BALTIMORE -- With another five games to play at Camden Yards this season, Mookie Betts has already put on the best power display by any visiting player in the history of a venue that opened in 1992.Then again, the emerging barrage of home runs from the electrifying Betts has hardly
BALTIMORE -- With another five games to play at Camden Yards this season, Mookie Betts has already put on the best power display by any visiting player in the history of a venue that opened in 1992.
Then again, the emerging barrage of home runs from the electrifying Betts has hardly been limited to the 410 area code.
Betts destroyed the baseball while leading the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory over the Orioles on Tuesday night, belting the two homers that led to all of his team's runs.
In the five games Betts has played on the road against the Orioles this season, he's mashed seven home runs. The three multihomer games he has in Baltimore this season are more than even any Oriole has had in 2016.
"I'm just comfortable," said Betts. "I like it here in Baltimore, just hitting in this park and what not. Maybe that's the reason why."
After breaking a scoreless tie and ripping a three-run homer in the fifth, Betts came to the plate in the eighth with the game tied.
With the count 0-1 against Orioles righty Brad Brach, Belts got all of a 95-mph fastball and deposited it over the wall in left to put the Red Sox on top. It was a pennant-race moment in a game that allowed Boston to tie Baltimore for second place in the American League East while staying just a game behind the Jays.
This, on the heels of a three-homer, eight-RBI rampage against the D-backs on Sunday.
"Freakish," said Red Sox lefty reliever Robbie Ross Jr. "That's unbelievable. It's unreal. I got to see some guys like Nelson Cruz, and I was here actually when Josh Hamilton had those four home runs. That was sweet. But I've never seen anything like this where it was like night and day, boom, boom, boom. It was pretty special."
On the one-week anniversary of being moved out of the leadoff spot by manager John Farrell, Betts continues to demonstrate why he should hit in the production slots in the batting order.
Betts spent four games hitting third. But with Hanley Ramirez on the bereavement list, he has hit cleanup the past two games.
"He has not changed his approach in the four-hole," said Farrell. "He doesn't take on any added significance to the role or the spot in the lineup. He's in some kind of spot right now the way he's seeing the baseball, the way he's making such hard contact."
Betts probably never thought he would say this deep into a season that he'd have more home runs than David Ortiz. But right now, Betts leads his teammate, 28-27.
"It's fun," said Ortiz. "The kid has worked so hard to get better. Just watching him doing that is unbelievable."
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.