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Red Sox 6, Cardinals 3: Mookie Betts does it all in win to open road trip

05.16.17 at 11:36 pm ET
Mookie Betts homered to leadoff Tuesday's game. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

Mookie Betts homered to leadoff Tuesday’s game. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

Many of the Red Sox have been in slumps of late, but not Mookie Betts.

The right fielder took home American League Player of the Week honors last week when he batted .375 with three home runs, and he picked up where he left off Tuesday night in St. Louis when he led the Red Sox to a 6-3 win over the Cardinals.

For a complete game recap, click here.

Betts wasted no time, as he blasted a leadoff home run to start the game. It was his 10th career leadoff home run, which ties the Red Sox’ all-time record (Jacoby Ellsbury).

The right fielder wasn’t done there, as he drove in the tying run at the time (3-3) in the fifth inning on a RBI ground out. The right fielder also made a tremendous play by throwing out Matt Carpenter at second base when he tried to extend a single into a double in the bottom half of the inning.

Carpenter ripped a liner down the line that kicked off the wall halfway out to the fence, Betts tracked it down and fired a strike to get him at second base to end the inning. If Carpenter got to second base he would have been the tying run.

Overall, Betts went 1-for-5 with two RBIs, but he had a much bigger impact on the game than the stat line indicates. With the bulk of the Red Sox lineup in a funk (finishing with only six hits in the game), Betts’ play of late could not have come at a better time.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is one of those players slumping, but he showed signs of coming out of it in the win.

The center fielder went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and a walk. It’s worth noting both these hits were to the opposite field, a sign he’s much more locked in than he has been in recent weeks.

The Red Sox are only two games over .500 and that is primarily because of some of their top hitters underperforming. After a slow start to the season Betts has picked it up of late, and the Red Sox need some of their other key hitters to follow.

Shattering Perceptions Game Note Image

The Cardinals scored one of their runs on a sacrifice fly caught by Xander Bogaerts off the bat of Carpenter. Thanks to Baseball Reference Play Index, it was 134th sac fly fielded by a shortstop in the MLB since 1970 and Carpenter is the only batter with three of them (h/t @nuggetpalooza).

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