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Betts Blasts 2 Homers as Sox Crush A’s

  • Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts, right, is congratulated by Hanley Ramirez after his two run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts heads down the first base line on his two RBI triple during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts, right, blows a kiss towards the stands as he crosses home plate on his two run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. At left is Oakland Athletics catcher Dustin Garneau. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez is congratulated by teammates after completing his outing in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Rodriguez allowed one run on one hit over six innings. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts celebrates after his two run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea walks back up the mound as Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts rounds the bases on his two run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia is congratulated after scoring on a triple by Mookie Betts during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. hits off the wall as the ball bounces away on an RBI double by Oakland Athletics' Jed Lawrie during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)



AP Sports Writer
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Boston — Mookie Betts hit two home runs and a two-run triple, and the Boston Red Sox rolled past the Oakland Athletics, 11-1, on Tuesday night.

The Red Sox, winners of five of their last six, pushed their American League East lead back to four games over the Yankees following New York’s loss to 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay.

Betts went 3 for 5 with six RBIs. He’s driven in three runs or more in a team-high 11 games.

The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the A’s, who scored 41 runs in a four-game sweep of the AL West-leading Houston Astros. They managed just one run and one hit off Eduardo Rodriguez (5-5), who struck out nine over six innings.

In his second career start at Fenway Park, Sean Manaea (10-10) was pulled after giving up seven earned runs on 11 hits in 3⅔ innings.

Last season, he allowed eight runs over 2⅔ innings in Boston.

The Red Sox scored at least nine runs for the third time in four games.

Boston blew the game open with a five-run second inning, getting RBI singles from Xander Bogaerts, Christian Vazquez and Dustin Pedroia before Betts cleared the bases with his triple.

Trainer’s Room

Red Sox INF Eduardo Nunez Farrell will be out “at least another week,” manager John Farrell said. Nunez suffered a bruised right knee on a headfirst slide on Saturday and has experienced tightness and swelling.

An MRI revealed a sprain, but it was “not MCL or ACL-related,” Farrell said.

Up Next

Athletics: RHP Jharel Cotton (7-10, 5.82 ERA) is slated to make his first career start against the Red Sox.

Red Sox: RHP Doug Fister (5-7) is 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his last four starts.