TORONTO – Mookie Betts has been through a couple of potential cycles in his young career, which is not surprising given his rare combination of power and speed.
The Boston AL MVP challenger has definitively canceled this milestone with his last spin on Thursday night
Betts heat in the ninth inning for his first careers cycle during the Toronto Blue Jays' # 8-5 win to finish over the Red Sox.
Betts is the 21st Red Sox player for the cycle and first in the big leagues this season. He combined and scored in the first inning, tripled in the second and doubled in the fourth against starter Ryan Borucki. After walking in the sixth, Hit Betts hit one-out drive by Ken Giles in ninth for his 27th homer of the season.
Betts got a leg eight times in his career just before the cycle, including twice a
"I've had some opportunities and it's a good feeling to finally succeed," said Betts, who in 25 his last 42 games against Toronto.
The 25-year old Betts is the first Boston player to hit the cycle since Brock Holt in 201
The AL MVP candidate was 4 for 4 to 59. With 59 RBIs and 1,102 OPS, he rose to an average of .347 in the Major League. He celebrated his unambiguous Homer by raising his fist and smiling at Boston's shelter.
"They expect greatness with him every night," said manager Alex Cora. "That was cool to see."
Boston (81-35) lost for the first time in seven games, but still has the best record in baseball.
Randal Grichuk hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth inning and Teoscar Hernández added a solo shot to help Toronto avoid a three-game sweep.
Red Sox bat JD Martinez defeated his Major League-leading 35th House Run, a solo drive in the fifth.
Boston starter Rick Porcello (19659002) 14-5) allowed seven runs and six hits in four innings. Porcello lost to the Blue Jays for the first time since a home defeat on July 13, a game in which he allowed a season-worst eight earned runs.
"We have to look at that," Cora said. Breaking balls, fastballs, bills, they were on him, situation was not great, we saw it from the beginning, but still, you put some good thugs against him and that's that second straight game that they did. "
The right-hander is 1-2 with a 9.15 ERA in four starts against Toronto this season.
"I do not know what their line-up is," Porcello said. "They do a good job against me, they make me go to the strike zone, they go for a walk and then they do damage, I have to figure something out against these people to get over it."
Borucki 2-2) allowed four runs and one career – the worst nine hits in five innings but won his second straight start.
"He really fought," manager John Gibbons said. "There are not many outs in this lineup and they are hot right now."
Borucki threw eight shutout innings to beat the Mariners for his first Major League victory in his previous outing.
TWO FOR TWO
A fan in the left field seats caught two home runs, snatching Martinez's drive in the fifth and Grichuks in the sixth.
Home Run Derby
Porcello has allowed 26 career home runs against Toronto, more than any other opponent. He has given up 21 career home runs against Minnesota.
Red Sox : LHP Chris Sale (light left shoulder inflammation) threw a bullpen session before the game and remains on his way to finish the disabled list and start against Baltimore on Sunday. Boston pulled left-back Drew Pomeranz to the bullpen and will retain LHP Brian Johnson as starter after Sale & # 39; s return.
Blue Jays : RHP's Aaron Sanchez (right forefinger) allowed four runs and five hits in three innings in a rehab start for Toronto's rookie-level Gulf Coast League team. Sanchez went two and hit four. … Toronto promoted LHP Thomas Pannone from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned RHP Mike Hauschild to Triple-A. Pannone served at the beginning of this season to an 80-fold performance-enhancing drug suspension.
Red Sox: RHP's Nathan Eovaldi (5-4, 3:38) begins the prelude to a weekend series in Baltimore. Eovaldi has not earned a deserved run in both of his first two starts for Boston. RHP Dylan Bundy (7-10, 4.38) kicks off for the Orioles  Blue Jays : RHP Marco Estrada (5-8, 4.65) kicks off a three-match series against Tampa Bay. Estrada allowed a run in seven innings against Seattle in his previous outing, snatching a four-start winness episode. LHP Blake Snell (12-5, 2.27) starts for the rays.