Betts homers 3 times as Red Sox beat Royals 5-4

05 May, 2018, 03:22 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Mike Moustakas is hitting.302 with eight homers and 19 RBIs in 28 games this season.	 Peter G. Aiken  Peter Aiken

Besides the incredible start to this season by Betts, which has seen him slash.365/11/21 in 26 games, while also scoring a league-best 32 runs and lead all right fielders in virtually every defensive metric, Boston has another factor working against them in their quest to lockdown their star.

The Texas Rangers left Cleveland licking their wounds following a 12-4 defeat on Wednesday afternoon.

J.D. Martinez also homered for the Red Sox, his sixth of the season. Ted Williams is the only other Red Sox player with as many as three three-homer games. Royals 1, Red Sox 0. He has finished in the top six of the MVP vote in each of the last two years, including a second place finish in 2016.

In the fifth inning, he hooked an 0-2 slider over the Green Monster, prompting a disgruntled stare from Duffy. Betts is also the first player in Major League Baseball history to have four games with three home runs before the age of 26, according to STATS.

Angels 3, Orioles 2: Justin Upton singled home the winning run in the ninth as host Los Angeles snapped a four-game skid.

Last year Betts probably wouldn't have hit a home run in any of those at-bats. Asked before the game if Fenway Park was restricting Martinez's opposite-field power, Cora smiled and said, "Nah, nah, nah".

Delino DeShields loaded the bases with a third consecutive hit, and after Price struck out Shin-Soo Choo for the second out, he walked Isiah Kiner-Falefa to force in the inning's second run.

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Porcello has been lights out for the most part, but the Rangers have fared decently against him in the past (4.74 ERA over the past three seasons).

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. He walked one and struck out five.

Betts' approach differs from previous year, but, according to Red Sox hitting coach Tim Hyers, his approach is the same as everyone else's. Right-hander Burch Smith was one of two final relievers Yost had available in the bullpen for the 13th, and Smith immediately gave up a single and then hit a batter.

Mets ace Jacob deGrom had to leave Wednesday's start after four shutout innings because of a hyperextended pitching elbow.

Drew Pomeranz (1-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings after serving up three homers in a Friday loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Betts and the rest of the Red Sox lineup preyed on Royals pitching throughout the series, totaling 21 runs over a three game span.

The Rangers are 12-20 SU and 13-18 ATS.

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