Betts Homers In 9th To Complete Cycle

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Boston's leadoff man and right fielder went 3-for-3 in his first three at-bats against Jays starter Ryan Borucki: a single to left in the first, a triple to centre field in the second and a double to left in the fourth.

Betts is the 21st Red Sox player to hit for the cycle and the first in the major leagues this season.

He is 2-2 with a 4.62 ERA (25 1/3 s innings, 13 earned runs) in five career starts against the Blue Jays but hasn't faced them since August 15, 2017, in Toronto when he got the win by allowing four runs in six innings.

He's hit his first career walk-off homer, clubbed his 100 career home run, and he's now leading the Majors in batting average.

Rick Porcello (14-5) lasted just four innings while giving up seven earned runs and six hits.

A fan in the left field seats caught two home runs balls, snagging Martinez's drive in the fifth and Grichuk's in the sixth.

"There's not many outs in that lineup and they're hot right now but he's got that knack and I think there's something special about that kid", Gibbons said.

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Toronto then surged in front 3-2 in the second after Boston third baseman Eduardo Nunez flubbed an easy grounder off the bat of Kevin Pillar for an error that allowed Russell Martin to scamper home from third.

In the ninth inning, Betts hit a solo home run to complete his first career cycle to cut Toronto's lead.

It was also Betts' fifth four-hit game this season and upped his MLB-leading average to.347.

"It's tough, him and J.D. Martinez are the best in the game right now", said Smoak of Betts. It goes without saying that the Red Sox won.

- Andrew Benintendi only recorded one hit, but he made it count - it was a three-run homer in the seventh.

Toronto defeats Boston 8-5, snaps 3-game losing streak. Sanchez walked two and struck out four.

The offensive explosion rendered irrelevant Eovaldi's first bad start in a Red Sox uniform. Despite Betts' effort, the Red Sox lost 8-5 to the Blue Jays. Their 49 one-run games top the majors. RHP Dylan Bundy (7-10, 4.38) starts for the Orioles. LHP Blake Snell (12-5, 2.27) starts for the Rays.

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