Betts on the mark (8 RBI) as Red Sox maul Jays

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TORONTO — A big af­ter­noon from Mookie Betts helped the Red Sox sweep aside the struggling Blue Jays

Betts hit two home runs and matched a ca­reer-high with eight RBI as Bos­ton routed Toronto 15-1 on Sun­day. He went 4 for 6 as AL East-lead­ing Bos­ton won for the sixth time in seven games, com­plet­ing the three-game sweep.

He hit an RBI sin­gle in the sec­ond, a three-run homer in the fourth, a two-run blast in the sixth, and a two-run sin­gle in the sev­enth. It was the sec­ond mul­ti­homer game of the sea­son for Betts, who also hit two at Philadel­phia on June 14. Betts had eight RBI against Ari­zona on Aug. 14, 2016.

“When you get to the plate, you’re just ex­pect­ing a good pitch to hit and you’re ready for it,” Betts said. “To­day I was just more ready than other days.”

Drew Pomer­anz (8-4) pitched six in­nings for his third con­sec­u­tive road vic­tory. He al­lowed one run, im­prov­ing to 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA in his past 6 road starts. The left-han­der is un­beaten away from Fen­way Park since a May 9 loss at Mil­wau­kee.

“He’s been strong, he’s been very con­sis­tent,” Man­ager John Far­rell said.

Han­ley Ramirez had three hits, in­clud­ing a two-run homer, as the Red Sox col­lected a sea­son-high 21 hits.

Joe Bi­agini (2-8) took the loss as he was chased in the sixth in­ning by Betts’ sec­ond homer.

Af­ter go­ing 1-4 with a 5.88 ERA in 5 June starts, Bi­agini strug­gled again in his first July out­ing, al­low­ing sea­son-worsts of 10 hits and seven runs in 5 1-3 in­nings.

Sun­day’s games NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

Chicago Cubs 6, Cincin­nati 2 Philadel­phia 7, NY Mets 1 San Francisco 5, Pitts­burgh 3 Mi­ami 10, Mil­wau­kee 3 Ari­zona 4, Colorado 3

San Diego 5, LA Dodgers 3 Wash­ing­ton at St. Louis, (n)


Bos­ton 15, Toronto 1 Cleve­land 11, Detroit 8 Bal­ti­more 7, Tampa Bay 1 Chicago White Sox 6, Texas 5 Hous­ton 8, NY Yan­kees 1 Kansas City 6, Min­nesota 2 Seat­tle 5, LA An­gels 3


At­lanta 4, Oak­land 3 (12)

ASTROS 8, YAN­KEES 1 Yuli Gur­riel fin­ished a triple shy of the cy­cle, Car­los Cor­rea tied a ca­reer-high with four hits and had three RBI, and vis­it­ing Hous­ton handed New York its 14th

loss in 19 games. IN­DI­ANS 11, TIGERS 8 Jose Ramirez home­red twice, and vis­it­ing Cleve­land snapped Justin Ver­lan­der’s decade-long streak of games with at least one strike­out, chas­ing the Detroit star in the fourth in­ning. ORI­OLES 7, RAYS 1 Manny Machado hit a three-run homer, Kevin Gaus­man pitched seven in­nings of two-hit ball and host Bal­ti­more avoided a three-game sweep.

ROY­ALS 6, TWINS 2 Al­cides Es­co­bar had two hits and two RBI and Scott Alexan­der picked up his first ma­jor league vic­tory for host Kansas City.

WHITE SOX 6, RANGERS 5 Yolmer Sanchez hit a two-run home run with two outs in the eighth to rally host Chicago past Texas.


PHILLIES 7, METS 1 Nick Pivetta al­lowed one hit in seven im­pres­sive in­nings for his sec­ond ma­jor league vic­tory, and vis­it­ing Philadel­phia stopped the New York Mets’ four-game win­ning streak.

CUBS 6, REDS 2 Jake Ar­ri­eta pitched one-hit ball for seven in­nings with­out al­low­ing a stolen base, and Ian Happ home­red twice in the ball­park where he played as a col­lege star, lead­ing vis­it­ing Chicago past Cincin­nati. GIANTS 5, PI­RATES 3 Bran­don Belt started San Francisco’s come­back with an RBI sin­gle in a three-run sev­enth in­ning, then added a two-run homer in the eighth as the vis­it­ing Giants got their sea­son-high sixth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

MAR­LINS 10, BREW­ERS 3 Mar­cell Ozuna hit two home runs — the sec­ond mo­ments af­ter hav­ing his bat thrown out for hav­ing too much pine tar on it — and vis­it­ing Mi­ami beat Mil­wau­kee. The sticky sit­u­a­tion be­gan in the sev­enth, when Brew­ers sec­ond base­man Jonathan Vil­lar had his bat tossed from the game for the same is­sue by plate um­pire Hunter Wen­del­st­edt. Wen­del­st­edt also checked Ozuna’s bat to start the eighth and told him to get a new one. DI­A­MOND­BACKS 4, ROCK­IES 3 Ke­tel Marte lined a run-scor­ing sin­gle in the ninth in­ning and host Ari­zona over­came the first earned run al­lowed by Fer­nando Rod­ney in 21 games to beat the Colorado Rock­ies. PADRES 5, DODGERS 3 Jhoulys Chacin pitched five score­less in­nings, Manuel Mar­got home­red and drove in two runs, and host San Diego beat Los An­ge­les.


BRAVES 4, ATH­LET­ICS 3 Kurt Suzuki led off the 12th in­ning with his sec­ond home run of the game, lift­ing vis­it­ing At­lanta over Oak­land to com­plete a three-game sweep.

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