Mookie Betts, Edwin Encarnacion carry teams with monster 3-HR games

Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts

Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts

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 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. Salvador Perez is 3-for-5, Alcides Escobar 2-for-4 and Ryan Goins 2-for-5, while Lucas Duda and Abraham Almonte both 0-for-5 against Pomeranz. Trevor Story and Chris Ianetta went deep against Yu Darvish, who was rocked for five earned runs and seven hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Danny Duffy has never beaten the Boston Red Sox, with the bulk of his poor numbers coming at Fenway Park. Price has lost back to back games where he has allowed ten runs on 17 hits over 13.1 innings. His first and third homers, which traveled 452 feet and 440 feet respectively, were the two longest he hit in his career. He would complete the trifecta with a much-needed insurance run in the seventh that put the Red Sox up 5-3.

Yankees 4, Astros 0: Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning off Ken Giles to spoil a splendid outing by Justin Verlander as visiting NY posted its first shutout of the season.

Meanwhile, the Boston bullpen held the Royals to four hits after Rodriguez departed at the end of the fourth inning.

Marlins 2, Phillies 1: Pinch-hitter Yadiel Rivera singled home Cameron Maybin, who had tripled, in the 10th inning as visiting Miami won its fourth in a row while handing Philadelphia its fourth consecutive loss.

Encarnacion hit a three-homer in the first, a two-run shot in the second and a solo drive in the eighth. Cheslor Cuthbert homered for Kansas City, and Drew Butera had a two-run double.

"The way he hit that ball, he didn't have to run", Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez said. The Royals have also won three of four since losing five straight.

"I see these guys competing so hard each night".

Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery could miss up to eight weeks because of strained left flexor in his left elbow. "Going on a six-game look, a special player".

The Diamondbacks have reached an agreement with Maricopa County that would give the franchise the immediate right to explore rebuilding Chase Field or moving to another site.

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).

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