BOSTON – The reigning American League MVP and Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts scored three goals in four innings against the New York Yankees on Friday night, contributing to a 10-5 victory.
Betts ended the evening 4-for-5 with five RBIs and four runs.
He led the game with a towering homer over the Green Monster in front of Yankees starter James Paxton, followed by a line shot over the monster in the third inning and another in the fourth. Betts' three-homer game was his fourth from the start, and Alfonso Soriano was the best in MLB history. Betts became the eighth player in MLB history with five three-homer games and joined such greats as Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Carlos Delgado and Joe Carter.
"It was a long year," Betts said after the game. "Obviously not the same as last year, but you have to roll the punches, today was a good day, I have to get ready for tomorrow."
With two chances to score a fourth home run, Betts doubled in the sixth inning to ride in Michael Chavis, and dropped out in the eighth. Betts said he had not thought much about the opportunity to meet his fourth homer.
"Not much," Betts said, "but in my last attempt, I might as well make a try."
Before Friday's game, Betts met with a child from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, ten-year-old Nico Sapienza, who asked him to start a homerun for him.
"I'm glad he did It did come, "Betts said." He's our lucky charm. He is a great kid. I think he and his family had fun with BP. If I can use the platform, I have to make people smile, then I know I did something well.
"It was a great day for him to show him around and meet everyone," Manager Alex Cora said. "I know Mookie feels good about what happened. I do not know if he promised anything, but if he promised, it was a great night for all involved. "
The trio of Homer von Betts was the fourth day in a row at which one Player completed three home runs, including Mets second baseman Robinson Cano on Tuesday, Cardinal's shortstop Paul DeJong on Wednesday and Twins DH Nelson Cruz on Thursday.
That extended the MLB record to three-homers for most consecutive days. Game According to Elias Sports Bureau, for the first time in Major League history, Cruz played a three-homer game on three consecutive days when Cruz met on the third Thursday.
Betts & # 39; Three Homer match was 15th in MLB This season saw 14 of them in the last two seasons.
Betts is the fourth Red Sox player to play a three-homer game at Fenway Park against the Yankees, along with Steve Pearce (2018) and Kevin Millar (2004). and Mo Vaughn (1997). No player has ever beaten four homeruns in a game against the Yankees.