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Betts, Martinez HRs get BoSox by Braves

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BOSTON (AP) Mookie Betts hit his major-league leading 17th home run, J.D. Martinez slugged his 16th homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Friday night hours after a surprising roster shakeup.

Boston got its fifth win in six games shortly after announcing it had designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment. The move freed up a roster spot for Dustin Pedroia to be activated from the DL, and also created the chance for regular playing time at first base for Mitch Moreland, who had a solo homer in the eighth.

The Red Sox fared fine without Ramirez, the struggling slugger they signed to an $88 million, four-year deal before the 2015 season. Xander Bogaerts also had a solo homer as Boston converted big time on its seven hits.

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AL Home Runs
Rank Name HR
1 M. Betts, Bos16
2t M. Machado, Bal15
2t J. Martinez, Bos15
2t M. Trout, LAA15
5t J. Gallo, Tex14
5t J. Ramírez, Cle14
7t K. Davis, Oak13
7t A. Judge, NYY13
9t F. Lindor, Cle12
9t G. Sánchez, NYY12
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NL Home Runs
Rank Name HR
1 B. Harper, Was15
2 O. Albies, Atl14
3t C. Blackmon, Col12
3t T. Shaw, Mil12
3t C. Villanueva, SD12
6t M. Adams, Was11
6t J. Báez, ChC11
6t B. Belt, SF11
6t A. Pollock, Ari11
10 T. Story, Col10
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