Mookie Betts, Brock Holt, and Christian Vazquez celebrated after Betts hit a grand slam Tuesday night. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The Red Sox offense didn't exactly get off to a blistering start. Just three-and-a-half runs per game the first seven of the season.
The last three? More fun. Boston's totaled 32 runs and scored at least eight times in each to extend its winning streak to nine.
That was punctuated by last night's 14-1 drubbing of the Yankees--the Sox' most runs against their rival since a game in 2009.
Coming through in the clutch is a big part of the success. Alex Cora's club is batting .320 with runners in scoring position, and he said his group is just getting comfortable at the plate.
"We're staying away from strikes on the edges," he said. "We're looking for pitches in the middle of the zone and putting good swings, and if they're not there, we're taking our walks. They're gonna keep getting better."
Sox and Yanks again tonight at 7:10 p.m. David Price will square off with Masahiro Tanaka.
Price hasn't allowed a run through 14 innings this season and he's struck out 10 to offset as many base-runners.
The lefty started two games against the Bombers last year. Eight shutout frames in one, six runs allowed over five innings in the other.
Tanaka's 1-and-1 with a 2.92 ERA. He had a 2.83 ERA versus the Sox in four starts last season.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports