It appears that Mookie Betts is fully healthy. The right fielder powered the Red Sox with three home runs against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday en route to a 5-4 win at sunny Fenway Park.
Betts went 4-for-4 in his return to the lineup with the three solo shots, going deep in three straight at-bats following a leadoff single in the first inning. He now leads the major leagues with 11 home runs on the season.
He hit all three home runs off Royals starter Danny Duffy. His first longball got the Red Sox on the board to cut the Royals’ early lead to 3-1, but his second broke a 3-3 tie to put the Red Sox up by one.
His third homer, a towering shot to center field off Duffy, turned out to be the game-winning run.
J.D. Martinez also homered for the Red Sox, his sixth of the season. Closer Craig Kimbrel rebounded from a blown save on Tuesday night to notch his eighth save, striking out the side.
Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz (1-1) earned his first win of the season, settling in after a shaky first two innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings of work.
Up Next: The 22-8 Red Sox fly to Arlington, Texas for the start of a four-game set against the Rangers on Thursday. David Price (2-3, 3.78 ERA) takes on Mike Minor (2-1, 4.33 ERA) in the series opener.