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Mookie Betts hits for the cycle against Blue Jays

13 August 2018, 07:40 | Charlene Valdez

Mookie Betts hits for the cycle, crushes HR in ninth (Video) | SI.com

Grichuk drives 3 runs past Red Sox to help Jays avoid sweep

The Boston Red Sox are an MLB-best - and completely absurd - 81-35 this season, even after Thursday night's 8-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

It took until August, but Major League Baseball has its first cycle, courtesy of Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts.

"I've had some opportunities before and to finally succeed is a good feeling", said Betts, who has reached base in 25 of his past 42 plate appearances against Toronto. He celebrated his no-doubt homer by lifting a fist and smiling at Boston's dugout.

"You expect greatness from him every night", he told NESN after the game. That's cool to see.

Boston's six-game winning streak ended while Toronto snapped a three-game skid.

Randal Grichuk drove in three runs including a two-run homer for the Blue Jays (52-62). J.D. Martinez hit a solo home run, his 35 of the season. Grichuk then hit a two-run home run to cap a three-run inning and gave the Blue Jays a 7-4 lead. The home run was his 27th of the season.

Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson, and Max Muncy also went deep for Los Angeles, and Caleb Ferguson (3-1) got the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. They put some good at-bats against him and that's the second game in a row they've done that". The right-hander is 1-2 with a 9.15 ERA in 4 starts against Toronto this season.

"That's a long time for a team to be around, and for me to be the first one, it's just a privilege", Mullins said. "I'd vote them co-MVPs on this day if I had to. All you can hope is they get themselves I guess". "Late lightning today. Somebody's gotta come bail you guys out'". He pitched five innings and allowed four earned runs and three walks.

"He really battled", manager John Gibbons said. He is the first player in the 65-year history of the Orioles to have three hits in his first major league game. Andrew Benitendi opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly, Mitch Moreland hit a two-run double and Bogaerts capped the rally with a sacrifice fly off reliever Luis Santos.

YANKEES 7, RANGERS 3 Giancarlo Stanton hit the hardest home run ever measured by Major League Baseball's Statcast system, Neil Walker hit two more home runs and NY beat Texas. Happ was acquired from Toronto last month and has won both his starts with NY. The five-time All-Star, 2012 AL Cy Young Award victor and two-time AL earned run average leader has a career record of 138-74. The last leadoff hitter to do so was Brock Holt, in 2015. He doubled off the left-field wall in the fourth.

Haniger, Denard Span and Jean Segura combined for 10 hits and seven RBIs with a homer each off Verlander. That's a career high and the most homers given up by an American League pitcher.

In Cleveland, Michael Brantley's ninth-inning single gave the Indians their second straight walk-off victory over Minnesota.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (mild left shoulder inflammation) threw a bullpen session before the game and remains on track to come off the disabled list and start Sunday against Baltimore. Eovaldi has not allowed an earned run in either of his first two starts for Boston.

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