Updates with new lead. Betts also had a two-run double and a sacrifice fly as the Red Sox opened an 11-day, 10-game trip. Boston outfielder J.D. Martinez has multiple hits in five of the past seven games.
"Two years ago was a long time ago now it feels like, so it's hard to compare", Porcello said. Some of it is surprising to myself, like the last one today, but I know I can drive it. And if you want some context for how truly unbelievable that is, consider that it vaults him past Ted Williams for the most three home run games in Red Sox history, and among the present day heavy hitters, Mookie now leads the majors in round trippers with eleven.
Rafael Devers, at 21 less than half Colon's age, homered twice.
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.
The second line is chipping in a little, but the third and fourth lines have been almost invisible in this series and the Bruins need a spark to get some goals from other players and I don't see why taking a chance on a dynamic forward like Donato isn't worth a try in game four, which is really, other than game seven, the most pivotal and critical of any series. "We got some balls in the air against Bartolo, but he did a nice job".
The first one put the Red Sox on the board. He fanned eight in the victory and now sits at 5-0 with a stingy 2.14 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, and 46/5 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings across seven starts. The right-hander has won seven consecutive decisions going back to last season.
"It seems like there's no separation in his pitches right now", Cora said. That was the lone run, and one of only three hits off Porcello.
Mazara went 2-for-5 with a home run and 5 RBI.
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"I know what I can do and I know I have the ability to drive the ball, and I'm kind of showing it", Betts said. "I always have to give credit to the hitters because they know that I'm aggressive". Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal's 243 wins are the most for a player born in the Dominican Republic.
"You're facing the best when you get into these types of situations, " manager Jeff Banister said. "Thought he had a good mix tonight, good movement on the fastball".
None of his three solo shots Wednesday went to right field; all were to left or left-center.
When Betts could only muster two home runs last week in the Toronto series, the second one was muscled over the right-field fence. The blast put Boston up 1-0 and was Martinez's seventh of the 2018 campaign. It was his fourth home run in four consecutive games, and second against the Red Sox.
The Rangers became the first team since the New York Mets, in September 1998, to face a Cy Young victor in three consecutive games.
"Mookie, it's been incredible", Porcello said.
Ted Williams used to own the Red Sox' record for most three-homer games, but Betts is now in front with four of them through his first five big league seasons.
Meanwhile, Price left allowing a season-high nine runs, including a season-high seven earned runs, on six hits and two walks.