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Betts powers Bosox past O's

Mookie Betts celebrates with Xander Bogaerts after hitting a three-run homer in the fifth, his first of two in the game.

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Mookie Betts celebrates with Xander Bogaerts after hitting a three-run homer in the fifth, his first of two in the game.

BALTIMORE — Mookie Betts homered twice and drove in five runs, helping the Red Sox beat the Orioles 5-3 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.

Betts hit a three-run drive in the fifth inning and added a tiebreaking two-run shot in the seventh. He's batting .426 with 12 homers and 18 RBIs in 11 games against the Orioles this season.

Betts had three homers and eight RBIs in a 16-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Boston moved into a tie with Baltimore in the AL East, a game behind the Blue Jays.

BLUE JAYS 12, YANKEES 6: Russell Martin homered twice for visiting Toronto, which scored all its runs against New York's bullpen after a rain delay in the fifth inning to erase a 6-0 deficit. Rookie Gary Sanchez homered twice for the Yankees and has four in six games.

ROYALS 6, TIGERS 1: Danny Duffy allowed one run in 72/3 innings and Kansas City hit four homers to hand host Detroit its seventh loss in nine games.

INDIANS 3, WHITE SOX 1: Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber pitched six strong innings, and host Cleveland beat Chicago for the seventh straight time.

REDS 6, MARLINS 3: Tucker Barnhart's first career grand slam capped a five-run first inning for host Cincinnati.

CUBS 4, BREWERS 0, GAME 1: Trevor Cahill came off the disabled list to pitch five two-hit innings for host Chicago in his first start in nearly 16 months.

DODGERS 15, PHILLIES 5: Chase Utley got curtain calls after each of his two home runs, including a grand slam, in his first game in Philadelphia since last season's trade to Los Angeles.

Around the league

ASTROS: Minor-league outfielder Danry Vasquez was placed on administrative leave after his arrest on suspicion of assault family violence.

BRAVES: Top prospect Dansby Swanson will be called up today from Double-A Mobile. The shortstop, the first overall pick in the 2015 draft by the Diamondbacks, was acquired in a December trade that sent right-hander Shelby Miller to Arizona. Atlanta cleared room by trading shortstop Erick Aybar to the Tigers.

CARDINALS: Leftfielder Matt Holliday will have surgery today to stabilize the fracture in his right thumb and could miss the rest of the season. Right-hander Seth Maness will have season-ending Tommy John surgery Thursday.

RANGERS: DH Shin-Soo Choo will have surgery to insert a plate near the break in his left wrist and forearm and is likely to miss the rest of the season.

TIGERS: First baseman Miguel Cabrera sat out with a left biceps strain.

YANKEES: Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will have Tommy John surgery for the second time and is unlikely to pitch again until 2018.

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