BOSTON -- Mookie Betts hit three home runs and drove in a career-best eight runs and Dustin Pedroia collected five hits to power the Boston Red Sox to a 16-2 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Rick Porcello became the first Red Sox pitcher in 70 years to open a season 12-0 at Fenway Park, improving his overall record to 16-3 as Boston completed a three-game sweep of Arizona.
For Betts, it was the right-fielder's second three homer game of the season. He hit three against Baltimore on May 31.
Jackie Bradley Jr. chipped in with a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who closed a six-game homestand at 4-2.
What was billed as a marquee pitching matchup turned into a rout early when Zack Greinke (11-4) was tagged for three homers and nine runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Porcello allowed one run on three hits over seven innings and became the first Boston pitcher since Dave "Boo" Ferriss to begin a year by winning his first 12 decisions in Fenway (see full story).
Matz takes no-hit bid into 8th, Mets beat Padres 5-1
NEW YORK -- Steven Matz carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and the New York Mets won consecutive games for the first time in more than a month, beating the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Sunday.
Alexei Ramirez slapped a one-out single over first base on Matz's 105th and final pitch in 96-degree heat at Citi Field. Wilmer Flores and Neil Walker homered for the Mets, who took two of three in the series.
Struggling to stay close in the wild-card race, the defending NL champions (59-58) hadn't strung together two wins since July 6-7 against Miami and Washington.
Facing the Padres for the first time, Matz (9-8) won for only the second time in nine decisions over his past 14 starts. The rookie left-hander, a hometown favorite who grew up about 50 miles from Citi Field, struck out eight and walked two. He fanned All-Star slugger Wil Myers all three times.
The only Mets pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Johan Santana in June 2012 against St. Louis.
Flores and Walker connected for solo shots off lefty Clayton Richard (0-2) (see full story).
Longoria has 4 RBIs as Rays rout youthful Yankees 12-3
NEW YORK -- Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer off Luis Severino, Evan Longoria added a three-run double against Luis Cessa to cap a six-run fourth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays rolled to a 12-3 rout Sunday of the New York Yankees
Longoria had an RBI double in the first and singled in the seventh, finishing the three-game series 7 for 11 with six RBIs.
Logan Forsythe hit a second-inning solo shot and Dickerson's homer put the Rays ahead 5-1. Nick Franklin capped the offense with a three-run homer off Cessa in a four-run seventh as the last-place Rays stopped a three-game losing streak
Jake Odorizzi (7-5) won his fourth straight decision, allowing three runs and five hits in six innings.
Severino (1-8) allowed seven runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings, leaving him with a 7.19 ERA. He was demoted to the minor leagues immediately after the game, the third time this year he was optioned.
The Yankees started eight players 26 years old or younger for the first time in 49 years (see full story).