Betts sets Red Sox record with 11th leadoff HR

Right fielder passes Jacoby Ellsbury for club career lead

Betts sets Red Sox record with 11th leadoff HR

ST. PETERSBURG -- All-Star Mookie Betts now has the most leadoff home runs in Red Sox history.

The right fielder clocked the third pitch of Sunday's 5-3 loss from Rays right-hander Chris Archer over the wall in left. Per Statcast™, the 11th career leadoff homer by Betts had an exit velocity of 106.3 mph and a projected distance of 406 feet.

"I guess that's pretty cool," said Betts, of setting a franchise record. "I'm just trying to do my job, get on base and score a run."

Betts, 24, had been locked in a tie with Jacoby Ellsbury for the franchise record in leadoff homers. Ellsbury played 715 games for the Red Sox from 2007-13. Betts broke the record in 441 games.

The blast against Archer was the third leadoff homer for Betts this season.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.