Mookie Betts delivers second three-homer game of season

03 May, 2018, 20:16 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Kansas City's Alex Gordon watches the flight of his tying solo home run off Boston relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel in the top of the ninth inning on Tuesday in Boston

Ted Williams only did that three times in his major league career, so sole possession of the Red Sox record now belongs to Betts. Albert Pujols, Carlos Delgado, Willie Stargell, Aramis Ramirez, Larry Parrish, Ralph Kiner, Barry Bonds, Steve Finley and Ernie Banks are the others with four three-home run games during their careers. He is the first player in major league history with four three-homer games before turning 26, according to STATS. Cleveland scored nine runs in the first two innings and never looked back as Edwin Encarnacion belted three homers in the win. Warwick Saupold (1-0) got three outs for the win, striking out two.

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. Martinez also went deep, powering the Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

The Red Sox gradually have come back to earth.

Wade Miley won his season debut by holding the Reds to a run and only three hits over six innings of the Brewers' 3-1 victory at Cincinnati. Betts leads the club with 11 homers.

Tigers 2, Rays 1: Matthew Boyd allowed one run in six innings and Leonys Martin hit a tie-breaking double in the fifth inning to lead host Detroit.


Gordon was 0 for 3 entering the ninth, then hit his first homer of the season.

The Royals must have wondered what they had to do to get Betts out. Red Sox games have gone over 16 times, gone under 12 times and pushed on one occasion. Expect those trends to continue.

When you look at Betts's career splits, his numbers from the leadoff spot look relatively similar to his numbers in the second or cleanup spots in the order: right around a.300 bating average and.350 on-base percentage, with a slight variation in slugging (around.500 at leadoff and cleanup, but down to.430 hitting second).

The Red Sox begin a 10-game road trip after winning two of three games in the series against Kansas City, which is tied for the second fewest wins (eight) in baseball. The memorandum of understanding also gives the Diamondbacks complete control of Chase and stipulates the team will play there for at least five more seasons unless a new facility is ready elsewhere in the Maricopa County. Jose Urena (0-5) allowed two runs, one earned, in seven innings.

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