Betts (two HRs, six RBI) has big night as Red Sox rout A's
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 RBI. 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 3.2 innings. Last season, he allowed eight runs over 2.2 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.
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.
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.
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