Betts Bashes Two Home Runs To Lift Boston Over Baltimore

By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer

       BALTIMORE (AP) – Mookie Betts homered twice and drove in five runs, helping the resurgent Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.

        Betts hit a three-run drive in the fifth inning and added a tiebreaking two-run shot in the seventh. He’s batting .426 with 12 homers and 18 RBIs in 11 games against the Orioles this season.

        Betts had three homers and eight RBIs in a 16-2 win over Arizona on Sunday.

        The victory lifted Boston into a tie with Baltimore in the AL East. The Orioles started the day atop the division by .001 over Toronto, which played a late game against the Yankees.

        Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez had a no-hitter before leaving in the fifth inning with left hamstring tightness. Matt Barnes kept the Orioles hitless until Steve Pearce reached on a dribbler that got past the mound with one out in the seventh.

        Brad Brach (7-2) allowed Betts’ second homer.

        Brad Ziegler (1-3) got his first win since being acquired from the Diamondbacks, and Craig Kimbrel got his 21st save.  

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