the season between the AL East rivals into a rout.

Sale (1-0) allowed one run in six innings, scattering eight hits. He struck out eight without a walk.

Boston's starting pitchers improved to 6-0 on the season on a night in which the temperature dipped into the 30s. The Red Sox haven't lost since opening day.

Hanley Ramirez went 2 for 2 with three RBIs. Andrew Benintendi added a two-run triple, along with a double.

Luis Severino (2-1) allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings.

Aaron Judge had three hits for the Yankees, a drive off Sale over the center field wall in the fifth for his third home run of the season.

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Boston's J.D. Martinez went 1 for 5, but had a two-run double in the sixth.

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton went 2 for 4. He struck out his first two times up against Sale, and has now fanned 22 times in 46 at-bats.

Of Boston's nine runs in the sixth, six were unearned.

The Yankees brought in Chasen Shreve with two outs in the inning and runners at first and second. He hit Jackie Bradley Jr. with the first pitch to load the bases, then Christian Vazquez followed with a ground ball that Miguel Andujar botched at third, allowing Martinez to score on the error.

Brock Holt walked and Betts cleared the bases with his shot over the Green Monster to put the Red Sox up 14-1.

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