Mookie Betts Passes Ted Williams for Most 3-HR Games in Red Sox History

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2018

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 Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts made history Wednesday during his team's 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals

Betts tallied a hit in all four at-bats, and three of them were solo home runs. According to ESPN.com, Betts' fourth game with three long balls broke a tie with Ted Williams for the most in Red Sox history.

What's more, the 25-year-old right fielder—who started for the first time since Saturday because of hamstring tightness—became the first player in Major League Baseball history with three home runs in four different contests before turning 26 years old.

Wednesday marked Betts' third multi-home run game of the young 2018 season after he drilled three in an April 17 win against the Los Angeles Angels and added two in an April 25 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

He is setting the tone atop a potent Red Sox offense and slashing .365/.451/.823 with 11 home runs and 21 RBI.

As MLB shared, the two-time All-Star is leading the league in home runs:


What. A. Day. The new MLB leader in homers: @mookiebetts! https://t.co/q0bKQ8uiFA

He also turned the head of a power-hitting Boston legend in the process:

David Ortiz @davidortiz


Boston improved to 22-8 on the season with the win and is 2.5 games ahead of the second-place New York Yankees in the early going. The Red Sox are looking to win their third straight American League East crown, and it will be difficult for the Yankees and the rest of the division to top them if Betts continues to mash from the leadoff spot.