BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts hit three home runs and drove in a career-best eight runs and Dustin Pedroia collected five hits to power the Boston Red Sox to a 16-2 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Rick Porcello became the first Red Sox pitcher in 70 years to open a season 12-0 at Fenway Park, improving his overall record to 16-3 as Boston completed a three-game sweep of Arizona.
For Betts, it was the right-fielder’s second three homer game of the season. He hit three against Baltimore on May 31.
Jackie Bradley Jr. chipped in with a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who closed a six-game homestand at 4-2.
What was billed as a marquee pitching matchup turned into a rout early when Zack Greinke (11-4) was tagged for three homers and nine runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Porcello allowed one run on three hits over seven innings and became the first Boston pitcher since Dave “Boo” Ferriss to begin a year by winning his first 12 decisions in Fenway.
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