Mookie Betts homers three times as Red Sox rout Yankees

Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox followed up one rout with another, capitalizing as the New York Yankees’ starting pitchers faltered in historic fashion.

Betts homered in his first three at-bats off James Paxton and added an RBI double as the host Red Sox beat New York 10-5 on Friday night, pulling within nine games of the AL East-leading Yankees.

“I think now’s the time,” Betts said. “It’s getting later and we have to start stringing together some wins and we’re doing that.”

Betts homered on Paxton’s eighth pitch in a three-run first that included J.D. Martinez’s two-run homer, went deep again leading off the third for a 4-0 lead and hit a two-run drive in the fourth for a 7-0 advantage.

Betts added an RBI double in the sixth off David Hale to give him five RBIs. With his fifth career three-homer game, Betts raised his season total to 18 homers.

Batters have had three-homer games on four straight days for the first time in big-league history. Betts followed the New York Mets’ Robinson Cano, St. Louis’ Paul DeJong and Minnesota’s Nelson Cruz.

“It’s crazy just to see it once,” Betts said. “But I guess to see it four straight days, there’s a lot of good hitters out there, and they’re showing it.”

Andrew Cashner (10-5), coming off losses in his first two starts after Boston acquired him from Baltimore, allowed three runs and 10 hits in 6 ⅔ innings.

Martinez had three RBIs for the Red Sox, who won the opener of the four-game series 19-3. The Red Sox had 14 hits, giving them 37 in the first two games of the series.

Dodgers 4, Nationals 2: Justin Turner hit a two-out, three-run homer in the eighth inning and visiting Los Angeles beat Washington. Kenley Jansen walked home a run before striking out Howie Kendrick with the bases loaded to earn his 25th save.

Twins 6, White Sox 2: Cruz homered for the seventh time in his past five games and visiting Minnesota, in its 103rd game, became the fastest team to reach 200 homers in major-league history.

Cardinals 5, Astros 3: Paul Goldschmidt extended his homer streak to five games with a three-run drive in the eighth inning and host St. Louis took sole possession of first place in the NL Central.

Brewers 3, Cubs 2: Ben Gamel hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning as host Milwaukee dropped Chicago a game behind St. Louis in the NL Central.

Mariners 3, Tigers 2: Mallex Smith singled home Kyle Seager in the ninth to give host Seattle the victory.

Rockies 12, Reds 2: Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer and a three-run double to lead visiting Colorado over Cincinnati.

Rays 3, Blue Jays 1: Travis d’Arnaud hit a two-run single to help Ryan Yarbrough win his fourth straight decision for visiting Tampa Bay.

Braves 9. Phillies 2: Ronald Acuna Jr. had two hits and three RBIs, Brian McCann hit a solo homer and visiting Atlanta beat Philadelphia.

Marlins 3, Diamondbacks 2: Harold Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to lift host Miami.

Mets 6, Pirates 3: Zack Wheeler returned from the injured list to strike out seven over 5 ⅓ innings for host New York.

Indians 8, Royals 3: Jose Ramirez homered for the second consecutive game to help visiting Cleveland win.

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