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He's listed as day-to-day. Betts is slashing.370/.449/.850 with 12 home runs, 25 RBIs and 33 runs scored, while Martinez is hitting.345/.392/.584 with six homers, 24 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

"Well, that was obviously a great performance", manager Alex Cora said after Betts went 4-for-4 to raise his batting average to.365. "It hit him in the flawless spot, so he wanted to keep going and I'm like, 'nah.' He had it throughout the arm, but he got the feeling back".

Shortstop Profar initially slipped while picking up the ball hit by Benintendi and took a few nonchalant steps.

Betts connected again in the fifth, sending a drive just inside the left-field foul pole into the Green Monster seats. He shook his right arm while walking back toward the dugout with first-base coach Tom Goodwin, conferred briefly with Boston staff members and headed for the clubhouse.

For a hitter who had nearly exclusively shown his pop to his left side, Betts said at the time that he was pleased to see "how to use my strength instead of just going off ability".

Betts' three-homer game was the fourth of his career, allowing him to supplant Ted Williams for the most games with three home runs in team history. He entered as a defensive replacement in a 7-6, 13-inning loss to the Royals on Tuesday and belted three home runs in a 5-4 getaway day victory over Kansas City on Wednesday.

The win allowed the Red Sox to even the four-game series with the Rangers, which continues Saturday when Boston sends left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (3-0, 4.78 ERA) to the mound to oppose Rangers' left-hander Cole Hamels (1-4, 4.08). Claudio jammed Benintendi with a sinker, but he lobbed the pitch over the left side of the infield.

"I was slow because it was so exciting", Martinez said. He might be pulling off a little bit, just a tick, but it's not like he's taking awkward swings against them.

Porcello has been lights out for the most part, but the Rangers have fared decently against him in the past (4.74 ERA over the past three seasons). "It's still really early, a lot of things can happen, but I think it's just kind of coming from the guys around me", said Betts. "He's doing an outstanding job being ready to hit from the get-go and setting the tempo for the team". The Red Sox have been alone atop the division since April 1.

Boston's offensive production been led by Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez, who collectively have launched 18 home runs.

Boston right fielder Mookie Betts returned from a brief absence and picked up right where he left off, to the extent that his hot streak is reaching historic levels.

"It's a work in progress", Cora said.

"A couple of mistakes that got us", manager Jeff Banister said. He's also got the patience to wait out a hanging curve ball and get on top of high heat out of the strike zone to launch the long ball, all of which were on display yesterday. Betts also had a two-run double and a sacrifice fly as the Red Sox opened an 11-day, 10-game trip.


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