Blake Swihart slides safely into home Tuesday night. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Alex Cora's MLB-leading Red Sox won their eighth straight game last night and they're averaging just shy of eight runs during the streak, with a .332 average, 36 extra-base hits, and a .942 OPS.
"Lineup-wise, everybody's doing an outstanding job," Cora said. "It's becoming fun, it'a pretty good lineup from top to bottom. Everybody is putting good at-bats."
The pitching's been good, too, with an even 3 ERA.
Boston will try to complete the sweep of Texas tonight at 7 p.m. at Fenway when seven-time All-Star Chris Sale toes the rubber opposite 45-year-old Bartolo Colon. Sale notched his 100th win last time out and he leads the American League with 176 strikeouts. The southpaw has a slim 1.10 ERA his last six starts. Sale has a 3.12 lifetime ERA in 13 appearances against the Rangers, including a 12-strikeout, 1-run win in May.
Colon's sitting on 245 career wins--four with Boston in 2008. His next will break a tie with Dennis Martinez for the most ever by a Latin American pitcher. The righty has a 3.82 ERA in 30 meetings with the Sox.
Red Sox pace the Yankees by three-and-a-half games in the East.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports