Betts homers 3 times as Red Sox beat Royals 5-4
It was the fourth three-homer game for the 25-year-old Betts, snapping a tie with Hall of Famer Ted Williams for most three-homer games in franchise history.
AL East-leading Boston won for the third time in four games after losing 7-6 in 13 innings on Tuesday night.
The Yankees have beaten Houston by the exact same 4-0 score for tow straight days.
Severino (5-1) walked one and threw 110 pitches in his 60th major league start, earning his third straight win. He was still throwing 99 mph in the ninth inning as he polished off New York’s third complete game over the last three seasons.
The 24-year-old righty became the youngest Yankees pitcher to toss a shutout since Sterling Hitchcock, who was also 24, in 1995.
Stanton homered twice off Dallas Keuchel (1-5).
SEATTLE (AP) – James Paxton struck out a major league-high 16 in seven dominant innings, but the Seattle bullpen blew a late lead in a loss to Oakland.
Paxton posted the highest strikeout total by a Seattle pitcher since Randy Johnson fanned 19 on Aug. 8, 1997. He got 14 A’s on swinging strikeouts.
Pujols hit his 620th career homer, connecting off Dylan Bundy (1-4). He is on deck to become the 32nd member of the 3,000-hit club.
Andrew Heaney (1-1) yielded five hits and one run over six solid innings to earn his second major league victory since September 2015. The left-hander missed large portions of the past two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Encarnacion hit a three-homer in the first, a two-run shot in the second and a solo drive in the eighth. The designated hitter leads the team with nine homers despite a .191 batting average.
NEW YORK (AP) – Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom was pulled after four dominant innings with a hyperextended right elbow, and the Braves broke out against the bullpen to back a stellar start by Sean Newcomb.
Atlanta also had an injury concern when shortstop Dansby Swanson was lifted in the sixth inning with a sore left wrist. The Braves said it was a precautionary measure.
Newcomb (2-1) pitched seven innings of two-hit ball. He also doubled and scored on Ender Inciarte’s two-run homer in the seventh.
After the game, Mets veteran Todd Frazier said he wanted to meet with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred over the way umpires are calling balls and strikes.
Los Angeles ended a four-game losing streak and won after eight consecutive regular-season losses at Chase Field.
The Dodgers led 1-0 when Ryu, their most successful starter this season at 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA coming in, exited with a left groin strain.
Matt Adams clubbed his third homer in two games for Washington. Strasburg (3-3) allowed three runs – two earned – and seven hits in seven innings.
Batting at the top of the lineup for the second straight game, Harper sent a first-inning pitch from Ivan Nova (2-2) into the second deck in right-center for his 10th homer this season and second in two nights.
Francisco Cervelli homered for Pittsburgh, which will try to avoid a series sweep on Thursday.
Tyler Anderson (2-0) pitched a season-high seven innings after leaving his previous start because he was feeling light-headed. The left-hander struck out a season-high nine while permitting two runs and three hits.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez hit his first major league home run and threw 7 1/3 effective innings.
Dexter Fowler added a two-run homer for the Cardinals, who won their second game in a row.
Martinez (3-1) got St. Louis on the board with a 407-foot shot off Lucas Giolito (1-4) with two outs in the sixth. Martinez allowed one run and five hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
Bud Norris got four outs for his sixth save in six chances.
Yelich hit a tiebreaking drive to right off Luis Castillo (1-4) in the fifth.
Miley (1-0) allowed three hits, struck out four and walked three. The veteran left-hander agreed to a minor league deal with the Brewers in February and was promoted ahead of the finale of the three-game set, replacing Brent Suter in the rotation.
Jeremy Jeffress worked two innings for this second save in two nights.
Cincinnati committed three errors while slipping to 7-24, matching the franchise’s worst 31-game start.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Fernando Romero pitched four-hit ball into the sixth inning in his major league debut, giving Minnesota a badly needed boost.
Eddie Rosario homered for the Twins, who won for only the second time in their last 13 games. Romero (1-0) was a big reason why, striking out five in 5 2/3 innings. Four relievers preserved the shutout, allowing only two singles the rest of the way.
Warwick Saupold (1-0) got three outs for the win, striking out two. He combined with five other relievers for six scoreless innings, yielding just two hits.
Tampa Bay left-hander Blake Snell was pulled after he surrendered James McCann’s tying solo homer with two out in the seventh. Snell, who had won his previous four starts, gave up five hits, struck out four and walked one.
Michael Fulmer pitched six innings of two-run ball for Detroit.
Nola (4-1) retired 17 consecutive batters at one point. He struck out seven and walked one.
Austin Jackson added two hits and two RBIs, and Derek Holland (1-3) pitched five innings for his first win of the season for San Francisco.
The Giants finished 7-3 on their homestand and celebrated reliever Will Smith’s first appearance in the big leagues in nearly 19 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery on March 30, 2017. Smith pitched one scoreless inning.
Giants right fielder Andrew McCutchen left in the third after getting hit in the back of his elbow by a pitch. X-rays were negative.
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