Mookie Hits For Cycle In Sox Loss

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Boston slugger Mookie Betts hit for the cycle for the first time in his career though his heroics weren't enough as the Blue Jays managed to avoid the sweep by defeating the Red Sox 8-5 on Thursday night. It was the first cycle of the major league season and the first of Betts' career. A single, double, triple and home run.

Betts got an early start to the night's action with a leadoff single off Toronto starter Ryan Borucki in the first inning. The 4-for-4 performance raised the MVP candidate's batting average to.347 for the season. "I definitely feel good about this one because I helped keep us in the game and helped us get a victory". Despite Betts' effort, the Red Sox lost 8-5 to the Blue Jays. "There aren't a lot of outs in that lineup and they are hot right now". Paxton wound up surrendering four runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.

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.

Boston starter Rick Porcello (14-5) allowed seven runs, six hits and three walks while striking out five in four-plus innings. 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.

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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.

Rookie Ariel Jurado (2-2) got Stanton to hit into a double play in the first inning, then intentionally walked Didi Gregorius before Hicks homered to make it 2-0. Martinez homered, and Nunez singled, stole second and scored on Brock Holt's single.

Chris Taylor and Brian Dozier homered in a three-run ninth inning that snapped a 5-5 tie, and Los Angeles beat Colorado in Denver. That's a career high and the most homers given up by an American League pitcher. He opened the game with a single in the first inning. He is 0-2 despite a 2.29 ERA in three starts against the Red Sox this year.

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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