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Home runs by Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts backed a 12-strikeout performance by Chris Sale as the Red Sox beat the Royals 10-5 at Kauffmann Stadium Friday night.

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Boston pushed across four runs in each of the first two innings to set the tone for what would be Sale's 100th career victory. The Red Sox lefty went six innings striking out an even dozen Royals. He scattered five hits and walked just one as he improved to 9-4 on the season.

Betts started the scoring with a leadoff home run, the 100th of his career, in the top of the first inning.

Every batter had at least one hit in Boston's 15-hit performance, led by Steve Pearce's three (which included a pair of doubles).

Reliever Tyler Thornburg threw an inning of relief; it was his first MLB appearance since October 2016. He allowed a run on one hit.

At 60-29, the Red Sox became the first team to reach the 60 win mark and are 31 games over .500.

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Jim Monaghan 7/07/2018 06:34:00 AM Edit
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