Betts on the mark (8 RBI) as Red Sox maul Jays
RED SOX 15, BLUE JAYS 1
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.