Drew Butera

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

Mookie Betts heard the name Ted Williams, and that was enough for him.

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, snapping a tie with Williams for most three-homer games in franchise history. Betts broke into the majors with the Red Sox in 2014, so he was well aware of the significance of the connection to the Hall of Famer.

"It's pretty cool," Betts said. "He hit .400 in a year and did a whole bunch of things I haven't done. Just to know my name is amongst his is pretty...

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