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Mookie Betts launches home run to snap Red Sox scoreless streak

ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 16: Boston Red Sox' Mookie Betts (50) at bat during the ninth inning of a baseball game. The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 May 16, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire)
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The Boston Red Sox had gone 24 consecutive innings without scoring a run, until Mookie Betts stepped to the plate against Masahiro Tanaka in the third inning on Sunday night. Boston’s lone offensive representative at the All-Star Game took matters into his own hands and took Tanaka deep for the first time in his career.

With Boston having lost their first game of the season on Saturday after leading entering the ninth inning, followed by their shutout in Game 1 of the doubleheader on Sunday, Betts’ blast comes at a key time, with the AL East division lead sitting at 2.5 games coming into play.

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