Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts' 2 solo home runs lift Red Sox past Rays

May 05, 2015 - 7:12 pm
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In a pitching duel between Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly on Tuesday, Mookie Betts was responsible for the only two runs of the game. He hit a pair of solo home runs over the Green Monster, one off of Smyly in the sixth inning and the other off of Ernesto Frieri in the eighth. Smyly had a no-hitter going and had allowed just two base runners up until Betts first home run. "I think it was a curveball or cutter or something that he threw, left it a little up and I put a pretty good swing on it," Betts said, adding: "He had been blowing fastballs by me all night, so I was just kind of ready for a fastball and he left another cutter up there and I was able to swing at it." The second homer came on Frieri's first pitch of his outing. "I was just first pitch, ready to go," Betts said. "I figured, you know, he'd try to get strike one, and I was going to be ready for that." The two home runs were the third and fourth of the season for Betts. The 22-year-old became the the youngest Red Sox player to hit two home runs in a game since Jim Rice did it twice in 1975. Betts' 2-for-4 game raised his season average to .234. He is currently riding a four-game hit streak and has hits in seven of his last eight games. "I've had a couple balls that didn't fall for me [earlier in the season] and then I've mixed in some bad at bats as well," Betts said. "But I feel like I'm close and I'm right where I want to be."

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