Encarnacion, Betts each hit three homers

Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt watches his RBI single during the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday

In a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals, Betts cranked three homers and set Sox team history and Major League Baseball history. Mike Minor has conceded at least four runs in two of his last three starts, so look for the Red Sox unsafe lineup should to do solid damage against him and the Rangers mediocre bullpen, plus the over is 6-1 in the Red Sox' last seven games against a team with a winning percentage below.400.

Kansas City, which stumbled through April with seven wins, won in extra innings for the first time this season. And his 68 career home runs out of the leadoff spot is just one behind Dom DiMaggio for the most in Red Sox franchise history.

Betts delivered a two-run double in the eighth inning.

The Red Sox won't play a game at Fenway again until May 14 as they take to the road to take on the Rangers, Yankees and Blue Jays in respective series'.

After the Red Sox got two back, Price couldn't carry the momentum.

Mookie Betts hit three homers on three different pitches Wednesday. The over has cashed in one of those games, compared to four that've gone under in such games.

It was the third consecutive start Price has given up at least four earned runs, and fourth time in his last five outings. He proceeded to take his time in a slow, methodical home run trot.

The Red Sox will send right-hander Rick Porcello (4-0, 2.23 ERA) to the mound Friday while Texas will counter with ageless rightie Bartolo Colon (1-0, 2.87). 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.

Maintaining a slash line of.306/.412/.516 across 148 plate appearances, Betts enjoyed batting against left-handed pitching previous year (compared to his total season slash line of.264/.344/.459). Hector Velazquez, the reliever, immediately threw a wild pitch to allow a run before Mazara homered.

It was an ugly night all round for the Red Sox, who were 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base.

Betts belted three solo homers and J.D. Before that outburst, the Rangers were 2-6 against left-handed starters this season. At just 25 years old, he joins Albert Pujols as the only active players with four three homer games. He is 2-0 with a 3.62 ERA in six games this year.

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.



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