Mookie Betts returns to starting lineup for Red Sox, hits 3 HRs

Boston Red Sox's Mitch Moreland right celebrates his solo home run with Xander Bogaerts during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Boston Monday

After being held out of the lineup for three straight days with tightness in his hamstring, Betts returned and went deep three times to lead the Sox to a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals and secure a series victory on Wednesday afternoon.

For the visitors, Boston's pitching staff allowed 3.6 runs per game and its starters own a 3.22 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 9.09 K/9.

Encarnacion tops the Indians with nine home runs after slamming three more in a 12-4 rout of the Rangers.

J.D. Martinez also homered for the Red Sox, his sixth of the season. It's the fourth three-homer game for the 25-year-old Betts, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Ted Williams for the most in franchise history.

The first one put the Red Sox on the board. He has finished in the top six of the MVP vote in each of the last two years, including a second place finish in 2016.

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. He falls to 2-3 with a pretty good 3.78 ERA after six starts. A 13% strikeout rate makes him one of the toughest batters to strike out in a league where the strikeout is running rampant across both leagues.

Cavaliers vs. Raptors Game 1
The Raptors are 1-2 against the Cavs this season which could have been easily 2-1 if the Raptors didn't blow a 15-point lead. In the final stanza, the Raptors outscored the Wizards 29-14, taking the lead for good at 81-80 with 9:03 to play.


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.

Earlier, right-hander Brad Keller showed exactly why the Royals kept the Rule 5 Draft acquisition and believe in his potential as he struck out Hanley Ramirez with a 99-mph heater with the go-ahead run on third base and one out in the seventh inning.

We have already seen six three-homer games this season.

Soler hit a 1-0 curveball from left-hander Brian Johnson (1-1) just barely over the Green Monster to snap a 4-4 tie. They have followed an other-worldly 17-2 start with a losing record (5-6) over the last 11 games. Royals 3, Red Sox 3. He walked one and struck out five.

Jacob deGrom was pulled after four dominant innings with a hyperextended right elbow, and the Atlanta Braves broke out against the bullpen to back a stellar start by Sean Newcomb and beat the New York Mets. Texas is 6-20 in its last 26 at home and 1-4 in its last five at home against opponents with road winning percentages over.600.

Carlos Martinez was the star in the Cardinals' 3-2 win over the White Sox, smacking his first big league homer and limiting Chicago to a run and five hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings.

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