Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts took little time making an impact in his return to the starting lineup, hitting three home runs against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. The Rangers slumped following a recent three-game winning streak with a 1-3 record in the span of four outings. Previous year saw 14 three-homer games and 2016 saw 19, the second-most in history.
But the Red Sox scored four more runs over the remainder of the game, including twice against reliever Scott Barlow, who made his major-league debut.
Betts led off the game with a base hit, only to be wiped out on an inning-ending double play by Hanley Ramirez.
It carried well again for Betts in the fifth inning, when he fell behind 0-2 but got a belt-high slider and gave the pitch what it deserved, smacking it over the wall again for another solo shot. Martinez also went deep, powering the Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
The first one put the Red Sox on the board.
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Pomeranz (1-1) worked six innings, giving up all three of his runs in the first two frames. He's just 25 years old.
Blue Jays 7, Twins 4: John Curtiss wild-pitched home two runs in the 10th inning, including the victor, as visiting Toronto handed Minnesota its 11th loss in 12 games. Right fielder Nomar Mazara has homered in back-to-back games and has eight RBIs in his last seven contests. Orioles catcher Chance Sisco appeared to get knocked unconscious when he slid into teammate Pedro Alvarez's elbow while they chased a foul popup in the seventh inning.
Alex Gordon hit a tying home run off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning, and Jorge Soler slugged a three-run homer in the 13th and the Royals beat Boston 7-6 on Tuesday night. Expect those trends to continue. Under is 13-6-1 in the last 20 meetings in Texas. Betts isn't just trying to protect the plate, he's is still looking to do damage.
The Yankees earned their second straight 4-0 win over the Astros as Luis Severino struck out 10 while allowing five hits in his first career complete game.
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).