Betts homers 3 times as Red Sox beat Royals 5-4

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts celebrates at the dugout after hitting his third home run of the game in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park, Wednesday, May 2, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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BOSTON (AP) -- Mookie Betts belted three solo homers and J.D. Martinez also went deep, powering the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

It was the fourth three-homer game for the 25-year-old Betts, who snapped a tie with Hall of Famer Ted Williams for most three-homer games in franchise history. Betts also became the first player in major league history with four three-homer games before turning 26, according to STATS.

AL East-leading Boston won for the third time in four games after losing 7-6 in 13 innings on Tuesday night.

Cheslor Cuthbert homered for Kansas City, and Drew Butera had a two-run double. The Royals were trying for consecutive wins for just the second time this season.