Red Sox are finally digging the long ball again

May 06, 2018, 05:12
Red Sox are finally digging the long ball again

With his three solo shots, Betts became the first Red Sox player to hit three home runs in a game four times.

The Red Sox have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five. His 11 home runs lead baseball. Martinez also went deep, powering the Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Boston got two back in the bottom of the 13th before Nunez, whose homer to left rallied Boston in the 12th, hit one to the wall in center, where Abraham Almonte ended the threat and the wild night at Fenway.

Salvador Perez hit a sacrifice fly, Drew Butera hit a two-run double and Cheslor Cuthbert homered for the Royals.

David Price will make his seventh start of the season, looking to get back on track after a couple of rough outings. The Rangers' 11 runs were their most this season and paid dividends with Texas' fifth home victory against 12 losses in 2018. "He hit.400 one year".

Minor has enjoyed extended rest prior to each of his past five starts, but on Thursday will be working on five days' rest for just the second time. That's nothing to do with his health or how he's seeing the ball, his 2017 two-strike approach wasn't conducive for hitting home runs. Betts broke into the majors with the Red Sox in 2014, so he was well aware of the significance of the connection to the Hall of Famer. Price has allowed nine runs in his last two starts, and he has had trouble with Texas in his career, plus the over is 4-0-1 in Rangers' last five games overall. Betts made some history in the process.

On the year, that gives Betts 11 homers in 26 games and a line of.365/.451/.823, pending perhaps one more plate appearance this afternoon. It was the second time he allowed three homers at Fenway Park (also August 27, 2016). Strasburg (3-3) allowed three runs - two earned - and seven hits in seven innings.

Maintaining a slash line of.306/.412/.516 across 148 plate appearances, Betts enjoyed batting against left-handed pitching a year ago (compared to his total season slash line of.264/.344/.459). Before that outburst, the Rangers were 2-6 against left-handed starters this season. He is 2-0 with a 3.62 ERA in six games this year.

MIAMI - Aaron Nola allowed four hits in 7 1/3 innings, helping Philadelphia stop a four-game slide. Furthermore, the Rangers have been terrible at home, posting a 4-12 record at Globe Life Park, and Mike Minor is a very hittable pitcher.

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