Red Sox Double Up Royals 10-5
Mookie Betts hit his 100th career home run, Chris Sale won his 100th career game and the Boston Red Sox doubled up the Kansas City Royals Friday night 10-5.
The Red Sox hit 3 homers, with Betts leading off the game to give the Sox a 1-0 lead. By the time that JD Martinez hit his league leading 27th homer, a 2 run shot and Xander Bogaerts hit his 14th homer, another 2 run shot, the Red Sox were leading 8-0 after 2 innings and never looked back.
Chris Sale went 6.0 innings, leaving with a 8-1 lead. He allowed 5 hits, 1 run, struck out 12 and walked just 1. Sale's record is now 9-4.
Tyler Thornburg made his Red Sox debut, pitching the 7th inning allowing 1 hit and 1 run
The Red Sox banged out 15 hits. Steve Pearce playing 1B, had 3 hits including 2 doubles. Andrew Benintendi, Martinez and Brock Holt each had 2 hits.
The Red Sox win, combined with the New York Yankees 6-2 loss to Toronto means Boston is 2 games ahead of the Yankees in 1st place. The Red Sox's record is now 60-29 and they have won 4 games in a row.
The Red Sox will play the middle game of the 3 game series with the Royals Saturday night, with the pregame starting at 6:30 and 1st pitch at 7:15. After getting shelled by the Yankees in his last start, David Price looks to bounce back for the Red Sox on the mound.