Betts homers 3 times as Red Sox beat Royals 5-4

BOSTON (AP) Mookie Betts heard the name Ted Williams, and that was enough for him.

Betts belted three solo homers and J.D. Martinez also went deep, powering the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

It was the fourth three-homer game for the 25-year-old Betts, snapping a tie with Williams for most three-homer games in franchise history. 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.

''It's pretty cool,'' Betts said. ''He hit .400 in a year and did a whole bunch of things I haven't done. Just to know my name is amongst his is pretty cool.''

Betts also hit three homers in a 10-1 victory at the Angels on April 17. He is the first player in major league history with four three-homer games before turning 26, according to STATS.

''We're trying to shut them down just to get Mookie another at-bat,'' Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz said, smiling. ''When he gets going like that, that's pretty cool.''

AL East-leading Boston won for the third time in four games after losing 7-6 in 13 innings on Tuesday night.

Cheslor Cuthbert homered for Kansas City, and Drew Butera had a two-run double. The Royals were trying for consecutive wins for just the second time this season.

Danny Duffy (0-4) was tagged for five runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Pomeranz (1-1) worked six innings, giving up all three of his runs in the first two frames. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save and 299th of his career a day after his first blown opportunity this season.

Unlike most of the early season games in Fenway Park, there was a summer-like feel with a game-time temperature of 86 degrees under bright-blue skies.

Betts led off the fourth with a drive to center for his ninth homer of the season. Hanley Ramirez walked with one out and Martinez followed with a drive to center, tying it at 3.

''I see Mookie Betts six times a year,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''Going on a six-game look, a special player.''

Betts connected again in the fifth, sending a drive just inside the left-field foul pole into the Green Monster seats. His third homer of the game also came against Duffy, driving a 1-2 pitch over the wall in center in the seventh.

''I'm searching for outs. I'm tired of going out there and getting my butt kicked,'' said Duffy, who is winless in his career against the Red Sox.

Kansas City closed to 5-4 on Cuthbert's homer in the eighth, but Boston finished it off from there.

The umpiring crew had four calls overturned - including two by first-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: 3B Mike Moustakas returned to the starting lineup after just pinch-hitting on Tuesday. He was hit on the right forearm by a pitch in the series opener.

Red Sox: Betts started for the first time since leaving Saturday's game with a tight right hamstring. ... LHP Eduardo Rodriguez was placed on the family medical leave list and RHP Marcus Walden was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. Manager Alex Cora doesn't know if the lefty will miss his turn in the rotation.

GET BACK

The Royals scored a strange run in the first.

With Jorge Soler on second and Whit Merrifield on third and one out, Salvador Perez hit a fly ball near the triangle in center.

Merrifield waved Soler back as he raced home. Soler was doubled up.

Perez was credited with a sacrifice fly because Merrifield crossed before the double play was completed.

ALLOWED BACK

Boston right-hander Joe Kelly returned after serving a six-game suspension for his part in a brawl with the Yankees last month. He pitched one scoreless inning.

UP NEXT

Royals: LHP Eric Skoglund (1-2, 6.23 ERA) starts Thursday afternoon at home against Detroit. He allowed one run in a career-high seven innings in his previous start.

Red Sox: LHP David Price (2-3, 3.78 ERA) starts Thursday night at Texas in the opener of a 10-game trip, tying the club's longest this season. He is 4-5 with a 5.11 ERA in 14 career starts against the Rangers.

