Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman would have had a pretty good night if the Boston Red Sox had chosen to give outfielder Mookie Betts the evening off.

Betts greeted Gausman with a leadoff home run in the first inning and followed that up with a three-run home run in the second. Before he was through, he delivered the first three-homer performance of his major league career as the Red Sox defeated the Orioles, 6-2, before 17,664 at Camden Yards.

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For an encore, Betts made a truly spectacular diving, sliding catch to rob Paul Janish of a hit in the bottom of the seventh inning that will be showing up on highlight videos for years to come.

Gausman followed up Betts' leadoff homer by giving up a similar shot to No. 2 hitter Dustin Pedroia, then walked two batters in the second inning to set up the second Betts home run, which gave the Red Sox a 5-0 lead.

It got much better from there. Gausman pitched through the sixth inning and gave up just two more hits. The third Betts home run came off reliever Dylan Bundy to lead off the seventh.

"The first couple innings, he had trouble finding his way," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "They hit the mistakes he made, obviously, but it was good to see him come back and compete and get through those six innings."

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez also pitched six innings and gave up two runs on six hits against the team that traded him away in 2014. He did not walk a batter.

"We knew he was going to be raring to go," Showalter said. "His first start up here, you could see why we liked him so much and they did, and why you could bring back the people you bring back for him."

The Orioles scored a run in the third inning on an infield single by Joey Rickard and an RBI double by Nolan Reimold. Their other run came on a double by Janish and a run-scoring hit by Adam Jones.

The Orioles have now lost seven of their last nine games and have dropped three games behind the Red Sox in the American League East. The Sox have won three straight and seven of their last 11.

Right-hander Mike Wright is scheduled to start for the Orioles on Wednesday night against Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly.

Leader of the pack

Tuesday marked Jones' fifth consecutive game batting leadoff for the Orioles, and he singled twice. In five games batting first, Jones is 6-for-18 (.333) with a pair of walks. The second single provided his 23rd RBI of the season.

Run, Manny, run:

His speed on the base paths certainly hasn't been what it was in last year's 20-steal effort, but shortstop Manny Machado showed he still has his wheels in chasing down a pair of pop-ups by Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz Tuesday.

He's responsible for the entire left side of the infield in the shift against Ortiz, and tracked one down in shallow left field before running all the way to the wall on the third base side for another in the seventh inning.

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Davis dips farther: First baseman Chris Davis' slump continued Tuesday, with the loss to Boston his 10th straight game without a home run. With an 0-for-4 performance at the plate, Davis is now batting 6-for-41 (.146) with 20 strikeouts in that span. He also snapped out in the eighth inning, however, hitting a moonshot that was ruled just foul down the right field line in the eighth inning.

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