Mookie Betts went deep three times in a game for the second time this season. He wasted no time making his presence felt in his first start since Saturday, walloping homers in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings to help the Red Sox beat the Royals, 5-4, at Fenway Park.
Betts, who hit three homers against the Angels on April 17, passed Ted Williams for the most three-homer games in Red Sox history with four. The 25-year-old also became the first player to have four three-homer games in his career before age 26.
After being shut down the first three innings by Royals lefty Danny Duffy, the Sox got a big swing from Betts to lead off the fourth.
His rocket to left-center went over everything. The drive had a projected distance of 452 feet -- the longest homer Betts has hit since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015.
Betts, who was out of action due to right hamstring tightness, slimmed Kansas City's lead to 3-1.
And in the fifth, Betts was at it again, lofting one down the line in left that just stayed fair to give the Red Sox a 4-3 lead. It was No. 10 on the season for the star right fielder. Betts drilled a single in his first at-bat, leading off the bottom of the first.
Betts went deep to center in the seventh, hitting a solo shot for his 11th homer of the year to take over the MLB lead.