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Betts hits two home runs to power Red Sox past Blue Jays

Fred Thornhill | AP
Fred Thornhill | AP
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez gets a hug from teammate Hanley Ramirez as he waits for his manager to take him out of the game in the seventh inning baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday.

TORONTO — Mookie Betts homered twice and drove in three runs as the Boston Red Sox snapped their season-high three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Boston improved to 6-1 in one-run games and got their 18th win of the season, tying the franchise record for victories before May 1.

Betts got the Red Sox on the scoreboard with leadoff homer in the first — his third such shot of the season — over the left-field fence. He then put the Red Sox in front for good in the seventh, taking reliever Danny Barnes (1-1) deep over the right-field wall for his eighth homer of the season, an opposite-field, two-run shot that also drove in Brock Holt.

Betts now has six home runs and seven RBIs in his last seven games, and has reached base in each of his last 19 games against the Blue Jays.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez (3-0) gave up three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings — his longest outing of the season. Boston has won all of his four starts this season.

One night after giving up a walk-off home run to Curtis Granderson, closer Craig Kimbrel worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his sixth save of the season.

Aaron Sanchez lasted six innings for the Blue Jays, giving up just three hits and two runs, while striking out eight.

Yangervis Solarte hit his sixth home run of the season into the second deck of left field in the sixth inning to give Toronto its only lead of the game at 3-2.

After falling behind in the first on Betts’ first homer, the Blue Jays took advantage of a fielding error to tie the score as Rafael Devers’s errant throw to first baseman Hanley Ramirez allowed Steve Pearce to scurry home from second.

The Red Sox jumped back in front in the fifth inning. After Sanchez walked the first batter and hit the second, Holt then struck a drive to left field, scoring Jackie Bradley Jr.

After Lourdes Gurriel Jr. singled and stole second in the bottom half, Pearce dropped a hit into shallow left field, allowing the rookie to score and tie it 2-2.

Solarte then crushed the first pitch he saw from Rodriguez into the second deck in left field one inning later.

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