Betts blasts three HRs, Red Sox flush Royals

Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts congratulates Hanley Ramirez right after Ramirez drove in the winning run against the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning Saturday in Arlington Texas

Betts blasts three HRs, Red Sox flush Royals

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. "I just made a bad pitch and he hit it out of the ballpark". His first longball got the Red Sox on the board to cut the Royals' early lead to 3-1, but his second broke a 3-3 tie to put the Red Sox up by one.

Royals right-hander Kelvin Herrera (1-0) was unable to hold the lead as he served up a tying one-out shot to Nunez in the bottom of the 12th.

Alex Gordon and Whit Merrifield delivered one-out singles, and Soler jumped on a 1-0 curveball from Brian Johnson and lifted it just over the Green Monster.

"We needed some cushion", Yost said.

In the eighth, Cheslor Cuthbert hit his third home run of the year to get the Royals within one run of the Sox. Boston had won three of its last four contests heading into the opener on Thursday. Cesar Hernandez led off the game with a home run and Maikel Franco had two doubles and drove in a run for the Phillies. Boston tied the game later that inning on J.D. Martinez's two-run blast. The offense averaged 6.53 runs per game in the blazing start.

The Red Sox have lost 2.2 units and are 2-3 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. "He continued to grind it out and gave us everything he had".

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Arenado hit a long two-run homer to center off Yu Darvish (0-3) in the first inning.

With Price struggling, I see this game being high-scoring. He was utilized as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning and grounded out.

Betts was only 5-for-26 in six games versus the Rangers a year ago but is batting.310 lifetime against them. Betts took over in right field in the ninth. They went up 3-0 on Butera's two-run double with two outs in the second.

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Drew Pomeranz (1-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings after serving up three homers in a Friday loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

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