Mookie Betts is making a habit out of three-home run games after leading the Boston Red Sox to a crushing 16-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in MLB on Sunday.
The Red Sox outfielder had a career day against the Diamondbacks, hitting three homers and driving in a career-high eight runs to power Boston's rout.
Betts, who also had a three-homer game on May 31 against the Baltimore Orioles, hit a two-run shot in the first inning, and a three-run homer in the second. He added a three-run home run in the fifth.
The 23-year-old also added a single and scored to finish four-for-six with four runs scored.
In San Francisco, the Orioles rallied to beat the Giants 8-7 at AT&T Park.
The Orioles overturned a six-run deficit, scoring seven runs in the final three innings to see off the Giants, thanks to Matt Wieters' two-out three-run homer in the ninth inning.
Michael Fulmer had his first career shutout as the Detroit Tigers blanked the Texas Rangers 7-0, the Tampa Bay Rays eased past the New York Yankees 12-3, Steven Matz flirted with a no-hitter in the New York Mets' 5-1 victory against the San Diego Padres and the Toronto Blue Jays claimed a series-sealing 9-2 win over the Houston Astros.
The Pittsburgh Pirates used a five-run first inning to see off the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-3, the Kansas City Royals were too good for the Minnesota Twins 11-4, the Atlanta Braves lost 9-1 to the Washington Nationals, the Miami Marlins edged the Chicago White Sox 5-4 and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels by the same scoreline.
Ryan Braun starred as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3, the Oakland Athletics went down 8-4 to the Seattle Mariners, the Philadelphia Phillies trumped the Colorado Rockies 7-6, while the St Louis Cardinals prevailed 6-4 against the Chicago Cubs.
MATZ FLIRTS WITH NO-HITTER
On a day when Betts crushed three home runs and drove in eight, it would be easy to overlook Matz's great performance against the Padres. The Mets left-hander no-hit the Padres through more than seven innings, before shortstop Alexei Ramirez lined a single down the right-field line. After that, Terry Collins lifted Matz, who had already thrown 105 pitches. Matz is now 9-8 on the season, with a 3.40 ERA.
SCHOOP LIFTS ORIOLES
With the Orioles trailing 7-5 heading into the ninth, Schoop emerged to hit a three-run homer with two outs as Baltimore won their series against the Giants.
JUDGE ON FORM AS HARPER RETURNS
Aaron Judge homered again on Sunday against the Rays, giving him home runs in each of his first two MLB games. Given the franchise's rich history, it is surprising only one other Yankee (Joe Lefebvre in 1980) has ever homered in his first two big-league games.
Nationals star Bryce Harper, meanwhile, returned to action after missing five games with a stiff neck.
RED SOX AND INDIANS PLAY CATCH-UP
Monday's make-up game from an April 7 postponement spoils an off-day for the players. Right-hander Josh Tomlin (11-5, 4.18) has struggled in his last two starts (14 earned runs in 8.2 innings). The Red Sox starter is TBA. The Pirates, meanwhile, are at the Giants, with Ryan Vogelsong back in San Francisco and on the mound for Pittsburgh.