Red Sox use four home runs edge Royals 5-4

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Texas, meanwhile, heads back home after a break-even (3-3) road trip to Toronto, where they won twice, and Cleveland, where they ended the trip with a 12-4 loss to the Indians on Wednesday afternoon. And the third home run by Mookie Betts provided the winning margin.

Jakob Junis pitched five scoreless innings for Kansas City before Boston tied the score in the sixth on Moreland's homer and Bradley's RBI single.

"We're trying to shut them down just to get Mookie another at-bat", Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz said, smiling. He passed Ted Williams, who had three such games, into first place on the Red Sox all-time list on three home-run games. Michael Fulmer pitched six innings of two-run ball for Detroit. Hanley Ramirez walked with one out and Martinez followed with a drive to center, tying it at 3.

Where did all the power suddenly come from?

"Awful. Awful", manager Alex Cora said after the game.

The Sox entered with a fly-ball rate 8 percent higher than previous year, and that's not by accident.

With his three homers on Wednesday, Betts now leads all of baseball with 11 dingers. "I'm exhausted of going out there and getting my butt kicked", said Duffy, who is winless in his career against the Red Sox. "It's just a focus point". And some things we value, making sure we have a good base to hit from.

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He put the Red Sox on the board with his first homer of the day to lead off the bottom of the fourth.

Sean Newcomb tossed two-hit ball over a career-high seven innings and the Braves slammed three home runs off Mets relievers in a 7-0 romp in NY.

Betts' approach differs from previous year, but, according to Red Sox hitting coach Tim Hyers, his approach is the same as everyone else's. "Today's what? 85 degrees?"

In the seventh, Betts completed the hat trick.

"That is incredible, that quickness and speed and his strength levels combined", Hyers said. "You've got to play it through".

The home run has returned to Boston's offense. The MLB average behind in the count is.195. And although Martinez said it helps, he knows it will happen again. "But I'm not really that anxious about the distance".

Two-strike aggression is something that's changed for the right fielder this season. The Red Sox slugger crushed a 443 foot homer to left-center field against Royals starter Danny Duffy on an 85.8 miles per hour changeup.