Boston’s Betts blasts 3 more home runs

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BOSTON >> Mookie Betts heard the name Ted Wil­liams, and that was enough for him.

Betts belted three solo homers and J.D. Martinez also went deep, pow­er­ing the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 vic­tory over the Kansas City Roy­als on Wed­nes­day. It was the fourth three-homer game for the 25-year-old Betts, snap­ping a tie with Wil­liams for most three-homer games in fran­chise his­tory. Betts broke into the ma­jors with the Red Sox in 2014, so he was well aware of the sig­nif­i­cance of the con­nec­tion to the Hall of Famer.

“It’s pretty cool,” Betts said. “He hit .400 in a year and did a whole bunch of things I haven’t done. Just to know my name is amongst his is pretty cool.”

Betts also hit three homers in a 10-1 vic­tory at the An­gels on April 17. He is the first player in ma­jor league his­tory with four three-homer games be­fore turn­ing 26, ac­cord­ing to STATS.

“We’re try­ing to shut them down just to get Mookie an­other at-bat,” Red Sox starter Drew Pomer­anz said, smil­ing. “When he gets go­ing like that, that’s pretty cool.”

AL East-lead­ing Boston won for the third time in four games af­ter los­ing 7-6 in 13 in­nings on Tues­day night.

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Boston’s Mookie Betts was drenched in a sports drink af­ter a 5-4 vic­tory over Kansas City on Wed­nes­day.

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