Mookie Betts sets a team record by becoming the first Red Sox player to achieve four three-home run games in a career, surpassing Ted Williams’ record of three.
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Drew Pomeramz picked up his first win of the season and the Red Sox improved to a 22-8 record. Betts homered in the 4th, 5th, and 7th innings for a combined four hits and three RBIs. Betts currently leads the league in runs with 29 as of May 2nd.
The Kansas City Royals took an early lead by scoring a run in the 1st and two in the 2nd. Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez hit home runs in the 4th inning and posted three runs on the board before the Red Sox picked up two more runs in the 5th and 7th, respectively, with Betts’ home runs. The Royals attempted a rally in the 8th by scoring a run, but fell short.
Pomeranz (1-1) gave up three earned runs with three strikeouts in six innings. Joe Kelly, fresh off of his six-game suspension, relieved Pomeranz and gave up one hit while striking out two. Matt Barnes pitched in the 8th before Craig Kimbrel picked up the save in the 9th for his 8th save of the season. He’s currently at 299 career saves.
The Boston Red Sox travel to Texas on Thursday to take on the Rangers. David Price (2-3) will open the four-game series against Mike Minor (2-1) for an 8:05 EST starting time.