Mookie Betts blasts three homers in Red Sox' win

Dean Simpson
May 4, 2018

In Betts' case, it's the second time he's done it since opening day.

J.D. Martinez also homered for the Red Sox, his sixth of the season.

Meanwhile in Cleveland, Encarnacion posted six RBIs to personally outscore the Texas Rangers in a 12-4 win.

The Texas offense has produced 3.9 runs per outing, including 4.9 per game over its last 10 games and 5.2 per game over its last five.

DETROIT - JaCoby Jones led off the 12th inning with a triple and scored on John Hicks' bunt single, lifting Detroit to the victory. He falls to 2-3 with a pretty good 3.78 ERA after six starts. Eddie Rosario homered for the Twins. As far as running goes I still have a little bit of a hitch in my giddy up. Seattle's bullpen wasted a fantastic performance by starting James Paxton, who struck out a career-high 16 and held Oakland to five hits over seven shutout innings.

"It pulls the change-up, which resulted in two (Betts) homers".

With his three homers on Wednesday, Betts now leads all of baseball with 11 dingers.

"Still working on trying to run and seeing if I can get that squared away", said Murphy, who spoke with reporters for the first time since returning from extended spring training on Monday. He allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings of work. Ender Inciarte and Johan Camargo blasted two-run shots and Ryan Flaherty added a solo shot. Freeman and Nick Markakis each had three hits and an RBI for Atlanta. Warwick Saupold (1-0) got three outs for the win, striking out two. And the third home run by Mookie Betts proved to be the game-winner.

The Nationals earned their fourth straight win as Bryce Harper hit a leadoff homer and drove in three in a 9-3 thrashing of the Pirates. Royals starter Danny Duffy threw him a 1-2 changeup down-and-in on the first home run, then an 0-2 hanging slider over the heart of the plate on the second, followed lastly by a 1-2 fastball up-and-out on the third.

Dallas Keuchel (1-5) allowed three runs and six hits with five strikeouts in seven innings.

Since 2016, Betts has 11 multi-homer games, tying him with Baltimore's Manny Machado for second most in the majors over that period. James McCann hit solo homer with two out in the seventh.

For the visitors, Boston's pitching staff allowed 3.6 runs per game and its starters own a 3.22 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 9.09 K/9. Paxton left with a 2-0 lead.

The Boston Red Sox maintained their grip atop the American League East after slipping by Kansas City 5-4 on Wednesday. Montgomery left Tuesday's start with the injury after the first inning. His 153 games played were a testament to play through the pain throughout most the second half even if he couldn't build upon the previous year's success.

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