Gordon, Soler lift Royals over Red Sox in 13 innings

Boston Red Sox's Blake Swihart knows he could be traded within the month

Boston Red Sox's Blake Swihart knows he could be traded within the month

Mookie Betts, who missed three games with a hamstring issue, returned during Tuesday's game and went 0-for-2. 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.

Drew Pomeranz spotted the Royals a three-run lead after two messy innings, but Betts gave the Sox life in the fourth, when he got a 1-1 changeup over the plate from Danny Duffy and launched it over the Green Monster to start the inning.

The Boston Red Sox maintained their grip atop the American League East after slipping by Kansas City 5-4 on Wednesday.

Martinez hit 45 a year ago, but has been a tad behind that pace early in 2018. "I just made a bad pitch and he hit it out of the ballpark". It's just he's able to see the ball pretty deep and his quickness and his reaction skills are awesome.Just extremely quick hands. The left-hander struck out a season-high nine while permitting two runs and three hits.

"I was slow because it was so exciting", Martinez said. "It's more surprising, kind of, to everybody else".

"If I was a pitcher I wouldn't want to face Mookie", Rafael Devers said through the Red Sox' translator. "It's just a matter of using the whole field and driving it everywhere". Betts also had a pair of three-homer games in 2016 when he finished as the runner-up in the AL MVP race. They were also victimized by what amounted to a steal of home when Christian Vazquez threw to second for an out that was not recorded before John Jay (four hits, sacrifice fly) scored from third.

Of that group, Pujols and Betts are the only active players.

"You've got to give it to Moore for hanging in there and throwing as many pitches as he did in a short period of time, knowing that we were a little short in the bullpen today", Banister said.

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. The Royals were trying for consecutive wins for just the second time this season. The Diamondbacks won for the fifth time in six games, improving to 21-8, tied with Boston for best record in baseball and Arizona's best start through 29 games in franchise history. The Rangers have tabbed Mike Minor as Thursday's starter against visiting Boston.

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