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BOS22-8
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  • W: D. Pomeranz (1-1)L: D. Duffy (0-4)S: C. Kimbrel (8)
  • HR: KC - C. Cuthbert (3), BOS - J. Martinez (6), M. Betts 3 (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B41000123.252.328.378.7071.0
J. Soler RF40200001.315.436.517.9534.0
M. Moustakas 3B40100012.298.331.562.8930.5
S. Perez DH30010012.286.311.405.7160.5
C. Cuthbert 1B31211110.221.306.349.6557.5
J. Jay LF30100004.266.347.303.6502.0
A. Escobar SS41100022.217.280.340.6191.0
A. Gordon CF41200011.274.328.371.6992.5
D. Butera C30120012.185.286.259.5453.5
a- L. Duda PH10000010.214.287.316.603-0.5
  • a-struck out for Butera in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF43433000.365.451.8231.27419.0
A. Benintendi LF40000031.248.347.390.737-1.5
H. Ramirez 1B31100101.311.383.453.8364.0
J. Martinez DH41221000.343.392.593.9848.0
X. Bogaerts SS40100012.367.391.6501.0410.5
R. Devers 3B40100000.263.317.439.7561.0
E. Nunez 2B30100002.243.278.398.6761.0
S. Leon C30000002.118.143.118.2610.0
J. Bradley CF30000020.188.275.292.567-1.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Soler 2 (9), D. Butera (4)
    • HR - C. Cuthbert (3)
    • SF - S. Perez
    • RBI - S. Perez (4), C. Cuthbert (7), D. Butera 2 (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Cuthbert (4), D. Butera 2 (6)
    BATTING
    • 2B - H. Ramirez (6)
    • HR - M. Betts 3 (11), J. Martinez (6)
    • RBI - M. Betts 3 (21), J. Martinez 2 (24)
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - E. Nunez
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Duffy (L, 0-4)6.210551645.631.490.0
    B. Keller1.10000003.181.243.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Duffy (L, 0-4)6.2
    B. Keller1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Pomeranz (W, 1-1)6.08332306.281.7416.5
    J. Kelly (H, 2)1.01000202.920.893.0
    M. Barnes (H, 7)1.01110212.921.142.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 8)1.00000301.350.8311.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Pomeranz (W, 1-1)6.0
    J. Kelly (H, 2)1.0
    M. Barnes (H, 7)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 8)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 111-73, B. Keller 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 3-9, B. Keller 4-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 29, B. Keller 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Barnes
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 89-55, J. Kelly 16-12, M. Barnes 17-12, C. Kimbrel 17-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 6-6, J. Kelly 1-0, M. Barnes 1-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 25, J. Kelly 4, M. Barnes 5, C. Kimbrel 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    KC8-22
    1200000104100
    BOS22-8
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B41000123.252.328.378.7071.0
    J. Soler RF40200001.315.436.517.9534.0
    M. Moustakas 3B40100012.298.331.562.8930.5
    S. Perez DH30010012.286.311.405.7160.5
    C. Cuthbert 1B31211110.221.306.349.6557.5
    J. Jay LF30100004.266.347.303.6502.0
    A. Escobar SS41100022.217.280.340.6191.0
    A. Gordon CF41200011.274.328.371.6992.5
    D. Butera C30120012.185.286.259.5453.5
    a- L. Duda PH10000010.214.287.316.603-0.5
    Total334104121017-----
    • a-struck out for Butera in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF43433000.365.451.8231.27419.0
    A. Benintendi LF40000031.248.347.390.737-1.5
    H. Ramirez 1B31100101.311.383.453.8364.0
    J. Martinez DH41221000.343.392.593.9848.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40100012.367.391.6501.0410.5
    R. Devers 3B40100000.263.317.439.7561.0
    E. Nunez 2B30100002.243.278.398.6761.0
    S. Leon C30000002.118.143.118.2610.0
    J. Bradley CF30000020.188.275.292.567-1.0
    Total3251054168-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Soler 2 (9), D. Butera (4)
      • HR - C. Cuthbert (3)
      • SF - S. Perez
      • RBI - S. Perez (4), C. Cuthbert (7), D. Butera 2 (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Cuthbert (4), D. Butera 2 (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Ramirez (6)
      • HR - M. Betts 3 (11), J. Martinez (6)
      • RBI - M. Betts 3 (21), J. Martinez 2 (24)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - E. Nunez
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Duffy (L, 0-4)6.210551645.631.490.0
      B. Keller1.10000003.181.243.0
      Total8.01055164---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Duffy (L, 0-4)6.2
      B. Keller1.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Pomeranz (W, 1-1)6.08332306.281.7416.5
      J. Kelly (H, 2)1.01000202.920.893.0
      M. Barnes (H, 7)1.01110212.921.142.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 8)1.00000301.350.8311.5
      Total9.010442101---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Pomeranz (W, 1-1)6.0
      J. Kelly (H, 2)1.0
      M. Barnes (H, 7)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 8)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 111-73, B. Keller 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 3-9, B. Keller 4-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 29, B. Keller 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Barnes
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 89-55, J. Kelly 16-12, M. Barnes 17-12, C. Kimbrel 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 6-6, J. Kelly 1-0, M. Barnes 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 25, J. Kelly 4, M. Barnes 5, C. Kimbrel 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Cuthbert homered to right45
      • 7TH INNING
        Betts homered to center35
      • 5TH INNING
        Betts homered to left34
      • 4TH INNING
        Martinez homered to left center, Ramirez scored33
        Betts homered to left center31
      • 2ND INNING
        Butera doubled to deep right, Escobar and Gordon scored30
      • 1ST INNING
        Perez hit sacrifice fly into double play center to second to shortstop, Merrifield scored, Soler out at second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Matt Barnes
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • Lucas Duda hit for Drew Butera
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Matt Barnes relieved Joe Kelly
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert homered to right
        • J. Jay: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jay hit by pitch
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Martinez grounded out to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Devers grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Joe Kelly relieved Drew Pomeranz
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon singled to right center
        • D. Butera: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Butera struck out looking
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • J. Soler: Soler grounded into fielder's choice to third, Gordon out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Betts homered to center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • Brad Keller relieved Danny Duffy
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Cuthbert singled to right
        • J. Jay: Jay grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cuthbert out at second
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Devers popped out to shortstop
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez singled to shallow right
        • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Nunez picked off at first, pitcher to first, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Leon flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Soler flied out to right
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Moustakas flied out to shallow left
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Perez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley flied out to center
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Betts homered to left
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi lined out to right
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez doubled to deep right center
        • J. Martinez: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez singled to left
        • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Escobar reached on an infield single to third
        • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Gordon flied out to deep center
        • D. Butera: Butera flied out to shallow left
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield grounded into fielder's choice to third, Escobar out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts homered to left center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez homered to left center, Ramirez scored
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to deep left
        • R. Devers: Devers singled to right, Bogaerts to second
        • E. Nunez: Nunez lined out to center
        • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Leon grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Soler doubled to shallow left
        • M. Moustakas: Foul, Moustakas singled to shallow left, Soler to third
        • S. Perez: Perez flied out to shallow left
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert walked, Moustakas to second
        • J. Jay: Jay grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cuthbert out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Nunez fouled out to catcher
        • S. Leon: Leon flied out to shallow right
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
        • J. Jay: Strike swinging, Jay singled to shallow center
        • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Escobar reached on fielder's choice to first, Jay out at second
        • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to center, Escobar to second
        • D. Butera: Ball, Strike looking, Butera doubled to deep right, Escobar and Gordon scored
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Devers popped out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
        • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Soler doubled to deep left, Merrifield to third
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moustakas struck out looking
        • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez hit sacrifice fly into double play center to second to shortstop, Merrifield scored, Soler out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts singled to left center
        • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ramirez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Betts out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)