Betts came into the second game of a four-game set in Baltimore with 9 home runs on the year, and left with 12, after the first three-homer game of his career, and the 27th three-home run game in Red Sox history. The 23-year-old right fielder hit one out to left field, in addition to hitting a home run to centerfield for the first time in 2016, and also hitting the first opposite field home run of his career. According to Elias Sports Bureau, this was also the first time that a Red Sox leadoff hitter has ever hit three home runs in a game.
Oh, and he also did this, too.
And because Jackie Bradley Jr. was away from the team on paternity leave, being Jackie Dadley Jr., Chris Young got the start against a right-handed pitcher in center, and did this to poor Manny Machado.
Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 24 games with a bloop single into shallow left field. I guess if you’re looking for something negative to say about Bogaerts, then we can go with “this ends his streak of three consecutive games with a multi-hit game, and he had to settle for a 1-for-4 night.” Dustin Pedroia also went deep on Tuesday night, following up Mookie’s leadoff home run in the first inning with a solo shot of his own to give him seven on the year.
The Red Sox still lead the majors in runs scored with 308 runs, while the next closest team is the St. Louis Cardinals (292). They also lead the majors in batting average at .294, while the next closest team is the Pittsburgh Pirates (.283). The Red Sox have the highest OPS in the MLB at .848, while the next closest team is the Cardinals (.800). They have the most doubles in the MLB (134), while the next closest team is the Colorado Rockies (107). They have the most hits in the MLB (547), while the next closest team is the Pirates (507). They’re the best offensive team in the game, and it’s not even close.
After Tuesday night’s victory, the Red Sox now have seven players who are hitting at least .280 and have driven in at least 25 runs. The Orioles have two, and the Blue Jays, Yankees and Rays have zero.
Final score: Red Sox 6, Orioles 2
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