Diamondbacks - 000 100 010 - 2 7 1 Red Sox - 270 160 00x - 16 19 2Mookie Betts hit three home runs and drove in a career-best eight runs. It was Betts's second three-HR game of the season; he also went deep three times on May 31 in Baltimore. The only other hitter in Red Sox history to have multiple three-HR games in one season is Ted Williams (1957: May 8 at Chicago and June 13 at Cleveland).
The Red Sox set a season-high in runs in winning the afternoon contest and sweeping the three-game series against Arizona (last in the NL West). Boston sent ten men to the plate in the second inning and quickly put the game out of reach against Zack Greinke, who recorded only five outs while giving up 10 hits and nine runs.
Betts crushed a two-run shot to left in the first (that sailed out of Fenway Park), a three-run blast into the Monster Seats in the second, and a three-run dong to left in the fifth. He also singled and scored in the fourth to end the day 4-for-5, with a career-best four runs scored. (In his other at-bats, he flied to right in the sixth and grounded to third in the eighth.)
In his first four plate appearances, Betts saw 10 pitches and swung at four of them:
1st: Ball, Ball, Home RunBetts and David Ortiz are now tied for the team lead in home runs, with 26. Betts has 84 RBI this year, second to Ortiz (90).
2nd: Ball, Ball, Home Run
4th: Ball, Single
5th: Ball, Home Run
Dustin Pedroia went 5-for-6 and scored three times. It was the fifth five-hit game of Pedroia's career - which is the most of any Red Sox hitter in history - and second of 2016.
Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a double. ... Jackie Bradley homered and drove in three runs. ... Andrew Benintendi singled, doubled, and walked. ... Rick Porcello was sharp and economical: 7-3-1-0-4, 80.