Who's swinging the lumber? Mookie Betts hits for first career cycle

Heather Diaz
August 13, 2018

That changed Thursday night, as the Red Sox superstar earned yet another accolade in the team's 8-5 loss to the Blue Jays.

Borucki pitched eight shutout innings to beat the Mariners for his first major league win in his previous outing.

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

"He's pretty good", Toronto starter Ryan Borucki said with a laugh, when asked about Betts, who hit a single in the first, a triple in the second, a double in the fourth to go along with his homer.

Betts continues to put together a stellar MVP-level campaign, raising his OPS to a ridiculous 1.103 in 2018. "I definitely feel good about this one because I helped keep us in the game and helped us get a victory". "There aren't a lot of outs in that lineup and they are hot right now". Borucki gave up a solo home run to J.D. Martinez in the fourth, his homer less streak coming to an end at 47.1 innings, tied for the third longest all time by a Blue Jay to start their career.

Stanton's 28th homer traveled an estimated 449 feet and was clocked at 121.7 miles per hour according to Statcast.

Boston starter Rick Porcello (14-5) allowed 7 runs and 6 hits in 4 innings.

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The Red Sox have won 11 of 13 to open a nine-game lead over the second-place Yankees in the AL East.

The 2016 A.L. Cy Young Award victor was uncharacteristically off, issuing two walks to the first two batters he faced. The rookie left-hander battled though to even his record at 2-2. It's the first since Brock Holt back in June 2015.

Boston's comeback overshadowed the big league debut of Baltimore centre fielder Cedric Mullins, who doubled twice, singled, scored three runs and drove in two.

DODGERS 8, ROCKIES 5 Chris Taylor and Brian Dozier homered off closer Wade Davis in the ninth inning and Los Angeles exploited Colorado's shaky bullpen.

Porcello has allowed 26 career home runs against Toronto, more than any other opponent. Though the Red Sox have had a proclivity for shining late in games all season, they couldn't rally in this one.

A ninth-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2013 who arrived in Toronto in a July 31 trade deadline deal previous year, it marked his first trip into a major-league setting.

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