Soler's homer helps Royals top Red Sox

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The three homers Betts hit Wednesday afternoon against the Royals made him the first player in Major League Baseball history to have four 3-home run games before turning 26-years-old.

Encarnacion's big day included a congratulatory phone call from another Dominican slugger.

The Texas Rangers left Cleveland licking their wounds following a 12-4 defeat on Wednesday afternoon. The 25-year-old will once again be available off the bench Tuesday.

"We needed some cushion", Yost said. "He's a great guy".

Betts had tied Williams' mark just 15 days ago when he hit three homers against the Los Angeles Angels and now has 11 homers on the season.


The designated hitter's injury isn't stopping him from producing for the Sox.

Remarkably, all three of Betts homers came when he was either behind or even in the count.

Betts launched three solo blasts while going 4-for-4 to lead the Red Sox past the Royals, 5-4. 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.

"It was more of just thinking about putting it in play versus driving (the ball with two strikes)", Betts said. "He hit.400 in a year and did a whole bunch of things I haven't done". 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.

Danny Duffy (0-4) was tagged for five runs and 10 hits in 62/3 innings. Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds and Andrew McCutchen of the San Francisco Giants are the only other active players with at least three career games with three home runs.


"I was slow because it was so exciting", Martinez said. Some of it is surprising to myself, like the last one today, but I know I can drive it.

Blue Jays 7, Twins 4: John Curtiss wild-pitched home two runs in the 10th inning, including the victor, as visiting Toronto handed Minnesota its 11th loss in 12 games. DeGrom has thrown 18 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings and seemed in control against the Braves, striking out four straight at one point and lowering his ERA to 1.87. They had 22 homers through 30 games last season. Hanley Ramirez walked with one out and Martinez followed with a drive to center, tying it at 3. He is batting.286 (8 for 28) with one home run against Sale. "He wanted to enjoy it".

Yes, Cora hinted at a Martinez homer today and the DH delivered.

"It's gotten better, it goes away and then it comes back", said Martinez, per Silverman.


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