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Devers upstages Betts' 13th HR with two shots

Young slugger smacks pair of laser home runs off countryman Colon
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ARLINGTON -- It isn't often these days that a Red Sox player upstages the ridiculously hot Mookie Betts in the home run department.

But that's what happened Friday night at Globe Life Park, when the 21-year-old Rafael Devers hit a pair of solo lasers against an opposing pitcher and fellow countryman more than twice his age in Bartolo Colon to highlight a 5-1 victory over the Rangers.

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ARLINGTON -- It isn't often these days that a Red Sox player upstages the ridiculously hot Mookie Betts in the home run department.

But that's what happened Friday night at Globe Life Park, when the 21-year-old Rafael Devers hit a pair of solo lasers against an opposing pitcher and fellow countryman more than twice his age in Bartolo Colon to highlight a 5-1 victory over the Rangers.

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Betts also went deep because, well, of course he did. The right fielder's solo shot in the sixth was his Major League-leading 13th of the season, fifth in the last three games, seventh in the last eight games and 11th in the last 14 games.

Video: BOS@TEX: Betts crushes his 13th homer to left-center

J.D. Martinez was the first to clear the fence Friday, albeit barely, giving the Red Sox four homers in the game, all against Colon, and all solo shots.

You can be sure, though, that nobody enjoyed his trots around the bases more than Devers, who was five months old when Colon threw his first Major League pitch back in 1997.

Video: BOS@TEX: Martinez launches a solo shot to left

Told by a reporter he was a baby when Colon started his career, an awe-struck Devers gleamed, "I know!"

In truth, it meant quite a bit for the powerful third baseman to face the 44-year-old Colon for the first time.

"Yeah, of course. As someone who loves baseball as much as I do, I definitely watched all of the games on TV growing up, and he's one of the big stars that I would watch growing up," Devers said. "To be honest, he was something of a phenom in the [Dominican Republic] and a superstar in my eyes. I was happy just to face him."

Colon, meanwhile, probably doesn't mind that he won't face Devers again until July at the earliest.

The first homer by Devers came in the top of the fifth, and it was a screamer, leaving his bat at 111.6 mph and traveling a projected distance of 427 feet, according to Statcast™.

"His talent is unreal," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "He gets a changeup down in the zone -- the one he missed in the previous at-bat -- and he hits a laser to right-center, and that's why you love the kid."

Tweet from @RedSox: We like our homers in multiples. pic.twitter.com/b3A2JornEn

Devers did it again in the seventh, this time with a 104.4-mph rocket that traveled 415 feet for his sixth homer of the season.

"It's great," said Betts. "He's been swinging the bat really well. Unfortunately, they've been kind of going at people, but they can't catch them when they go over the fence."

Betts should know, given that he is the ultimate fence-clearer this season.

"I don't even know what to say anymore," Cora said. "[Betts] goes out there with a plan and executes it. He's in a good spot right now, and it's fun to watch. I've played with some great hitters, great players. See him doing it and enjoying it and not afraid to show a smile, that's what it's all about.

"When you feel that confident, why not? I think the fans love that to see him smiling and enjoy the game."

The same can be said of Devers, who seldom seems to go more than a few minutes without a smile.

Maybe Devers gets some of that care-free attitude from watching the affable Colon.

"Yeah, he enjoys it," Devers said of Colon. "It's something that he's got that personality that you don't let anything get to you, and that's how I want to be. I want to play this game, have fun. It's the only thing we know how to do, so that's why it's important to have that attitude."

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

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