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Mookie reclaims MLB homer lead from Trout

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ARLINGTON -- Hardly travel weary, Red Sox star right fielder Mookie Betts continued his power surge on Thursday night at Globe Life Park by reclaiming the Major League lead in homers with No. 12 -- a solo shot with two outs in the top of the third inning in an 11-5 loss to the Rangers.

For good measure, Betts added a sacrifice fly and a two-run double for a four-RBI night.

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ARLINGTON -- Hardly travel weary, Red Sox star right fielder Mookie Betts continued his power surge on Thursday night at Globe Life Park by reclaiming the Major League lead in homers with No. 12 -- a solo shot with two outs in the top of the third inning in an 11-5 loss to the Rangers.

For good measure, Betts added a sacrifice fly and a two-run double for a four-RBI night.

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This, coming one day after Betts thrilled the fans at Fenway Park in a 5-4 win over the Royals with his second three-homer game of the season.

Video: BOS@TEX: Betts plates 2 with a double to left field

Thanks to Betts, the Red Sox had something to smile about on an otherwise tough night.

"At least we can talk about that, that's good for me," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "It seems like even his misses are fun to watch."

Betts entered the day tied with Angels superstar Mike Trout for the lead in homers. Trout was the player Betts finished second to in the race for the American League's Most Valuable Player Award in 2016.

"I'm just hitting the ball hard and it's going over, and I'm trying to put together some good at-bats," Betts said.

The numbers are staggering so far aside from just the homers. Betts is slashing .370/.449/.850 and has 33 runs, 37 hits, 85 total bases, and 12 doubles.

Not only that, but Betts is leading by his actions. Cora noticed the outfielder's competitive fire in the dugout and in the batter's box in the late stages of a one-sided game.

Video: BOS@TEX: Betts plates Nunez with a sacrifice fly

"The last at-bat, he doesn't give it away," Cora said. "Out of all the things he's done the last few days, in a game like that, he doesn't give that at-bat away. And you can hear him in the dugout pulling for his teammates, 'Hey don't give it away, don't give it away', and that's cool to see. I'm glad he got that double, and got two steaks there. He's fun to watch."

With the Red Sox trailing, 2-0, in the opener of a four-game series and 10-game road trip, Betts got a 2-0 fastball from Mike Minor on the lower, outside portion of the zone and hammered it to left for his solo shot in the third.

According to Statcast™, the drive had an exit velocity of 108.5 mph and traveled a projected distance of 413 feet. The homer was the fourth for Betts in five plate appearances.

"That's essentially how you do well," said Betts. "You just can't ever give at-bats away. You never know what can happen and you can come back and win a game. It's just not giving away any at-bats and putting together some good ones, so I think it's just my mindset of not trying to give any away."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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