Betts blasts three HRs as Red Sox beat Royals

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Mookie Betts clocked three home runs Wednesday. Getty Images

"The temptation is to move him higher, probably", said Cora after the 5-4 victory over the Royals in which Betts' third and mightiest home run in the seventh inning to left-center field almost jack-knifed the flagpole to provide the winning cushion.

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

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.

"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. "He's a great guy". He served as the designated hitter, batting seventh. The other came from J.D. Martinez in the fourth inning. That passes Ted Williams' trio of three-homer games for a new Red Sox franchise record.

And while their NY rivals have had an MVP candidate of their own in shortstop Didi Gregorius, Red Sox Nation now have a champion of their own to contend for the award given to the best overall player in the American League.

"It's pretty cool", Betts said. "Some of it is surprising to myself, like the last one (Wednesday), but I know I can drive it, but it's just a matter of using the whole field and driving it everywhere".

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Nolan Arenado hit two of Colorado's four homers and drove in five runs to back Tyler Anderson and lift the Rockies to a victory over the Chicago Cubs.

He hit all three home runs off Royals starter Danny Duffy. "There's one. I really don't think we want to have him [hitting] ninth".

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Martinez (3-1) hit a 407-foot shot off Lucas Giolito (1-4) with two outs in the sixth to break a scoreless tie.

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Albert Pujols reached 2,998 career hits with a home run and a double, and Mike Trout also homered for Los Angeles. Gallo is hitting.225/.306/.508 with 10 home runs, 22 RBIs and 19 runs scored, while Choo's line is.252/.340/.439 with five homers, 15 RBIs and 20 runs scored.

"Still working on trying to run and seeing if I can get that squared away", said Murphy, who spoke with reporters for the first time since returning from extended spring training on Monday. Murphy says he's not running the way he would if at 100 percent, adding that it's frustrating to be unable to play while his teammates compete so hard each night. To not be able to do that with them is frustrating. As I'm writing this the game is only in the eighth inning, but I'd say it has gone well so far.

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